Ashanti shocked, Too $hort and E-40 set after cancelled 'Verzuz' showdown

'Never in a million years did I think I would get COVID'
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Fans will have to wait a bit longer for the highly-anticipated Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole.

Producers made the announcement over the weekend, saying, "Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19 beforehand, and we cannot put anyone at risk in the process." Admitting this is the first time the virus struck "so close to showtime," they apologized for the inconvenience, offered a make-up date, and pleaded with fans to "wear a mask, stay inside, and take COVID-19 seriously. It’s truly affecting our community."

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While Ashanti updated her fans about the bad news, she also floated the idea of doing the battle from the comfort of her home. It seems that will not be the plan moving forward, however, and Keyshia and Ashanti have been rescheduled for January 9.

In a follow-up post Ashanti got more personal, sharing a video and commenting, "We all go through lessons in life... and hopefully this serves as a lesson that this pandemic is very real... thank you guys so much for all of your love and prayers...Thank you to everyone supporting the verzuz... much love to @keyshiacole and we’ll see y’all on January 9th!!!"

“It’s very, very crazy,” the singer said. “Never in a million years did I think I would get COVID.” Cole was among the commenters wishing Ashanti well, along with celebs Tamar Braxton and Paul Wall.

Verzuz will be featuring "legends of the bay" E-40 and Too $hort in place of Ashanti and Keyshia this Saturday, December 19th starting at 8PM ET. "Y'all know we had to do a BIG holiday party!" the new announcement says. "Who you wit!?"

"Me & @e40 are READY to tell all the youngstas how we put The Bay on the map & influenced the world," Too $hort boiasted on his Instagram page. "We gon’ end this year on a good note, loved ones," E-40 added. "It’s a celebration, ya feel me."

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