Mary J. Blige Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Grammy Award-winning soul singer Mary J. Blige mark her 47th birthday on Thursday in star fashion as she was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Blige was honored in the category of Recording, joining the likes of Angela Basset, Viola Davis, Taraji .P. Henson and Jennifer Hudson on the coveted Hollywood walkway.
In her speech to the crowd, she said:
“I am so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times, and I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I know my work and I understand what this means.”
Blige, the self-proclaimed “queen of hip-hop soul” who is best known for hits such as “No More Drama” and “Reminisce”, is a nine-time Grammy winner with tens of millions of records sold worldwide.
Hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who helped launch Blige’s career and produced most of her first album, was on hand to congratulate her.
“We have been through a whole lot. We started from nothing,” he said. “What makes Mary special, she moves people with not just with her voice but with who she is. She pours everything into a record and into a performance. Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility for those going through the same thing.”
Music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, along with the writer and director of Netflix hit “Mudbound,” Dee Rees, were also in attendance. Blige was nominated this year for a Golden Globe Award and SAG Award in the categories of best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in “Mudbound.”
“When Dee Rees called me, my life was at a standstill. My career was stagnant,” Blige said. “Dee Rees helped save my life and gave me the strength I did not know I had. And Mudbound has opened up doors.”
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