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BornMary J. Blige_header_cell_0_1_0 Mary Jane Blige
(1971-01-11) January 11, 1971 (age 49)

New York City, U.S.Mary J. Blige_cell_0_1_1

Other namesMary J. Blige_header_cell_0_2_0 Brook LynnMary J. Blige_cell_0_2_1
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Years activeMary J. Blige_header_cell_0_4_0 1991–presentMary J. Blige_cell_0_4_1
Spouse(s)Mary J. Blige_header_cell_0_5_0 Martin "Kendu" Isaacs

​ ​(m. 2003; div. 2018)​Mary J. Blige_cell_0_5_1

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Mary Jane Blige (/blaɪʒ/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Mary J. Blige_sentence_0

Her career began in 1991 when she was signed to Uptown Records. Mary J. Blige_sentence_1

She went on to release 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales. Mary J. Blige_sentence_2

Blige has sold 50 million albums in the United States and 80 million records worldwide. Mary J. Blige_sentence_3

Blige has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and has also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound (2017) and another for its original song "Mighty River". Mary J. Blige_sentence_4

Furthermore, she also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, becoming the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year. Mary J. Blige_sentence_5

In 1992, Blige released her first album, What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_6

Her 1994 album My Life is among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Time magazine's All-Time 100 Albums. Mary J. Blige_sentence_7

She received a Legends Award at the , and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. Mary J. Blige_sentence_8

Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. Mary J. Blige_sentence_9

In 2017, Billboard magazine named her 2006 song "Be Without You" as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_10

In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Mary J. Blige_sentence_11

In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in "The 100 Greatest Women in Music" list. Mary J. Blige_sentence_12

Blige has also made a successful transition to both the small and silver screens, with supporting roles in films such as Prison Song (2001), Rock of Ages (2012), Betty and Coretta (2013), Black Nativity (2013), her Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated breakthrough performance as Florence Jackson in Mudbound (2017), Trolls World Tour (2020), Body Cam (2020) and starring as Dinah Washington in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (2021). Mary J. Blige_sentence_13

In 2019, Blige starred in the first season as Cha Cha in the Netflix television series The Umbrella Academy. Mary J. Blige_sentence_14

She currently stars as Monet Stewart in the spin-off of the highly rated TV drama Power in Power Book II: Ghost. Mary J. Blige_sentence_15

Life and career Mary J. Blige_section_0

1971–90: From early life to start of career Mary J. Blige_section_1

Blige was born January 11, 1971, in New York, in the borough of the Bronx, but spent her early childhood in Savannah, Georgia. Mary J. Blige_sentence_16

She and her family subsequently moved back to New York and resided in the Schlobohm Housing Projects, located in Yonkers, New York. Mary J. Blige_sentence_17

She was born to mother Cora, a nurse, and father Thomas Blige, a jazz musician. Mary J. Blige_sentence_18

She is the second of three children. Mary J. Blige_sentence_19

She has an elder sister, LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, and a brother, Bruce Miller, from a later relationship Blige's mother had with another man after divorcing Mary and LaTonya's father. Mary J. Blige_sentence_20

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_21

Blige spent her early years in Richmond Hill, Georgia, where she sang in a Pentecostal church. Mary J. Blige_sentence_22

At the age of five, she was molested by a family friend, and as a teenager she endured years of sexual harassment from peers of both sexes. Mary J. Blige_sentence_23

She briefly taught herself boxing in an effort to defend and protect herself. Mary J. Blige_sentence_24

She would eventually turn to alcohol, drugs and promiscuous sex to try and numb the pain. Mary J. Blige_sentence_25

Blige later moved to Schlobohm Houses in Yonkers, New York, immediately north of New York City, where she lived with her mother and older sister. Mary J. Blige_sentence_26

Blige dropped out of high school in her junior year. Mary J. Blige_sentence_27

Pursuing a musical career, Blige spent a short time in a Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie D'Aprile. Mary J. Blige_sentence_28

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_29

Her mother's boyfriend at the time later played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records. Mary J. Blige_sentence_30

