Mary J. Blige

Singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress Mary J. Blige

Mary Jane Blige, preferably known as Mary J. Blige, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional rapper and 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 R&B, Rap, Gospel, and Pop. 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...
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The Carpetbagger: The Agony, Absurdity and Ecstasy of the Oscar for Best Song
NYTimes - 3 days
The first-time nominees Sufjan Stevens and Mary J. Blige join repeat nominees in a category that has always been a mash-up of hits, snoozers and misfires.
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Dee Rees And Mary J. Blige Dug Into Their Roots To Make 'Mudbound'
NPR - 8 days
The director and singer/actress both drew upon their families' history to make the Oscar-nominated film. "I think I'm always exploring this idea about the battle being bloodier at home," Rees says. (Image credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix)
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Mary J. Blige reflects on how her Oscar-nominated role gave her confidence
LATimes - 26 days
Mary J. Blige’s inclusion in award season conversations is surely a surprise -- not because the Queen of Hip Hop Soul’s performance in “Mudbound” is anything less than stellar, but who would’ve ever expected that the “Rock of Ages” and “I Can Do Bad All by Myself” actress would turn out a deeply...
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The Carpetbagger: Mary J. Blige Dealt With ‘Personal Pain’ in ‘Mudbound’
New York Times - 28 days
Abandoning the glamour of wigs and makeup, the singer and actress poured her suffering into a role that may land her an Oscar nomination.
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Mary J. Blige finds the love through the hard times depicted in 'Mudbound' and the darkness of today's world
LATimes - about 1 month
During a post-“Mudbound” screening Q&A, director Dee Rees was asked a question that her star, Mary J. Blige, didn’t know the answer to: What inspired Rees to cast Blige — the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” and the seller of over 50 million confession-heavy albums — in her Netflix period drama? “She said...
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Mary J. Blige Gets Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star On Her Birthday
NPR - about 1 month
Mary J. Blige is having a moment. The nine-time Grammy winning singer has been getting award nominations for acting in the film Mudbound. Blige says she's grateful for her star.
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Calendar Letters: Where are the non-white women?
LATimes - about 2 months
As an Angeleno, white woman and film fan I was deeply upset to see only white women grace the cover of your latest issue and be interviewed as leading actresses of Hollywood [“The Envelope: A Shift in Focus,” Dec. 21] Was Salma Hayek not available? Mary J. Blige? Zoe Saldana? Tessa Thompson? Penelope...
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Music Mogul Russell Simmons Is Accused of Rape by 3 Women - New York Times
Google News - 2 months
New York Times Music Mogul Russell Simmons Is Accused of Rape by 3 Women New York Times In 1995, Drew Dixon was working her dream job as an executive at Def Jam Recordings, helping to oversee a chart-topping album and a ubiquitous single by Method Man and Mary J. Blige. But as her star rose, Ms. Dixon, then 24, was spiraling into ... Five more women accuse Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct across three decadesLos Angeles Times Russell Simmons Accused of Rape, Sexual Harassment By Multiple WomenRollingStone.com Four Women Accuse Russell Simmons of RapeBillboard PEOPLE.com -Slate Magazine (blog) -HuffPost -Hollywood Life all 120 news articles »
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Blazing heat, rain and so much mud — it was all a gift to 'Mudbound's' costume designer
LATimes - 2 months
Director Dee Rees’ potent and beautiful drama, “Mudbound,” is set in the racially strident rural South during World War II and stars Carey Mulligan (as Laura McAllan) and singer Mary J. Blige (Florence Jackson), among a sprawling cast. The film is based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 award-winning novel...
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Scene City: Award Season Kicks Off at Gotham Awards Ceremony
NYTimes - 3 months
Nicole Kidman, Timothée Chalamet and Mary J. Blige were among the night’s winners.
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How ‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Convinced Mary J. Blige To Join Her Cast
Huffington Post - 3 months
”For me, it was a long shot. It was a Hail Mary. But she said yes.”
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WATCH: Mary J. Blige on 'SNL' impersonation of her, 'Mudbound' and more
ABC News - 3 months
Blige discusses her new movie, "Mudbound," on "The View."
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Powerful ‘Mudbound’ Trailer Portrays Racial Turmoil In The Jim Crow South
Huffington Post - 6 months
The Sundance standout stars Jason Mitchell, Garret Hedlund and Mary J. Blige.
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WATCH: Mary J. Blige on overcoming heartbreak and where she finds her strength
ABC News - 8 months
The hip-hop singer, who headlined the all-female lineup at Essence Festival in New Orleans, spoke with ABC News' Mara Schiavocampo about her divorce, learning to love herself and the importance of faith.
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WATCH: Mary J. Blige shines at the Essence Festival's 'Ladies Night'
ABC News - 8 months
The singer headlined the event in New Orleans that celebrated black women.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary J. Blige
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In July 2016, Blige filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences".
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    Blige later dropped out of the role due to financial issues and the role has since been recast controversially with Dominican American actress Zoe Saldana as Simome in Nina that is due for release in the spring of 2016.
  • 2015
    In December 2015, she portrayed Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West in NBC's The Wiz Live!
  • 2014
    Following her concert date at the Essence Festival, on July 9, 2014 it was announced Blige would move to London to experiment with a new sound for her new album.
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    June 2, 2014 saw Blige pairing up with another English musician with the release of a re-worked version of Sam Smith's "Stay with Me".
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  • 2013
    On October 23, 2013, Blige sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.
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    The album, titled, A Mary Christmas was released on October 15, 2013 through Matriarch and Verve Records, her first release with the latter.
