Round By Round Break Down of The Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin Battle on Instagram

Instagram Live has been a blessing for music lovers.  Last week Timbaland and Swizz Beatz kicked things off with a battle.  On Saturday Sean Garrett and The-Dream went head to head for an epic battle.  And then on Sunday, after it seemed like it couldn’t get any better, Johnta Austin and Ne-Yo went head to head in the battle of the songwriters.  It was so good we had to document it.  Here’s our round by round breakdown of the Ne-Yo vs Johnta Austin battle on Instagram.

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Kirk Franklin vs. Fred Hammond
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DMX vs. Snoop Dogg   |    Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz  |   Brandy vs. Monica

If you missed it, here’s a break down of every song that was played in each round and how we judged it.

Round 1:  Johnta Austin:   “Get Gone” –  Ideal  vs.   Ne-Yo: “That Girl” – Marques Houston

Winner:  Ne-Yo
Marques Houston – “That Girl”


Round 2:  Aaliyah – “I Miss You”  vs.  Rihanna “Unfaithful”

Winner:  Johnta Austin
Aaliyah – “I Miss You”


Round 3:  Mariah Carey – “Like That” vs. Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West “Knock You Down”

Winner:  Johnta Austin
Mariah Carey – “Like That” featuring Fatman Scoop & Jermaine Dupri


Round 4:  Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”  vs.  “She Got Her Own” Ne-yo featuring Jamie Foxx & Fabolous

I thought for sure Johnta was going to get the win with that Bryson record, especially since I didn’t know he did that one.  But then that Ne-Yo joint dropped.

Winner:  Ne-Yo
“She Got Her Own” Ne-yo featuring Jamie Foxx & Fabolous


Round 5:  Ginuwine – “Stingy” vs. Mack Wilds – “Own It”

Winner:  Johnta Austin
Ginuwine – “Stingy”


Round 6:  Chris Brown – “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” vs. Ne-Yo – “Stay With Me”

Winner:  Johnta Austin
Chris Brown – “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)”


Round 7:  Mariah Carey – “Don’t Forget About Us” vs. Jennifer Hudson – “Spotlight”

Winner:  Johnta Austin
Mariah Carey – “Don’t Forget About Us”


Round 8:  Toni Braxton featuring Dr. Dre – “Just Be A Man About It” vs.  Ne-Yo – “Do You”

Winner:  Johnta Austin
Toni Braxton featuring Dr. Dre – “Just Be A Man About It”


Round 9:  Bow Wow featuring Omarion “Like Mine” vs. Plies featuring Ne-Yo – “Bust It Baby Pt. 2”

Winner: Ne-Yo
“Bust It Baby Pt. 2”


Round 10:  Trey Songz – “I Need A Girl” vs.  Ne-Yo “Go On Girl”

Winner:  Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo “Go On Girl”

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Kevin Benoit

Kevin Benoit is the editor of Parlé Magazine. He founded the magazine while in college and continues to run it today. Follow him on IG: @parlewithme Read more articles by Kevin.

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