It’s time for Brandy and Monica to step as much as the mic. The newest Verzuz face-off on Instagram Live will star the 2 R&B icons as they battle it out singing their best hits. Brandy and Monica have been as soon as considered one of music’s hottest duo’s with the discharge of their Platinum No. 1 single “The Boy is Mine,” however their rocky relationship dates again earlier than the track even got here out.
This Verzuz battle will probably be one for the historical past books as these two legendary artists come collectively (nearly) to sing their hearts out and squash the remaining beef for good. In honor of the event, we’re looking again at a number of the largest moments in Brandy and Monica’s longtime relationship.
Brandy & Monica’s first (and solely) TV efficiency of ‘The Boy is Mine’
Brandy and Monica’s duet efficiency of “The Boy is Mine” on the 1998 VMAs ought to have been a monumental event. The track had reached the highest of the charts, and Brandy and Monica have been a number of the hottest names in music. But all was not properly behind the scenes.
Monica was reportedly livid after Brandy carried out the hit on The Tonight Show by herself, and Brandy was upset that Monica was taking the title of the track for her new album. The two didn’t even see one another all through the recording course of, so after they got here collectively to carry out the Billboard hit on the MTV Video Music Awards, it was their first time coming face-to-face after the duet’s launch.
Rumors swirled that the 2 got here to blows backstage on the VMAs, which Monica confirmed years later in 2012, telling Hot 97’s Angie Martinez she “put hands on” Brandy on the awards present. On the identical radio interview tour, Monica informed WZMX that their beef was much less out of pure hatred for one another and extra because of the truth that they have been each youngsters and undecided the best way to deal with being round individuals they didn’t mesh with. “We were young. We could barely stay in the room with each other. By no means was it jealousy or envy,” she stated. “She and I are polar opposites and instead of embracing that, we used our differences as reasons not to be amongst each other.”
‘The Boy is Mine’ wins a Grammy
It’s a disgrace that “The Boy is Mine” was surrounded by a lot drama contemplating how profitable the track was. When it shot to the highest of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it achieved one thing solely The Beatles had completed, which is bounce from beneath the Top 20 to the primary spot. In lower than two months, the one was licensed double platinum, having bought over 2 million copies.
At the 1999 Grammys, “The Boy is Mine” was nominated for 3 classes, together with Record of the Year. Record of the Year went to Céline Dion for “My Heart Will Go On” and Best R&B Song went to Lauryn Hill for “Doo Wop (That Thing),” however Brandy and Monica walked away with the Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals award by the tip of the night time.
Brandy & Monica reunite for ‘The Boy is Mine’
When Monica and Brandy started to publicly patch up their relationship in 2012, there was just one factor left to do to make up for the drama behind their VMA efficiency of “The Boy is Mine”: come collectively and carry out it collectively as mates and never enemies. V103’s Soul Sessions in Atlanta introduced the 2 divas collectively on-stage for the primary time in over a decade, and their efficiency of “The Boy is Mine” was solely the second time the 2 sang the track collectively onstage. To this present day, that efficiency is the final time the 2 have completed the track collectively.
Brandy & Monica’s momentary reunion
In 2012, Brandy and Monica got here collectively to document a brand new track collectively and jumpstart each of their solo careers. “It All Belongs to Me” is an empowering track for all ladies and people searching for to take cost of their lives and their relationships. The duo promoted the track with TV performances on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and Live! With Kelly, and likewise stopped by radio exhibits like The Breakfast Club to dish about every thing. The duo even had plans to tour collectively, however these plans shortly fell by way of.
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Beefing on Whitney Houston’s birthday
After seemingly squashing their beef after “It All Belongs to Me,” the 2 reignited their feud in 2016 when Brandy responded “Chile, bye” to a fan asking her to do the “So Gone” problem based mostly on Monica’s 2003 hit. Monica addressed the touch upon The Real, saying she’s an even bigger and higher particular person now who doesn’t maintain on to negativity. Brandy mocked her optimistic perspective on social media, calling it nothing greater than a faux entrance.
The following yr, each Brandy and Monica posted tributes to the late Whitney Houston on her birthday. Brandy loved a detailed relationship with Houston (who starred alongside her in Cinderella), however the feedback on her post have been swarmed by what she known as Monica’s “evil a** fans.” She added, “It’s so much stuff I can post about hateful things they say to me… but I will never have time for that.”
Last yr, nevertheless, it appeared that the 2 had begun to rebuild their working relationship once more, as they teamed up alongside artists like Ashanti and Keri Hilson for Live Nation’s Femme It Forward live performance tour. Now, with their long-awaited Verzuz battle just some hours away, it might be the start of a brand new chapter within the Brandy and Monica story.