Alicia Keys and John Legend Team Up for Juneteenth Verzuz

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If you’ve been hankering for a new Verzuz battle, look no further. This Friday June 19, Alicia Keys and John Legend will be taking to Instagram Live for a special Juneteenth edition of the music match-up that grew out of COVID-19 quarantine.


So far, Verzuz matchups have included Erykah Badu and Jill Scott; Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond; and Beenie Man and Bounty Killer from Jamaica.

The Keys and Legend battle is likely to be one full of beautiful crooning and piano playing, as the Grammy-award winning artists are both known for their skills on the piano.

The two singer/songwriters made the announcement about their Juneteenth Verzuz on their social media channels over the weekend, providing a much-needed glimmer of black joy as protests against police killings and racial injustice continue across the country. Juneteenth commemorates the date in 1865 when black Americans enslaved in Gavelston, Texas were informed that slavery had been abolished.

The Juneteenth Verzuz battle promises to be one to remember.

On one hand, Legend is an EGOT holder who earned an Academy Award for “Glory,” his stirring song with Common that is as relevant as ever during the ongoing movement for racial justice:

On the other hand, Alicia can do this:



I don’t know why people even click on articles about artists they think are boring (yes, I’m calling you out without even bothering to reply to your actual comment, “melting”).

Like, yeah, some stuff on The Glow-Up, or just about any article about a show I don’t watch, is of no interest to me at all, but you know what I do? Either read the article and determine it’s of no interest to me and then move on, orrrrr....

I just don’t click on something I’m fairly confident I won’t care about.

This Verzuz Battle is likely to be AMAZING to people interested in the music of either of these great artists, but for anyone not interested, I really hope the people enjoying this don’t have to see a bunch of nonsense comments trying desperately to tear these people down.

If something is of no interest to you, try to remember your right to move TF on. Sometimes, it helps before posting a comment to wonder “Is this thing I’m about to post necessary? Is it true? Is it kind?”, because if you edit yourself just a bit, you might spend less time digitally putting your ignorant foot right in your mouth.

No one needed your comment. It didn’t even benefit you in any way. Please try to be more considerate in the future.