LL Cool J canceled his New Years Eve performance after testing positive for Covid-19.
The 53-year-old musician was scheduled to perform on Dick Clark’s New Years Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest in New York City.
In a statement to People, he said: “I know it’s disappointing for the millions of fans, but my test came back positive for Covid, which means I won’t be able to play NYRE as planned anymore.
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“We were ready and I was really looking forward to ringing 2022 in my hometown in a special way, but for now I wish everyone a Happy New Year.
“The best is yet to come!”
The hip hop star, real name James Smith, has canceled his appearance on the show, which is still expected to include a performance by Karol G.
R&B singer Chloé will also no longer take the stage at the event.
Stars joining Los Angeles 50th anniversary celebrations include Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi with Sleepy Brown, French Montana, Macklemore and pop group OneRepublic.
Daddy Yankee is scheduled to perform from Puerto Rico, while Billy Porter will appear from New Orleans.
Plans to scale back the New Years Eve celebration in Times Square were announced last week after an increase in Covid-19 cases in New York City.
Meanwhile, the New Years holidays in England have been given the green light after ministers announced that no new coronavirus restrictions will be imposed until the end of 2021.