R&B singers Ashanti and Keyshia Cole are finally going to face off in a highly-anticipated Verzuz battle. The duo are now set for a much-needed clash planned to go down later this month.
Ashanti + Keyshia Cole’s Rescheduled Verzuz
The Verzuz social media accounts finally announced the battle date. It also promised this would be the finalized face-off following multiple setbacks.
RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, SNOW LET’S GO 🙌🏽 Join us Thursday, January 21st as we kick off the first #VERZUZ of 2021 with @Ashanti and @KeyshiaCole. Thank you everyone for being patient with us. We can’t wait for this magical night with Keyshia and Ashanti! Tune in Thursday, January 21st, 5PM PT / 8PM ET. Watch on our IG or in HD on @AppleMusic. Drinks by @Ciroc Merch by @ntwrk #VERZUZ
Ashanti + Keyshia Cole Address Latest Verzuz Delay
The music stars can’t wait to battle it out. After their highly-anticipated Verzuz battle was once again delayed for coronavirus-related reasons, the R&B stars have both spoken out.
“Hey y’all!! Unfortunately the pandemic strikes again 😩 Of course we were all ready for the @verzuztv but due to the recent spike in Coronavirus cases along with everything else going on in our Country 🤦🏽♀️ @applemusic wanted to ensure the health and safety of staff, production @keyshiacole & myself first. Having already experienced COVID-19 I completely understand. I hope you at least got a laugh from this video🤣. I saw a lot of people posting the watch parties, the outfits & get togethers. I truly appreciate you! Thank you guys so much for all of the continued love and support. I’m always ready..with or without covid. Respectfully. Love y’all ❤️💕” – Ashanti
“I’m so sorry the @verzuztv event didn’t happen! I want you guys to kno, I really think @applemusic didn’t want to put staff/Production in danger along with @ashanti and myself. Due to the recent spike with the Corona virus …. I kno you all had get togethers and parties planned in states that were open. I’m so sorry! I love you guys, and thank you for the continued love and support over all these years!!! I BEEN READY! And I STAY READY!!!💪🏽” – Keyshia Cole
Verzuz Announces Crushing Setback
Last week, the Verzuz battle series suffered another setback. As anticipation mounted for singers Ashanti and Keyshia Cole to finally face-off with their hits, the organization announced a shocking delay for safety measures. The Verzuz Instagram page revealed its decision to reconsider its battle policies. Despite some of the most unforgettable face-offs happening in-person with both featured artists, the organization said it would go back to separate locations.
“This has been an emotional week. In addition, as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, safety is a top priority for us. As much as we enjoy having everyone together in the same room, to protect the artists and everyone who works with us in putting the shows together, we’ll be going back to separate locations for a bit. We’re excited for the next few events, and look forward to getting back to the show in the coming weeks. ASHANTI VS KEYSHIA COLE: COMING SOON”
Timbaland + Swizz Beatz Pick The Best Verzuz
Put on the spot by “The Carlos Watson Show,” Verzuz co-creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz settled on one answer for who had the best battle: Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. The two Jamaican icons went at it in May of 2020.
“I would have to say Beenie Man gave the best performance.” (Timbaland)
In case you missed it, the Verzuz between dancehall heavyweights Beenie Man and Bounty Killer was crazy. Pour yourself something and check out the whole event jam-packed event.
#VERZUZ Presents: Bounty Killer vs Beenie Man