The raging COVID-19 pandemic and the right-wing attack on the Capitol are seemingly to blame.
"This has been an emotional week. In addition, as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, safety is a top priority for us," read a statement from the Verzuz team. "As much as we enjoy having everyone together in the same room, to protect the artists and everyone who works with us in putting the shows together, we’ll be going back to separate locations for a bit."
The two singers were originally slated to face off on Dec. 12, but the original showdown was pushed after Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before their battle. "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!!!" Ashanti wrote on Instagram at 6:00 p.m. on the 12th, just two hours before the event was slated to take place.