Ashanti & Keyshia Cole 'Verzuz' Battle Postponed Again

The raging COVID-19 pandemic and the right-wing attack on the Capitol are seemingly to blame.

In light of the continuing out-of-control COVID-19 pandemic, the Ashanti/Keyshia Cole Verzuz battle has been postponed once again.

"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.

The event was then rescheduled for Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

In announcing the second pushback, the Verzuz team said they were excited for the "next few events, and look forward to getting back to the show in the coming weeks.”

At press time, they had not announced a new date for the Ashanti/Cole face-off.

Verzuz began as a socially-distanced event on Instagram Live. While Ashanti said she was okay with doing the sing-off from a distance, Cole said at the time that she wanted to give Ash "a hug... I want to sing your songs in front of you. I want you to be there and do the same."

In a New Year's Day post, Ashanti revealed that she and her parents tested negative for COVID in the last days of 2020. "Starting off the new year Amazing and Covid free!!! Got my negative results back 2 days ago," she wrote on Instagram on Jan. 1.

At press time, spokespeople for the singers had not returned requests for comment.

See the statement below.