Diddy has canceled his annual New Year’s Eve party in Florida due to concern for rising coronavirus rates.
The Hip Hop mogul, whose real name is Sean Combs, was set to host the NYE banger with 500 of his closest friends and family in Miami on Friday (Dec. 31) but canceled the rager earlier in December once the Omicron variant of COVID-19 began to run rampant across the United States.
Florida recorded a daily total of 32,850 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Diddy had previously canceled the celebration last New Year’s Eve because of the coronavirus, prior to the widespread availability of vaccinations.
In 2019, he held a New Year’s Eve bash at Miami’s Story Nightclub that boasted a starry guest list including DJ Khaled, Winnie Harlow, Fat Joe, Meek Mill and DaBaby.
Throughout the pandemic, the rap legend has concentrated his energies on a variety of charity activities to aid people in need.
The “Coming Home” rapper handed out $50 dollars to individuals in the audience during an event in Miami’s Overtown area last December, while other organizations distributed $50 gift cards to Publix supermarkets and bags of vital groceries, according to the AP.
Diddy was also engaged in a partnership with the nonprofit Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (TEES) via his Sean Combs Foundation and businessman Michael Gardner in December of 2020 in an attempt to aid 175 families with rental payments.
The “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper presided over The Team Love Dance-A-Thon, an Instagram live fundraising event that raised more than $3.4 million to support the charitable organizations Team Love and Direct Relief deliver humanitarian aid to individuals affected by the coronavirus in April of 2020, at the start of the epidemic. Drake, Jennifer Lopez, and LeBron James and others, were among the celebrities that attended the event.
During the pandemic, Diddy’s firm, Combs Enterprises, launched Our Fair Share, an online campaign to assist minority small business owners.
“COVID-19 is devastating our communities and without access to stimulus funding we risk losing critical businesses that create jobs and help build opportunities and wealth in our communities,” he said in an April 2020 news release.
“I created Our Fair Share to help entrepreneurs play on an even playing field and give them a chance to survive with the hope to thrive,” he added.