Instagram battle: Jill Scott, Erykah Badu delight fans during coronavirus pandemic

Instagram battle: Jill Scott, Erykah Badu delight fans during coronavirus pandemic

Divas Jill Scott and Erykah Badu battled it out on Instagram Live Saturday night – and Michelle Obama was here for it.

So were Spike Lee and Janet Jackson, among other well-known celebrities.

The so-called battles have become incredibly popular in recent days as performers and their fans struggle to adapt to life in lockdown, courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday night's battle was the first between two female performers. Both shared some of their best-known hits with grateful fans.

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"Love your sister," Scott wrote. "Love your brother. Recognize and celebrate each other. There's room in the inn."

Obama, who describes herself as "hugger-in-chief" in her Twitter bio, was an active participant in the performance, posting multiple comments. She requested Badu's "Green Eyes" and even tagged her famous hubby.

Rapper Timbaland also liked what he saw, posting a solid "yessssssssssss" at one point during the broadcast, which peaked at more than 700,000 live viewers.

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Others who've taken part in COVID-19 Instagram battles include RZA, Babyface and DJ Premier.

Badu, on Twitter, called the battle "adorable and funny."

"We sooooo appreciate it," she wrote. "We been in this game a long time. Many a baby was created up out of our music."

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