Redd sent it to the president and CEO of the label, Andre Harrell. Mary J. Blige_sentence_31

Harrell met with Blige and in 1989 she was signed to the label as a backup vocalist for artists such as Father MC, becoming the company's youngest and first female artist. Mary J. Blige_sentence_32

1991–96: What's The 411? and My Life Mary J. Blige_section_2

After being signed to Uptown, Blige began working with record producer Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy. Mary J. Blige_sentence_33

He became the executive producer and produced a majority of the album. Mary J. Blige_sentence_34

The title, What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_35 , derived from Blige's past occupation as a 4-1-1 operator; was also an indication by Blige of being the "real deal". Mary J. Blige_sentence_36

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nevertheless established Blige as a dynamic storyteller whose performances of love narrative drew upon both her musical influences and her lived experiences as a hip-hop-generation woman. Mary J. Blige_sentence_38

The music was described as "revelatory on a frequent basis". Mary J. Blige_sentence_39

Blige was noted for having a "tough girl persona and streetwise lyrics". Mary J. Blige_sentence_40

On July 28, 1992, Uptown/MCA Records released What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_41 , to positive reviews from critics. Mary J. Blige_sentence_42

What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_43

peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_44

It also peaked at number 53 on the UK Albums Chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_45

It was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA. Mary J. Blige_sentence_46

According to Entertainment Weekly's Dave DiMartino, with the record's commercial success and Blige's "powerful, soulful voice and hip-hop attitude", she "solidly connected with an audience that has never seen a woman do new jack swing but loves it just the same". Mary J. Blige_sentence_47

According to Dave McAleer, Blige became the most successful new female R&B artist of 1992 in the United States. Mary J. Blige_sentence_48

What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_49

earned her two Soul Train Music Awards in 1993: Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album, Female. Mary J. Blige_sentence_50

It was also voted the year's 30th best album in the Pazz & Jop—an annual poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice. Mary J. Blige_sentence_51

By August 2010, the album had sold 3,318,000 copies in the US. Mary J. Blige_sentence_52

What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_53

has since been viewed by critics as one of the 1990s' most important records. Mary J. Blige_sentence_54

Blige's combination of vocals over a hip hop beat proved influential in contemporary R&B. Mary J. Blige_sentence_55

With the album, she was dubbed the reigning "Queen of Hip Hop Soul" The album's success spun off What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_56 Remix, a remix album released in December that was used to extend the life of the What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_57

singles on the radio into 1994, as Blige recorded her follow-up album. Mary J. Blige_sentence_58

Following the success of her debut album and a remixed version in 1993, Blige went into the recording studio in the winter of 1993 to record her second album, My Life. Mary J. Blige_sentence_59

The album was a breakthrough for Blige, who at this point was in a clinical depression, battling both drugs and alcohol – as well as being in an abusive relationship with K-Ci Hailey, which was reported in several tabloids. Mary J. Blige_sentence_60

On November 29, 1994, Uptown/MCA released My Life to positive reviews. Mary J. Blige_sentence_61

The album peaked at number seven on the US Billboard 200 and number one of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for selling 481,000 copies in its first week and remaining atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for an unprecedented eight weeks. Mary J. Blige_sentence_62

It ultimately spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and 84 weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_63

In 2002, My Life was ranked number 57 on Blender's list of the 100 greatest American albums of all time. Mary J. Blige_sentence_64

The following year, Rolling Stone placed it at number 279 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and in 2006, the record was included in Time's 100 greatest albums of all-time list. Mary J. Blige_sentence_65

Blige involved herself in several outside projects, recording a cover of Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" for the soundtrack to the FOX series New York Undercover, and "Everyday It Rains" (co-written by R&B singer Faith Evans) for the soundtrack to the hip hop documentary, The Show. Mary J. Blige_sentence_66

Later in the year, she recorded the Babyface-penned and produced "Not Gon' Cry", for the soundtrack to the motion picture Waiting to Exhale. Mary J. Blige_sentence_67

