By Kevin Kayhart For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:46 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 02:46 BST, 1 August 2020
A surprise appearance by two of pop music's biggest stars has been scrapped.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were slated to perform their duet -- Rain On Me -- for the first time since its release in May at the Drive ’N Drag tour stop in Los Angeles on Friday, but it was canceled due to fears that the crowd would not follow social-distancing rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to pull the plug comes just days after a 'drive-in' concert in The Hamptons, featuring The Chainsmokers, came under scrutiny after maskless fans crowded the front of the stage.
Scrapped: The surprise performance by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in Los Angeles on Friday was canceled due to fears that fans would not adhere to social distancing rules
'Gaga really wanted to do it, but the Rose Bowl pulled the plug because of what happened in the Hamptons,' a music insider told Page Six.
'They feared that once the crowd realized who it was, they would run toward the stage, not social distance, and they feared they’d lose their license.'
The drive-in event, featuring stars like Asia O’Hara, Plastique Tiara, Kameron Michaels, Jaida Essence Hall, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Violet Chachki went on as scheduled -- with the exception of the Gaga-Grande duet.