Chaka Khan or Stephanie Mills: Who will win the Verzuz battle?
The much-anticipated Chaka Khan vs Stephanie Mills Verzuz fight has finally arrived, and fans are ecstatic. The two former R&B queens who are keeping the audience enthralled by cranking out one smash after another is featured in the pre-Thanksgiving program. Though Chaka Khan is the more well-known of the two, many fans believe Stephanie Mills has the upper hand on stage.
Mills is thought to have been the one who suggested a Verzuz fight with Chaka Khan. In fact, the ‘Home’ singer approached Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, requesting that they bring Chaka on board for the friendly musical battle. While breaking the news of her Verzuz combat with Chaka, Stephanie Mills sent a powerful statement, saying, “This post has all of the information about why @chakaikhan and I are interested in performing @verzuztv. We’ve spent our entire lives in this crazy game known as the music industry… We have nothing to prove except to show our young black sisters that we are enough and stronger when we stand together. So we join our big sisters @mspattilabelle and @msgladysknight, as well as a slew of other incredible women who have been a part of @verzuztv. This isn’t a fight! For us, it’s a reason to rejoice. We’re all about the music, the vibes, and a great deal of harmony. Don’t miss it on Thursday night.”
While many fans were dissatisfied with the DJ battle that preceded Stephanie versus Chaka, others were unhappy with the much-anticipated Verzuz episode. Viewers believed Chaka Khan was inebriated or under the influence, as she slurred words and acted clumsily on stage. In fact, despite the ongoing R&B spat, others praised Stephanie Mills for looking after Chaka and checking in on her frequently.
“For real! this is so wrong. looks like #StephanieMills had to remind her which song they were getting ready to sing just now. please… if y’all love Queen #ChakaKhan, get her some help before putting her back out there like this. #Verzuz” tweeted a concerned fan.
Olympian Muna Lee wrote, “Auntie Chaka!!! Where’s the coffee!! Get Auntie some water too. #VERZUZ”. A third fan tweeted, “#VERZUZ at this point I really think it should have just been rescheduled it is very sad to see Chaka Khan on stage right now I commend Ms.Mills on her showmanship and her fighting to keep the show going however it’s a hot mess …”
“I hope all women have friends like Stephanie mills when you’re drunk, the friend who clearly knows you lit but not going to embarrass you publicly but they checking on you every second #VERZUZ,” read another tweet.