LA Reid Calls For #VERZUZ Battle Between Beyoncé & Mariah Carey [Video]

Published: Tuesday 7th Dec 2021 by Rashad

Some of music’s biggest acts have taken to the Swizz Beatz and Timbaland-curated platform #VERZUZ to show off their career’s worth of hits.

As more and more acts add their names to the virtual arena’s list of combatants, music lovers regularly take to social media to roll out their “fantasy wishlists” – a ticket that frequently sees ‘Fantasy’ singer Mariah Carey listed at the center.

Now, legendary singer, songwriter, and record executive LA Reid has added to the calls for the GRAMMY-winning diva to bring her 19 #1 hits to a showdown.

Taking to ‘The Real’ last week, Reid – whose penmanship is attached to memorable hits from the likes of Whitney Houston, P!nk, Toni Braxton, Usher, and more – was hot on the promo trail in support of his new artist, Aiyana-Lee.

While there, the daytime divas quizzed the 65-year-old on a number of music industry-related hot topics including independent labels, Britney Spears’ conservatorship drama, and more.

However, it wasn’t until he addressed the wildly popular #VERZUZ phenomenon that he got tongues wagging.

“Mariah Carey versus Beyonce…bring that on,” he said when asked about his ‘ideal’ battle. “…the hits they have, the legacy they both have, and [more].”

Later, he elaborated on why the two powerhouse divas are his top picks.

“Bey is the Queen, but sometimes Mariah might be slightly underrated for how long her career has lasted, how many hits she has, and she practically owns Christmas.”

Press PLAY on the queued video above to see what else he said on the matter.


Needless to say, his comment started a firestorm of debate.  With that, what are…

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  1. Clarks0o00ñ December 7, 2021

    They are not in the same lane.

    Mariah should battle whitney

    Beyonce should battle Rihanna

    • DaniLeigh (Yellow Bone…) December 7, 2021

      Mariah vs. Janet (Fans win)
      Rihanna vs. Beyoncé (Rihanna wins easily)

    • Slim December 7, 2021

      Facts Rihanna should win

  2. Tino December 7, 2021

    Poor foolish souls, Beyonce doesn’t have the hits to battle Mariah. The FACTS are that in Beyonce prime first 15 years in her solo career she hasn’t even had a solo number one song in over 10 years. Her biggest hit in 10 years was Drunk in love, where’s the huge classic number one hit songs other great women like Mariah, Janet and Whitney have???? Nowhere for over a decade.

    Mariah Carey literally dominated the charts in the 90’s, then came back in Beyonce era in the mid 00’s to have a bigger album and song then Beyonce had the entire decade. If we’re talking Queen of charts and music its Mariah Carey, if we’re talking Queen of entertainment combined with chart success its Janet Jackson.

    Beyonce is only the Queen of marketing, being overrated and soul selling.

    • True Tea December 7, 2021

      Although Beyonce doesn’t have the catalog, she is still a trendsetter. Her visuals, videos & stage persona has had a major impact in POP music throughout the 00’s.

      I agree Beyonce can’t compete with Mariah in terms of chart success BUT how many people would rather see a Beyonce show Vs. Mariah show is the real question….

      • Tino December 7, 2021

        Lol its a versus battle of hits and classic songs. Not stage persona and video visuals.

        Just like nobody should be asking for a versus battle to see if Mariah Carey can out perform Beyonce. NOBODY should be asking for a versus battle to see if Beyonce has more hits and classic songs than Mariah Carey.


      • True Tea December 7, 2021

        Great Point! Since this was battle requested, I assume some people impression of VERZUZ is based off more than just hits.

  3. AnonymousTruth December 7, 2021

    And at this point i lose respect for LA Reid..
    These are two completely different artists.
    It doesn’t match up at all.
    Beyoncé isn’t very comparable to many artists…
    I would’ve said a better battle would be with j.lo or Rihanna..
    But then I think J.Lo & Rihanna are better suited to each other – musically. That would be a good verzuz. Not sure who I’d put Beyoncé up against .

    • Credits December 7, 2021

      Ciara vs. Rihanna.
      Ciara would win!

  4. Unnatural December 7, 2021

    🤣🤣🤣🤣mariah would wipe the floor with beyonce. Why would he even suggest that? Beyonce music does not come close to Mariahs music. Stop thinking Beyonce popularity mean she can go up against creative heavy weights like Mariah. Beyonce can sing and dance but her music is for parties and the gym.

