Britney Spears was a surprise no-show at Wednesday night’s People’s Choice Awards after she fell ill shortly before she was due to attend.
The singer, 34, was expected to join a host of big names at the annual ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
However, after becoming sick earlier that day, she ended up staying home and was unable to collect the award for Favourite Social Media Celebrity.
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No show: Britney Spears – pictured at he 2014 ceremony – was due to attend Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards, but failed to attend after becoming ill
Sick note: The 34-year-old published a statement on her Instagram apologised for her lack of attendance and thanking her fans for their support
Instead, she posted a statement on Instagram apologising for her lack of attendance: ‘I wish I could have been at the People’s Choice Awards tonight but I started feeling sick. Thank you so much for voting for me for Favorite Social Media Celebrity.
‘This is dedicated to my fans, the Britney Army – without you this would not be possible. I love that I can share my world with you and that you are so supportive of me.
‘Remember to be kind online and spread love. Thank you.’
Empty: The singer had a coveted front row seat reserved for her at the star-studded ceremony at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday night
The mother-of-two managed to clinch this year’s title after beating off some tough competition, including Taylor Swift and Beyonce.
Completing the nominees were actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and actress Anna Kendrick.
Britney was named the winner after receiving the most amount of public votes for her Twitter and Instagram updates.
With 7.2million followers on Instagram, Britney has a way to go before she matches Beyonce’s 56.1million and Taylor’s 61.8million.
Wowing the crowd: Britney performing at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas last weekend
However, when it comes to Twitter, the singer is a lot more successful, having gained 43.7million followers.
Two weeks ago, Britney wrote excitedly of her plans to attend the ceremony as she uploaded a photo of her holding her 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Pop Artist.
She enthused: ‘Consider this my official RSVP to the show, @peopleschoice!! See you on January 6th! #PCAs.’
Sharing her life: Britney often posts photos of herself with her sons on her Instagram account