COVID-19 forces cancellation of 2020 musical award ceremony hinh anh 1At the award ceremony in 2019 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Voting and award ceremony of the 2020 Cong hien (Devotion) Music Awards will be cancelled due to complicated development of the COVID-19 outbreak, announced the organisers on March 12.

The annual event is held by Vietnam News Agency’s The Thao & Van Hoa (Sports and Culture) newspaper.

Initially, the voting was slated for March 11 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the award ceremony, for March 21 in HCM City.

Ballots will be sent to reporters via emails on March 19 and must be sent back by two days later. This will be the first time online voting has been applied in the 15-year history of the prestigious awards.

The newspaper will present the awards to winners of the nine categories at its HCM City-based office on March 25.

The annual Devotion Music Awards began in 2004 to promote Vietnamese music and honour artists with significant contributions to the industry./.