  5. Detruth December 7, 2021

    I actually agree with the comments this time lol. Beyoncé has had a great career but this queen stuff really only comes from her hard-core fans. So many other ladies have sold more records and had better chart success. When it comes to hits B has no where near enough to battle Mariah. It’s a hits battle not a dance battle ppl.

  6. Monica Stan December 7, 2021

    Mariah would wipe the floor with Beyonce 🤣🤣🤣

  7. ArthusNico December 7, 2021

    What can compete with hits like We Belong Together, One Sweet Day and AIWFCIY?

    • King oh December 7, 2021

      Ok let me help
      Mariah vs ariana grande (vocal vs range)
      Solange vs jhene A (soul)
      Missy vs busta rhymes (artist visuals)
      Beyonce vs jlo (show girl/entertainment)
      Ciara vs tinashe (dancing queens)
      Jennifer Hudson vs keke wyatt ( sang ladies)
      Lil kim vs Nicki minaj ( Queen of rap is? With homage to lil kim)

  8. Keith December 7, 2021

    At least for these first 10 comments, I have to say this is the first time I agree with most posters. Mariah vs. Beyonce is NOT the match. Honestly, with Mariah’s chart talley, I’m not sure WHO the match is. She might be without peer among rnb/pop women when it comes to chart hits. Beyonce’s match is most definitely Rhianna. What LA was doing was mentioning two names he has respect for and getting social media to “talk”…

  9. T December 7, 2021

    thas sound soo stupid LA go back where you came from the man who destroyed
    Junes Diary

  10. Liam December 7, 2021

    Two different audiences from two different times and Mariah catalogue is way bigger #noshade LA Reid should know better clearly he was talking out of his a***

  11. Pat December 7, 2021

    Mariah is not about to waste international number ones on freak ‘em dress. No ma’am

  12. DaniLeigh (Yellow Bone…) December 7, 2021

    Mariah’s catalogue is legendary. Beyonce’s number ones needed rappers. Beyonce’s catalogue is here today and gone tonight. No thanks.

  13. CRAIG NELSON December 7, 2021

    TONI 10


  14. Moose’s Wig December 7, 2021

    One is a LEGEND, the other is a music thief who sounds illiterate when she speaks. No competition.

  15. YAWNce December 7, 2021

    YAWNce queen of the hoodrat illiterate power bottoms.

  16. Anne December 7, 2021

    They are from different eras which is usually not my preference for a verzuz, but Beyonce has recorded enough traditional R&B to go toe to toe with Mariah. Their catalogs are massive and I love both of their voices and many hits. In other words, I think it would be epic. I would bet that every single naysayer in the comments would not dare miss a Beyonce/Mariah verzuz. Rihanna is not really a vocalist and not really R&B, so I would not put her against Beyonce. Also both Beyonce and Mariah have their own unique old school, new school blended style that would make a match-up with the two of of them actually make sense in my opinion.

  17. Lmfao_Hoe December 7, 2021

    There is only three people I can say RESPECTFULLY could do a versuz with Mariah but it won’t happen. One Whitney has passed away. Two whether ya like it or not – no denying R Kelly catalog can definitely go rounds – not all his stuff is overly sexual – I Believe I Can Fly, Step in the name of love, Ignition, Honey Love, Religious Love, Trade In My Life, Keep Search, Love Letter and Happy People etc. Three – Mary J Blige.

    Could ya imagine Mariahs Honey and Kells Honey Love playing against each other 🎶🖤
    Smh damn Kells legacy tainted now 🤦🏽‍♀️

    Janet I would honestly say is suited for Madonna and that would have the whole world definitely watching 👀

    • Tino December 7, 2021

      LMAO R. Kelly doesn’t have 4 nowhere near the amount of classic number one hits that Mariah Carey has. Most of those songs you named didn’t even go top 10 lol STOP

      • Lmfao_Hoe December 7, 2021

        All the songs don’t have to necessarily be #1 🙄 if that were the case there wouldn’t had been that many versus that we’ve seen or had thus far. If that’s solely the main requirement then s*** The Beatles will win against her with having more #1 til this day still- Mariah (19) Beatles (21). It’s about hits known and fan favorites and Kells catalog is well known for in the R&B world along to his credit of writing and producing for others – Aaliyah, MJ, Whitney, Janet, Celine, B2K etc these are facts PERIOD.

  18. Paulo December 7, 2021

    Lol Beyoncé’s haters are a different breed… they will raise the bar to criticize her then lower it to give other people a pass. I’m not crazy for this verzus battle either but just like Mariah was the vocalist blueprint for the 90s Bey was for the 00s and that’s a fact.

  19. Urban MILF December 9, 2021

    That’d be blasphemous!

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