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When Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Teddy Riley announced that they were doing an Instagram Live battle last Sunday, Black folks lost their collective minds and were quick to pick out their outfits. But then it sadly got canceled, with Riley citing that Babyface wasn’t feeling well, disappointing hundreds of thousands.

Well, now we know that the iconic singer didn’t just have a head cold—it was much more serious. Apparently, on his birthday on April 10, he shared that he and his family tested positive for the coronavirus. Thankfully, they are on the mend with no major complications.

“I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday. I tested positive for COVID-19, as did my family. It’s an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends. I’m happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health,” the Grammy winner wrote in a post on social media.

He added, that the battle is still on come April 18, which is next Saturday!

“So get ready for a night of groove of love. Ladies…put on your red dress…light the candles, pour some wine, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.”


Oh don’t you worry, Babyface, we are ready for you to make our quarantine! WE GOT THIS!

Whether it’s your auntie, your mama or your Granny, it’s no secret that Black women LOVE them SOME Babyface. And how could we not? The 62-year-old singer, songwriter and music producer is responsible for some of the biggest hits growing up. Be clear: not just for his classic songs like “It’s No Crime” and “Whip Appeal,” but Johnny Gill’s “My, My, My,” Toni Braxton’s “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” and Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and Karyn White’s “Superwoman,” TO NAME A FEW.

So to celebrate the living legend making it another year, especially in the wake of this pandemic, here are 10 times Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds made us want to be a superwoman.

1. On Tour With Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton 'As Long As I Live' tour with Baby Face Source:WENN

The iconic soul singer is giving us all the Sammy Davis Brat Pack vibes in this suit jacket!

2. Babyface Performing In Concert

Babyface Performing In Concert Source:Getty

We bringing it back!

3. Babyface Performing In Concert

Babyface Performing In Concert Source:Getty

He’s still got it!

4. BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards

BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards - Show Source:Getty

Come through Sir!



Winning all the American Music Awards back in the day. 

6. 2015 Holiday Jam Concert

2015 Holiday Jam Concert Source:WENN

OK blue suit! We ain’t mad. 

7. 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Catherine Opie And Guillermo del Toro

2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Catherine Opie And Guillermo del Toro Presented By Gucci - Red Carpet Source:Getty

Babyface with his wife Nicole Pantenburg. 

8. Guest on Extra

Babyface and Allison Holker seen on Extra Source:WENN

We see you giving former President Obama a run for his money with your tan suit. 

9. Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - October 13, 2018 Source:Getty

Even his casual gear is fly. 

10. Soul Train

Kenneth Edmonds/""Babyface"" performs on Soul Train. Source:Getty

He always had a luxurious set of hair! 

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