Kamala Harris makes surprise cameo appearance in Verzuz battle

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Indian American Democratic VP nominee encourages people to vote during Brandy-Monica battle.

Indian American Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris made a surprise cameo appearance during Monday’s live Verzuz battle between R&B legends Brandy and Monica, encouraging viewers to vote.

“I just wanted to thank you ladies, just you queens, you stars, you icons,” said Harris — rocking a Howard University sweater — with at least 1.2 million people tuned in for the much anticipated battle, CNN reported.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was also commenting on the live feed, encouraging people to vote.

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Monday’s battle between the singers, who famously collaborated on the 1998 hit “The Boy Is Mine,” featured hits from both Monica and Brandy, including “I Wanna Be Down” and “Don’t Take It Personal.”

Brandy read several poems, one of which she dedicated to stars who recently passed — like Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Nipsey Hussle and Chadwick Boseman — before playing her hit “Missing You.”

Monica sang her hit “U Should’ve Known Better” a cappella and premiered her new song “Trenches” with Lil Baby.

The singers’ battle on Instagram was part of an ongoing series by Grammy-winning rapper-producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland as a way to entertain fans during quarantine. It has since become a cultural phenomenon on social media.

Previous battles have featured singers Alicia Keys and John Legend, rappers Nelly and Ludacris as well as reggae singers Beenie Man and Bounty Killer.

Other faces-offs have featured rappers DMX and Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, 112 and Jagged Edge.


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