R&B singer Ashanti has come down with COVID-19, and so the Verzuz battle between her and Keyshia Cole, scheduled for last night has been postponed.
The pair was set to face off Saturday night December 12th. Ashanti says she’s feeling well however, despite having covid, and was trying to make the event happen from home. Before that could happen though, the official Verzuz Instagram account announced a postponement.
“Hey y’all I can’t believe I’m saying this but I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m ok and not in any pain. I’m actually down to do the verzuz from my house… we’re tring to figure it all out!!!” wrote Ashanti in a note on Instagram shortly after 6 p.m. ET.
Entertainment sources said that both teams are working to get the Versuz battle up and running next week.
Under an hour later, Verzuz revealed their decision to postpone the battle, writing: “Unfortunately, we have to postpone tonight’s @Ashanti vs @KeyshiaCole #VERZUZ. Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19 beforehand, and we cannot put anyone at risk in the process. First time this has struck us so close to showtime. We apologize to our incredible audience! Get well soon, Ashanti. Wear a mask, stay inside, and take COVID-19 seriously. It’s truly affecting our community.”
Verzuz was created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz during the COVID-19 pandemic. The web series puts two hip-hop or R&B stars head-to-head as they play through their respective discographies during a three-hour session. Some of Verzuz’s most notable battles include Teddy Riley and Babyface, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Brandy and Monica, Ludacris and Nelly and Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane.