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Mary J. Blige

Singer-songwriter + Rapper + Record Producer + Actress
Female

Mary J. Blige is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and occasional actress. She is a recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B. Blige is a mezzo-soprano. Blige started her musical career in 1992, releasing her debut album, What's the 411? on MCA Records and Uptown. With her tenth album, My Life II...… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1970 Birth Blige was born on January 11, 1970 in The Bronx, New York. … Read More
1980 10 Years Old Blige was taught to sing by her father, who later abandoned Blige and sister LaTonya following his divorce from Cora Blige in 1980. … Read More

TEENAGE

1987 17 Years Old By 1987, at seventeen, Blige dropped out of Roosevelt High School in the eleventh grade, leaving her mother to be infuriated and disappointed. … Read More
1988 18 Years Old In the spring of 1988, Blige recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" at a recording booth in the Galleria Mall in White Plains, New York. … Read More
1989 19 Years Old Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist. … Read More

TWENTIES

1991 - 1995 6 More Events
1996 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The platinum-selling single rose to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in early 1996, and became her biggest commercial hit at the time. … Read More
1997 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 22, 1997, MCA Records (parent company to Uptown Records, which was in the process of being dismantled) released Blige's third album, Share My World. … Read More
1998 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1998, Blige won an American Music Award for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album". … Read More

THIRTIES

2001 31 Years Old On August 28, 2001, MCA released Blige's fifth studio album, No More Drama. … Read More
2002 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2002, Blige performed with Shakira with the song "Love Is a Battlefield" on VH1 Divas show live in Las Vegas, she also performed "No More Drama" and "Rainy Dayz" as a duet with the returning Whitney Houston.
2003 33 Years Old On August 26, 2003, Blige's sixth album Love & Life was released on Geffen Records (which had absorbed MCA Records.) Blige heavily collaborated with her one-time producer Sean Combs for this set. … Read More
2005 35 Years Old Geffen Records released Blige's seventh studio album, The Breakthrough on December 20, 2005. … Read More
…  Blige completed a season sweep of the "big three" major music awards, having won two American Music Awards in November 2006 and nine Billboard Music Awards in December 2006. … Read More
…  She received eight Grammy Award nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards, the most of any artist that year. "Be Without You" was nominated for both "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year".
2008 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2008, she toured with Jay-Z in the Heart of the City Tour. … Read More
Blige also earned high remarks for her work in film. She starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages (2012). … Read More

FORTIES

Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, 2010.
In January 2011, Hot 97 premiered Blige's teaster track "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" featuring vocals by Lil Wayne.
The album itself debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 156,000 copies first week; it was eventually certified Gold in 2012 and has sold 763,000 in the US.
In early 2013, reports surfaced that Blige was recording a Christmas album.
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