Facing difficulties due to COVID-19, Verzuz is going back to its original format, which requires iconic artists to perform from separate locations as they engage in a musical battle.

“This has been an emotional week,” the producers stated on Instagram. “In addition, as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, safety is a top priority for us. As much as we enjoy having everyone together in the same room, to protect the artists and everyone who works with us in putting the shows together, we’ll be going back to separate locations for a bit. We’re excited for the next few events, and look forward to getting back to the show in the coming weeks.”

The show also announced that it will eventually broadcast the battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 12, but delayed when Ashanti tested positive for the coronavirus. Although the battle was originally postponed to Jan. 9, 2021, the latest post from Verzuz states that the episode is "coming soon."