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_68

Blige gained her first two Grammy nominations and won the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for her collaboration with Method Man. Mary J. Blige_sentence_69

Shortly after, Blige was featured on Jay Z's breakthrough single, "Can't Knock the Hustle" from his debut Reasonable Doubt (1996) and with Ghostface Killah on "All That I Got Is You" from his debut, Ironman, which was also released that year. Mary J. Blige_sentence_70

In addition, Blige co-wrote four songs, provided background vocals and was featured prominently on two singles with fellow R&B singer Case on his self-titled debut album (1996) including the US top 20 hit, "Touch Me, Tease Me", which also featured then up-and-coming rapper Foxy Brown. Mary J. Blige_sentence_71

1997–2001: Share My World and Mary Mary J. Blige_section_3

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_72

By then, she and Combs had dissolved their working relationship. Mary J. Blige_sentence_73

In his place were the Trackmasters, who executive-produced the project along with Steve Stoute. Mary J. Blige_sentence_74

Sharing production duties were producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, R. Mary J. Blige_sentence_75 Kelly, Babyface and Rodney Jerkins. Mary J. Blige_sentence_76

The album was made at a time when Blige was trying to "get her life together", by trying to overcome drugs and alcohol, as well as the ending of her relationship with Hailey. Mary J. Blige_sentence_77

After an encounter with a person who threatened her life the previous year, she tried to quit the unhealthy lifestyle and make more upbeat, happier music. Mary J. Blige_sentence_78

As a result, songs such as "Love Is All We Need" and "Share My World" were made. Mary J. Blige_sentence_79

Share My World debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned five hit singles: "Love Is All We Need" (featuring Nas), "I Can Love You" (featuring Lil' Kim), "Everything", "Missing You" (UK only) and "Seven Days" (featuring George Benson). Mary J. Blige_sentence_80

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_81

In early 1998, Blige won an American Music Award for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album". Mary J. Blige_sentence_82

That summer, she embarked on the Share My World Tour, which resulted in a Gold-certified live album released later that year, simply titled The Tour. Mary J. Blige_sentence_83

The album spawned one single, "Misty Blue". Mary J. Blige_sentence_84

On August 17, 1999, Blige's fourth album, titled Mary was released. Mary J. Blige_sentence_85

It marked a departure from her more familiar hip hop-oriented sound; this set featured a more earthy, whimsical, and adult contemporary-tinged collection of songs, reminiscent of the 1970s to early 1980s soul. Mary J. Blige_sentence_86

She also appeared on In Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua with Eric Clapton in 1999. Mary J. Blige_sentence_87

On December 14, 1999, the album was re-released as a double-disc set. Mary J. Blige_sentence_88

The second disc was enhanced with the music videos for the singles "All That I Can Say" and "Deep Inside" and included two bonus tracks: "Sincerity" (featuring Nas, Andy Hogan and DMX) and "Confrontation" (a collaboration with hip hop duo Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap originally from their 1999 album The Tunnel). Mary J. Blige_sentence_89

The Mary album was critically praised, becoming her most nominated release to date, and was certified double platinum. Mary J. Blige_sentence_90

It was not as commercially successful as Blige's prior releases, though all of the singles: "All That I Can Say", "Deep Inside", "Your Child", and "Give Me You" performed considerably on the radio. Mary J. Blige_sentence_91

In the meantime, MCA used the album to expand Blige's demographic into the nightclub market, as club-friendly dance remixes of the Mary singles were released. Mary J. Blige_sentence_92

The club remix of "Your Child" peaked at number-one on the Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart in October 2000. Mary J. Blige_sentence_93

In 2001, a Japan-only compilation, Ballads, was released. Mary J. Blige_sentence_94

The album featured covers of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed", and previous recordings of Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue". Mary J. Blige_sentence_95

In 1999, George Michael and Mary J. Blige covered the song 'As' written by Stevie Wonder, and worldwide outside of the United States, it was the second single from George Michael's greatest hits album Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael. Mary J. Blige_sentence_96

It became a top ten UK pop hit, reaching number four on the chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_97

