Monica (L) and Brandy (R) went head to head for a new episode of Verzuz
Singers Brandy and Monica went to face-to-face for the popular Verzuz live stream but a behind-the-scenes video of the pair appearing very friendly sparked a debate on whether women are pitted against each other.
The episode, which aired on 1 September, broke records for Verzuz, reaching 1 million concurrent views and peaking at 1.2 million.
This is what Brandy and Monica were actually doing after Verzuz while y’all were on here making memes about how the… https://t.co/LbnL4VFiPw
The singers have consistently denied any rift after a planned performance at the 1999 Grammy Awards – where “The Boy is Mine” won Best R&B Song by a Group or Duo – was called off.
The recent clip surfaced online after many fans commented on how “awkward” the episode was because they have been subject to major tabloid scrutiny over speculation that the feud in their song had spilled over into a real-life one.
Even though some followers pointed out many incidents of “shade” and moments of discomfort the two singers expressed their admiration and respect for one another throughout the three-hour live-streamed event.
This is the most tense #Verzuz I’ve ever watched! They really hate each other 😩😭
We’ve seen it happen on multiple occasions with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and more recently Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. It’s rare to see men embroiled in such unprovoked long-term rivalries.
Meanwhile, the Verzuz competitions has seen a number of music heavyweights facing one another with their biggest hits, which was launched in March.
Previous instalments of the series have featured DMX vs Snoop Dogg, and 2 Chainz vs Rick Ross.