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Round By Round Break Down of the John Legend vs Alicia Keys Verzuz Battle

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Round By Round Break Down of the John Legend vs Alicia Keys Verzuz Battle

Alicia Keys and John Legend are both legends in the music industry for what they have been able to accomplish in R&B.  So it made sense when the John Legend vs Alicia Keys Verzuz battle was proposed early on when these battles started.  It took a while for it to come together, but they figured that a Juneteenth celebration would be a good time to roll this out.

Alicia Keys made her debut in 2001 with the classic album, Songs In A Minor.  She has released 6 albums since, and plans to release her 7th album, a self-titled project, later this year. Alicia Keys is a 15 time Grammy Award winner

John Legend made his solo debut in 2004 with his debut album, Get Lifted.  He has released 6 albums, including his most recent album, Bigger Love, which was released on Juneteenth, the same day of the battle. John is a rare EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Awards) with 11 Grammy wins.

The John Legend vs Alicia Keys Verzuz battle also marked the premiere of the Verzuz battles on Apple+ TV and on all Apple Music platforms.

Like we have done previously with these Verzuz battles, here’s a round by round break down of the John Legend vs Alicia Keys battle.

Other Verzuz Battles:

Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin   |   Mannie Fresh vs. Scott Storch   |   T-Pain vs. Lil Jon   |   Dj Premier vs. RZA   |   Babyface vs. Teddy Riley   |   Jill Scott vs. Erykah Badu   |   Nelly vs. Ludacris   |   Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer   |   112 vs. Jagged Edge
|   Kirk Franklin vs. Fred Hammond   |   Fabolous vs. Jadakiss   |
DMX vs. Snoop Dogg   |    Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz  |   Brandy vs. Monica

The battle began with a joint performance of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” both playing piano.

Alicia Keys went first to begin things.

Round 1:  Baby Cham featuring Alicia Keys – “Ghetto Story Remix” vs. Lauryn Hill (John Legend on piano) “Everything Is Everything”

Winner: John Legend
Who knew that was him on piano! (Legend was a 19 year old college student)
Lauryn Hill (John Legend on piano) “Everything Is Everything”


Round 2: Alicia Keys – “Underdog” vs. Slum Village featuring Kanye West & John Legend – “Selfish”

This one is a bit harder because this is a new Alicia Keys single and the Slum Village song was a great record that we enjoyed when it was first released.  While Alicia has a great new song, it has to go to John here.

Winner:  John Legend
Slum Village featuring Kanye West & John Legend – “Selfish”


Round 3: Alicia Keys – “Karma” vs. John Legend – “Get Lifted Intro”/”Used To Love U”

Winner: John Legend
“Used To Love U”


Round 4: Eve featuring Alicia Keys “Gangsta Lovin'” vs. John Legend – “So High”

Absolutely unfair.  Another single from that Get Lifted album.  He’s getting his hits out early before Alicia Keys plays anything from her debut.

Winner: John Legend
“So High”


Round 5:  Alicia Keys & Usher “My Boo” vs. John Legend – “Ordinary People”

Might be the biggest single from that debut album for John.  “My Boo” was a bop, but it can’t beat this song…

Winner: John Legend
“Ordinary People”


Round 6: Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind” vs. Common featuring Kanye West & John Legend – “They Say”

Winner: Alicia Keys
“Empire State of Mind”


Round 7: Alicia Keys – “Teenage Love Affair” vs. John Legend – “Heaven Only Knows”

Two more forgettable songs from both artists.  But I would think Alicia Keys visual makes it a bit more memorable.

Winner: Alicia Keys
“Teenage Love Affair”


Round 8: Alicia Keys featuring Drake “Unthinkable” vs. John Legend – “We Do It Again”

The first certified hit Alicia Keys played! John Legend came back with another song from Once Again… which, won’t cut it.

Winner: Alicia Keys
“Unthinkable (I’m Ready)”


Round 9: Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You” vs. John Legend – “This Time”

See above round.

Winner: Alicia Keys
“If I Ain’t Got You”


Round 10: Alicia Keys – “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” vs. John Legend featuring Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”

Winner: John Legend
John Legend featuring Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”

 

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