Brandy and Monica Reunite in Record-Breaking 'Verzuz' Battle

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More than two decades after the release of their chart-topping, Grammy-winning duet "The Boy Is Mine" and the rumored tension that followed, beloved '90s artists Brandy and Monica reunited Monday night during the latest episode of the Instagram live series Verzuz. The two celebrated their biggest hits during the virtual showdown that garnered over 1.2 million viewers on Instagram live alone. 

Kickstarted by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, the Verzuz series features two artists from similar musical genres, eras or cultural moments to face off with one another during a virtual showcase. For the R&B queens, the reunion marked a special milestone in the rollercoaster journey that has accompanied their professional and personal camaraderie. 

Before they addressed their past feud, Brandy and Monica kicked off the highly anticipated stream by paying tribute to a slew of late icons, including Chadwick Boseman, Whitney Houston, Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle with a tear-jerking performance of 1996's "Missing You."

The two then showered each other with praise while acknowledging their past issues. 

"It feels good," Brandy shared. "I haven't seen her in so long, and so to still have this kind of chemistry, and love... No matter whatever has happened, like, I can just feel the love that I have for you."

"It is definitely a new day," Monica added. 

The viewership climbed to over one million during the three-hour session as the veteran artists dove into their acclaimed arsenal of classic records. Brandy strolled down memory lane as she performed her debut single "I Wanna Be Down," "Have You Ever," and "Full Moon." Monica dialed it back a couple decades as she sang "Don't take It Personal," "Angel of Mine" and "Everything to Me." 

During the musical exchange, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris made a surprise appearance via Zoom, where she encouraged viewers to vote in the upcoming election. Famous fans Michelle Obama, Solange, the Creator and Queen Latifah also tuned, voicing their support for the two legends in the comments. 


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