Throughout the friendly competition, the legends praised one another.
“You brought New Jack Swing to us all … I’m honored to be in here with you man,” Babyface said referring to the style of music Riley popularized in the 80s and 90s.
“You inspired me,” Riley told Babyface.
“We keep each other on our toes,” Babyface said.
Some would say Babyface won after singing the acoustic of his hit song. Monday’s battle wasn’t about determining a winner, though, but to bring people together to enjoy music as seen by the response on social media.
“There is no battle, you know who’s winning? Us. The culture,” singer Toni Braxton tweeted.
“There’s no reason to keep score. It’s impossible. Just two-step (or running man) and enjoy. These Black men gave us so much,” said April Reign.