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    In early 2013, reports surfaced that Blige was recording a Christmas album.
  • 2012
    Blige was featured on the song "Now or Never" from Kendrick Lamar's album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, released on October 22, 2012.
    On September 23, 2012, Blige was a performer at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
    Blige appeared as guest mentor on American Idol on March 7, 2012, and performed "Why" on the results show the following night.
    On February 28, 2012, Blige performed "Star Spangled Banner" at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
    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.
  • 2011
    In August 2011, Blige released her first single off the album, "25/8".
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    In July 2011, Blige released the song "The Living Proof" as the lead single to the soundtrack of the film The Help.
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    In January 2011, Hot 97 premiered Blige's teaster track "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" featuring vocals by Lil Wayne.
  • 2010
    On November 18, 2010, Billboard revealed Mary J. Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip Hop Artist on the Top 50 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years list.
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    Blige also took part in February 2010's We Are the World 25 for Haiti, singing the solo originally sung by Tina Turner in the original 1985 We Are the World version.
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    At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Blige and Andrea Bocelli performed" Bridge over Troubled Water".
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    On January 23, 2010, Blige released a track "Hard Times Come Again No More" with The Roots as well as performing it at the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.
    Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, 2010.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On November 4, 2009, Blige sang The Star-Spangled Banner at Yankee Stadium before the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies played the last game (game 6) of the World Series.
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    Blige was honored at the 2009 BET Honors Ceremony and was paid tribute by Anita Baker and Monica.
    Blige recorded "Stronger", as the lead single from the soundtrack to the basketball documentary "More than a Game" in August 2009.
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    Blige's ninth studio album, Stronger with Each Tear, was released on December 21, 2009, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 332,000 units in its first week of release.
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    Growing Pains was nominated for and won the Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary R&B Album", at the 51st Grammy Awards held on February 8, 2009, earning Blige her 27th Grammy nomination, in a mere decade.
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    Blige returned to performing in January 2009 by performing the song "Lean on Me" at the Presidential Inauguration Committee's, "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial".
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    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).
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  • 2008
    On August 7, 2008, it was revealed Blige faced a US$2 million federal suit claiming Neff-U wrote the music for the song "Work That", but was owned by Dream Family Entertainment.
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    In March 2008, she toured with Jay-Z in the Heart of the City Tour.
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  • 2007
    Blige was featured on 50 Cent's 2007 album, Curtis, in the song "All of Me".
    Blige's eighth studio album, Growing Pains, was released on December 18, 2007, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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    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".
  • 2006
    Blige was featured with Aretha Franklin and The Harlem Boys Choir on the soundtrack to the 2006 motion picture Bobby, on the lead track "Never Gonna Break My Faith" written by Bryan Adams.
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    In 2006, Blige recorded a duet with rapper Ludacris, "Runaway Love", which is the third single on his fifth album, Release Therapy.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Geffen Records released Blige's seventh studio album, The Breakthrough on December 20, 2005.
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  • 2003
    Blige married her manager, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs, on December 7, 2003.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    On July 22, 2002, MCA released Dance for Me, a collection of club remixes of some of her past top hits including the Junior Vasquez remix of "Your Child", and the Thunderpuss mix of "No More Drama."
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    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.
  • 2001
    On August 28, 2001, MCA released Blige's fifth studio album, No More Drama.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    She also appeared on In Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua with Eric Clapton in 1999.
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    On August 17, 1999, Blige's fourth album, titled Mary was released.
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  • 1998
    In 1998, Blige made her acting debut on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show playing a character, the apparently southern Ola Mae; a preacher's daughter who wanted to sing more than gospel music.
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    In early 1998, Blige won an American Music Award for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album".
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  • 1997
    The album became Blige's most commercially successful, selling three million copies in the U.S. In February 1997, Blige performed her hit at the time, "Not Gon' Cry", at the 1997 Grammy Awards, which gained her a third Grammy Award nomination, her first for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, as Blige was recording the follow-up to My Life.
    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.
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  • 1996
    Throughout 1996, Blige appeared in collaborations with Ghostface Killah, on their co-written single, "All That I Got Is You", though in the video, Blige was replaced by Wu-Tang affiliate, Tekitha, due to scheduling conflicts.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    In early 1995, it was followed up with a cover of Rose Royce's 1976 hit "I'm Goin' Down", which became her first top 20 hit in the UK, peaking at number 12, it also reached number 22 and number 13 on the Hot 100 and R&B singles chart.
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    In late 1995, Blige topped the Billboard Year-End chart toppers as Top R&B Album, Top R&B Album Artist, Top R&B Album Artist — Female, and Top-Hot Dance Maxi-Single Sales (for her collaboration with Method Man on "All I Need"). "Be Happy", the album's lead single, peaked at number 29 and number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles chart, respectively.
  • 1994
    Remix, a remix album released in December that was used to extend the life of the What's the 411? singles on the radio into 1994, as Blige recorded her follow-up album.
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    On November 29, 1994, Uptown Records/MCA Records released Blige's second album, My Life.
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  • 1992
    In regards to her music, on July 28, 1992, Uptown/MCA Records released What's the 411?, produced by Puffy.
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  • 1991
    Production for Blige's debut album began in 1991.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist.
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  • 1988
    Pursuing a musical career, Blige spent a short period of time in a Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie D'Aprile. In early 1988, she 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Blige was born on January 17, 1971, in the New York City borough The Bronx, She is the second of four children born to mother Cora, a nurse, and second to father Thomas Blige, a jazz musician, The family subsisted on her mother's earnings as a nurse after her father left the family in the mid-1970s, the former an alcoholic and the latter a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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