Puerto Rican singer, Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, was recently diagnosed with the coronavirus.
The “Dakiti” singer was set to perform at the 2020 American Music Awards this past Sunday, but he had to cancel due to receiving a positive test result for COVID-19. He presented virtually at the awards show and ended up securing the award for favorite male Latin artist as well as favorite Latin music album for his 2020 album YHLQMDLG.
— lila (@badbenitoM) November 23, 2020
Bad Bunny accepted his awards virtually and made a short speech via video: “Woo! Thank you to the AMAs for this award. Thank you to all my fans. To all the people who listen to me, who support me, who always believe in my music, I always do it for you. To Latinos running the world, I love you.”
His commercial for Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos premiered during the ceremony as well.
bad bunny new commercial for cheetos 🔥 pic.twitter.com/QtpxDIh3aw
— Bad Bunny Updates (@badbunnyprnews) November 20, 2020
In a press release sent out on Monday, Acoustyle Digital Marketing & Communication said: “Bad Bunny was originally set to perform his #1 global hit ‘Dákiti’ with Jhay Cortez live for the first time at the AMAs, but unfortunately, the artist tested positive for COVID-19, which forced him to cancel the presentation.”
I’ll be in the lab for the next 3 days finding a cure for Bad Bunny 🦠 pic.twitter.com/5Cu7B40KdK
— Francisco Oceano 🤍 (@Trapxficant3) November 23, 2020
Fans of the singer were obviously disappointed and openly expressed those feelings on social media platforms. However, it is clearly more important that all of the presenters, performers and attendees are safe and healthy.
Although Bad Bunny was not feeling or experiencing any harsh symptoms from the virus, he ended up having to cancel any appearances for safety reasons. His publicist, Sujeylee Solá, opened up to CBS News on Monday regarding the news: “As of today, he’s feeling OK. Praying it remains that way.”
Me taking care of Bad Bunny after I found out he has Covid pic.twitter.com/AVdRAXQqo7
— deb🐝 (@abcdebbieee) November 23, 2020
Fans began to speculate about why Bad Bunny would cancel his AMAs performance last minute. He was set to perform “Dakiti” with Jhay Cortez at the event and countless fans were looking forward to it. However, he cancelled at the last minute without any explanation.
This the mf that gave Bad bunny Covid 😤😂 pic.twitter.com/Rp7XVP6PhJ
— Tóxico pero fiel 😌 (@elgueroatl) November 23, 2020
Within minutes of the news that he had tested positive, fans were sent into a frenzy. Many decided to start making playful memes about the diagnosis and sharing them on social media. Others decided to tweet and message Bad Bunny with positive messages in hopes for a speedy recovery.
Some fans are annoyed that memes are being created as a result of this recent news. Many have called social media users “insensitive” or “cruel” for making any sort of joke about the singer’s diagnosis. However, others are defending the creation of these memes because they are all in good fun and “harmless.”
Bad Bunny has tested positive for COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/UfUzNzwc0A
— Aileen (@aileenwthenews) November 23, 2020
Bad Bunny has been surprising fans with virtual performances and other safe appearances amid the coronavirus chaos. In September, he performed a live concert in New York City on top of a truck. He even stopped to perform in front of Harlem Hospital to give a tribute performance to healthcare and frontline workers.
“I want to give thanks for so much love and support, and respect and thanks to all the people that have sacrificed their lives, giving it all for the wellbeing of this city,” he said.
bad bunny tested positive for covid nooooooooooooo wtffffffffff pic.twitter.com/xKOMa4xJYP
— 🥀 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒔𝒊𝒆 🥀 (@b0otsie) November 23, 2020
Earlier this month, Bad Bunny also made an appearance at the 2020 Latin Grammys. He performed hits “Bichiyal” and “Si Veo a Tu Mama.”
Unfortunately, he is not the first celebrity, singer or person to receive a positive test result for COVID-19. Currently, there have been over 250,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States. There are over 1 million deaths in connection to the coronavirus worldwide. These numbers, unfortunately, continue to rise on a daily basis in many states and parts of the world.
Bad Bunny has COVID, I can't take 2020 anymore this is the last straw pic.twitter.com/ngUYfCcxnn
— Don't Mention it Patchy (@Yaaasmeenie) November 23, 2020
Bad Bunny’s publicity team made it clear that he is not available for interviews/statements regarding this news.