Doja Cat pulls out of BRIT Awards performance due to COVID-19

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Doja Cat has pulled out of this year's BRIT Awards, blaming the coronavirus pandemic, just as Adele confirms she will perform at the ceremony.

The Say So rapper was due to perform live at the 2022 music awards at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday 8 February along with Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran.

But the 26-year-old American singer announced on social media that she was cancelling her appearance as too many of her team had tested positive for COVID-19, making it impossible to rehearse.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 8: Doja Cat performs during the 2022 College Football Playoff Concert Series at Monument Circle on January 8, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Doja Cat has pulled out of performing at the BRIT Awards. (Getty Images)

Doja tweeted: "Unfortunately due to cases of COVID within my crew, I will no longer be performing at the Brits.

“My team and I have been in rehearsals for weeks and despite taking the utmost caution, numerous members of my crew (both on and off stage) have tested positive for COVID. It’s simply not safe for us to continue to rehearse together and put each other in harm’s way.

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“I can’t wait to perform for my UK fans as soon as I can. Take care of yourselves.”

The Kiss Me More star is nominated for two BRIT awards this year, including Best International Song and International Artist Of The Year, alongside Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.

Adele was emotional after reuniting with her favourite school teacher on stage at the London Palladium. (ITV)
Adele was emotional after reuniting with her favourite school teacher on stage at the London Palladium. (ITV)

Her announcement comes just as Adele confirmed she will be performing at this year's ceremony.

The Easy On Me singer - who recently cancelled her Las Vegas residency at the last minute - took to social media to shoot down rumours she was pulling out of the BRITs ceremony.

She also addressed claims her relationship with US sports agent Rich Paul is on the rocks.

Adele wrote on Instagram: "Hiya, so I’m really happy to say that I am performing at the BRITs next week!! Anddddd [sp] I’ll also be popping in to see Graham for a chat on the couch while I’m in town too! I’m looking forward to it! Oh, and Rich sends his love."

The Someone Like You singer is referring to an appearance on The Graham Norton Show while she is in the UK.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15:  Adele  performs on stage at the The BRIT Awards 2011 at O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Adele performing 'Someone Like You' at the The BRIT Awards 2011 at the O2 Arena accompanied on piano. (Getty Images)

Adele's vocal performance of Someone Like You at the 2011 BRITs has gone down in history as one of the most memorable in the awards ceremony's history.

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The BRIT Awards 2022 with Mastercard take place Tuesday 8 February at The O2 arena, exclusively broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub and hosted by Mo Gilligan.