Brandy and Monica blessed 1.2million people with an epic Verzuz battle overnight, in which they faced off with their iconic tunes as well as discussed their feud in an Instagram live that spanned hours.
Oh, and they welcomed a very special guest in the form of Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris during the two-hour special.
Their anticipated Verzuz battle aired Monday night (or very, very early on Tuesday morning if you’re in the UK) and was joined by other famous faces, with former first lady and all-round boss queen Michele Obama popping up in the comments alongside Mariah Carey.
Encouraging people to vote in the upcoming US election, Harris added: ‘I just wanted to thank you ladies, just you queens, you stars, you icons.’
Starting on a sombre note, the pair dedicated the event to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died last week aged 43.
Monica, 39, said: ‘To his wife, to his fans, to his colleagues, everyone that is suffering so much, we pray we can bring a little bit of joy by acknowledging the music and the arts, because he was a man that was dedicated to the arts.’
Once going, the pair addressed the elephant in the room: their former feud – which apparently went on during the reign of their 1998 hit, The Boy Is Mine, and is why so many tuned in, we know it.
Monica said of the friction: ‘I wanted to speak to you face to face. The more we’re talked about, the more it came to be difficult, unnecessarily. And I really really am a straight shooter and I really do admire what you’ve done musically and what you’ve had to endure personally.’
Brandy, 41, responded, after saying the pair hadn’t been in the same room for eight years: ‘I just need you to know that I have the utmost love and respect for you, no matter the times where it seemed like I didn’t.’
Their song battle – which is part of an ongoing series by producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland – featured some absolute bops we haven’t heard in eons, including hits I Wanna Be Down and Don’t Take It Personal.
Brandy also read several poems, one of which she dedicated to stars who recently passed – like Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Nipsey Hussle and Boseman – and even broke out her Moesha journal, before playing her hit Missing You, which gave punters all the feels.
In the mix, Monica also premiered her new song Trenches with Lil Baby.
And, of course, no Monica and Brandy battle is ever complete without their 1998 hit finishing the show, which aired on Verzuz’s Instagram Live channel, as well as Apple Music and Apple TV.
Despite the love-in, which saw the pair join hands at one point, fans on social media joked there was friction between the two, however Monica insisted during the session that she’d matured from her days of ‘kickin’ in doors and smackin’ chicks,’ to which Brandy joked she knew of that time from personal experience.
Anyway, Alexa, stream The Boy Is Mine.
Credit: Original article published here.