Brandy and Monica discussed their reported multi-decade feud during their record-breaking “Verzuz” battle Monday night.
Streamed live from the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, the two R&B superstars played their respective hit songs while also addressing the rumored drama between them.
Though Monica told the Huffington Post in 2015 that there was “no beef” between her and Brandy, Dallas Austin — who co-produced their iconic 1998 duet “The Boy Is Mine” — alleges in an August 2019 interview with Vlad TV that Monica punched Brandy before an award show in 1999.
While acknowledging that they have not spoken to each other in eight years — since their other collaboration, 2012’s “It All Belongs to Me” —Monica credits rapper Missy Elliott with getting the two women back in the same room.
“She wanted us to see each other, like seriously. Every day! For like three days! Every day!” Monica said.
During the event, the two put aside their supposed differences, and complimented each other’s artistry and personal growth.
“I wanted to speak to you face-to-face,” Monica said. “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.”
“I have the utmost love and respect for you as well, for somebody to start at 12 years old,” Brandy said in response. “The longevity of your career, nobody [knows] what you’ve been through.”
At one point, the two singers even held hands as a sign of solidarity.
After Brandy played tunes such as “Baby,” “Almost Doesn’t Count,” and “Have You Ever?” Monica answered with tracks including “So Gone,” “A Dozen Roses,” and “Angel of Mine.”
While Brandy dedicated her song “Missing You” to late icons such as Chadwick Boseman, Kobe Bryant, Nipsey Hussle, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, Monica said her track “For You I Will” — from the 1996 “Space Jam” soundtrack — is a favorite of Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant.
The night also included a special cameo from vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who encouraged viewers to vote in the upcoming 2020 election.
Among the celebrity commenters included Keke Palmer, Michelle Obama, Erykah Badu, Jhené Aiko, and our very own Loni Love.
At the end of the three-hour extravaganza, which broke 1 million concurrent views and peaked at 1.2 million, the ladies closed out the night with — what else? — “The Boys Is Mine.”
Watch the full battle, below: