REFILE-World Music Awards postponed due to visa issues, Newtown tragedy

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LOS ANGELES, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The World Music Awards was

postponed on Thursday due to "logistical and multiple visa

issues," organizers said, two days before the event was

scheduled to be held in Miami.

Event producers John Martinotti and Marcol International

said in a statement that the Dec. 22 awards ceremony also was

being delayed in the wake of the elementary school shooting in

Newtown, Connecticut, last week.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience but this decision had to

be made due to logistical and multiple visa issues and in view

of this week's national mourning. Fans have been a great support

to the artists and have voted online in huge numbers," the

producers said in a statement.

The winners in categories ranging from world's best song,

world's best artists and entertainer of the year, are picked by

fans who vote online. The statement said that votes will

continue to be collected until a new date is set for the show.

This year's nominees include Usher, Justin Bieber, Nicki

Minaj, Rihanna and Chris Brown. Past winners include Whitney

Houston, Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson.

The awards ceremony, founded in 1989 and hosted by Monaco's

Prince Albert II, has primarily taken place in Monte Carlo and

proceeds from the show go to charity. This year, show producers

decided to move it to Marlins Park Stadium in Miami.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by Eric Kelsey)

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