On Saturday night, Ashanti shared on Instagram that she had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the event.
“Hey y’all I can’t believe I’m saying this but I tested positive for COVID-19,” the singer wrote. “I’m ok and not in any pain. I’m actually down to do the Verzuz from my house… we’re trying to figure it all out!!!”
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.”
The battle’s new date is Jan. 9.
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.
Ashanti and Keyshia Cole’s battle was set to be the second in Verzuz’s second season, following the Nov. 19 event featuring Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane. The webcast’s first season consisted of two parts and 20 matchups in total.