R&B fans were all dressed up and ready for the Ashanti and Keyshia Cole Verzuz battle that was scheduled to take place on Saturday (Dec. 12) night. Rumors began to surface on social media in the afternoon that the musical showdown between the R&B divas would be canceled, and fans immediately started sharing their reactions on Twitter.
For a lot of fans, the battle was supposed to be the highlight of their weekend and soon they saw their plans come crashing down after it was confirmed that the show would be postponed after Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19—and fans weren’t pleased.
Ashanti vs. Keyshia cancelled & I’m already on my 3rd glass of wine pic.twitter.com/YlDxI2DLa1— arrogant sae (@jasaeeeee) December 12, 2020
Since the battle was announced earlier this month, fans were looking forward to a night full of music and watching along the singers exchanging the stories and histories behind their biggest songs. Many shared their plans and what outfits they would be wearing to watch the battle, and some fans complained that the Verzuz was going to be the best part of their weekend.
Others planned viewing parties and gatherings with their loved ones to watch what would have been an epic battle, despite the ongoing pandemic.
yo who gon tell my sister the verzuz cancelled???? LMAO pic.twitter.com/9jUJtDj3I2— déjavu (@dejarmani) December 12, 2020
People were throwing/attending social gatherings & watch parties for the cancelled verzuz, yet got mad at Ashanti for not social distancing pic.twitter.com/aZg8iAzAvI— Definitely Ahead Of Its Time❕ (@RarityJay) December 13, 2020
Once the news broke and it was officially confirmed that the two songstresses weren’t going head to head, the singers’ fans were emotional and made sure they shared their feelings with the world.
Ashanti took to Instagram to reveal why the event didn’t take place. She posted a message that read, “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 trying to figure it out.” Some people couldn’t help but express their frustrations and were quick to criticize Ashanti’s decisions that led to the cancelation, with some saying that her recent trips led to her diagnosis—which she later denied on Instagram Live.
The devil didn’t buy that ticket to Kenya, Ashanti. Don’t put him in it. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/QbrqV2IsKI— ChaosAgentOfColor (@KirkWrites79) December 13, 2020
Ashanti wait 2 hours before the battle to announce she got covid. Typical murder inc records bullshit— Moe/beats 824 (@Moebeatsz3) December 12, 2020
Ashanti realized Keyshia was about to clean up and said— Brother Nurture (@20daysofJune) December 12, 2020
Keyshia and Ashanti have made fools outta me. I am not pleased!!!!! pic.twitter.com/LVSrqf4Xvd— Neiman Marcus Stan Account (@TheBrookeAsh) December 12, 2020
While some were disappointed to hear that the show was rescheduled for Jan. 9, others demanded that the singers continued the battle from their respective homes via Instagram Live the way the Verzuz battles were done initially.
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait another month before they get to watch the two R&B legends go head to head. But, not too long. Verzuz officially announced that the new date will be on Saturday, Jan. 9. and wished Ashanti a speedy recovery. “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,” the Instagram post read. “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.”
Check out some more hilarious tweets about the postponed Ashanti and Keyshia Cole Verzuz below.
Keyshia when Ashanti coughed on Live pic.twitter.com/VH8QVNJQea— TC’s Album “RAIN” (@TiyonxChristian) December 13, 2020
Watching that Live had me like New York when Flav ain’t pick her I love Ashanti and Keyshia Cole and hope Ashanti feel better, but I’m still sad we ain’t getting the #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/TcmGlZXfc4— (@_BadTingzs) December 13, 2020
Ashanti vs. Keyshia Cole: Canceled— Raphæl de la Ghetto (@ilovesmick) December 13, 2020
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