Sam Smith has pulled out of the Billboard Music Awards after suffering vocal strain.
The ‘Like I Can’ hitmaker is now unable to perform at the annual award ceremony, which is taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1.
A statement on his Twitter reads: “In the wake of cutting his South African tour short last week, Sam’s medical specialists are requiring him to have further rest. Regrettably this means he will be unable to perform at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku this weekend or the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas next week. We apologise for the disappointment for those affected, but the primary focus at this time needs to be on Sam’s recovery and health.”