Ashanti Tests Positive for COVID-19, Keyshia Cole Verzuz Battle Postponed
The paperwork is in.
Following months of speculation, Ashanti and Keyshia Cole have officially announced that they will go head to head in the next installment of Verzuz. The R&B queens will celebrate ladies night with 20 of their biggest hits during the highly-anticipated event, which will stream live on Apple Music and Instagram on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.
“It’s a #celebration,” tweeted Keyshia following the announcement.
Which Libra you got?!
Saturday, December 12th, 5PM PT / 8PM ET. Watch on our IG or in HD on @AppleMusic.
— Verzuz (@verzuzonline) December 4, 2020
Fans including Cardi B are already sharing their excitement for the epic showdown. “Warning to all you mans out there (including mine) be nice the day of the Ashanti VS Keyshia Verzuz battle,” tweeted Cardi. “Its going to be a lot of singing with this face On you.”
Warning to all you mans out there (including mine) be nice the day of the Ashanti VS Keyshia Verzuz battle.Its going to be a lot of singing with this face😒😒On you.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 4, 2020
Back in July, Keyshia challenged Ashanti to a battle, but Ashanti did not respond to the proposed pairing. Then earlier this week, Keyshia confirmed that she would be doing Verzuz, but did not reveal her challenger.
The Ashanti vs. Keyshia battle follows Gucci Mane vs. Jeezy, which broke all Verzuz records with over 1.8 million viewers.
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have also teased more potential Verzuz battles including Diddy vs. Dr. Dre. “The universe has been bringing these magical wishes, so I can’t even say what’s not gonna happen anymore,” Swizz told TMZ.
UPDATE: Just hours before showtime, Ashanti reveals that she tested positive for COVID-19. In light of her diagnosis, today’s Verzuz battle with Keyshia Cole has been postponed until Jan. 9, 2021. See the official announcement below.