"RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, SNOW LET'S GO," the Verzuz Instagram account shared on Jan. 12 after the matchup had been delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first delay happened after Ashanti revealed just hours before the planned Dec. 12 battle that she had tested positive for COVID-19. The second postponement came on Jan. 8, as cases continued to skyrocket.
Cole nudged Verzuz co-creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz back in May about the match-up, sharing a hit-for-hit comparison list that a fan created. This marks the fourth all-female Verzuz battle, following Erykah Badu vz. Jill Scott, Brandy vz. Monica, and Gladys Knight vz. Patti LaBelle.