It was not released on the U.S. version of the greatest hits collection or as a single in the U.S. Michael cited Blige's record company president for pulling the track in America after Michael's arrest for committing a lewd act. Mary J. Blige_sentence_98

In January 2001, Blige performed as a special guest in the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show. Mary J. Blige_sentence_99

2002–04: No More Drama and Love & Life Mary J. Blige_section_4

On August 28, 2001, MCA released Blige's fifth studio album, No More Drama. Mary J. Blige_sentence_100

The album's first single, "Family Affair" (produced by Dr. Mary J. Blige_sentence_101 Dre) became her first and only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. Mary J. Blige_sentence_102

It was followed by two further hit singles, the European only single "Dance for Me" featuring Common with samples from "The Bed's Too Big Without You" by The Police, and the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced title track (originally recorded for the Mary album), which sampled "Nadia's Theme", the piano-driven theme song to the daytime drama The Young and the Restless. Mary J. Blige_sentence_103

Though the album sold nearly two million copies in the U.S., MCA was underwhelmed by its sales, and subsequently repackaged and re-released the album on January 29, 2002. Mary J. Blige_sentence_104

The No More Drama re-release featured a new album cover, deleted three of the songs from the original tracklisting, while adding two brand-new songs—one of which was the fourth single and top twenty Hot 100 hit "Rainy Dayz", (featuring Ja Rule), plus two remixes; one of the title track, serviced by Sean Combs/Puff Daddy and the single version of "Dance for Me" featuring Common. Mary J. Blige_sentence_105

Blige won a Grammy for 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance' for the song "He Think I Don't Know." Mary J. Blige_sentence_106

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_107

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." Mary J. Blige_sentence_108

This album was released in a limited edition double pack 12" vinyl for DJ-friendly play in nightclubs. Mary J. Blige_sentence_109

On August 26, 2003, Blige's sixth album Love & Life was released on Geffen Records (which had absorbed MCA Records.) Mary J. Blige_sentence_110

Blige heavily collaborated with her one-time producer Sean Combs for this set. Mary J. Blige_sentence_111

Due to the history between them on What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_112

and My Life, which is generally regarded as their best work, and Blige having just come off of a successful fifth album, expectations were high for the reunion effort. Mary J. Blige_sentence_113

Despite the album debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and becoming Blige's fourth consecutive UK top ten album, Love & Life's lead-off single, the Diddy-produced "Love @ 1st Sight", which featured Method Man, barely cracked the top ten on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while altogether missing the top twenty on the Hot 100 (although peaking inside the UK top twenty). Mary J. Blige_sentence_114

The following singles, "Ooh! Mary J. Blige_sentence_115 ", "Not Today" featuring Eve, "Whenever I Say Your Name" featuring Sting on the international re-release, and "It's a Wrap" fared worse. Mary J. Blige_sentence_116

Although the album was certified platinum, it became Blige's lowest-selling at the time. Mary J. Blige_sentence_117

Critics and fans alike largely panned the disc, citing a lack of consistency and noticeable ploys to recapture the early Blige/Combs glory. Mary J. Blige_sentence_118

Blige and Combs reportedly struggled and clashed during the making of this album, and again parted ways upon the completion of it. Mary J. Blige_sentence_119

The album became Blige's first album in six years to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 285,298 copies in first week. Mary J. Blige_sentence_120

Love & Life received mixed reviews from music critics. Mary J. Blige_sentence_121

AllMusic gave it 4 stars and said the album "beamed with joy" and Rolling Stone gave it three stars, saying "You may not always love Blige's music, but you will feel her". Mary J. Blige_sentence_122

The album was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA. Mary J. Blige_sentence_123

To date the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the US and over 2,000,000 copies worldwide. Mary J. Blige_sentence_124

The album was nominated for the Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 46th Grammy Awards. Mary J. Blige_sentence_125

2005–10: The Breakthrough, Growing Pains, Stronger withEach Tear Mary J. Blige_section_5

Geffen Records released Blige's seventh studio album, The Breakthrough on December 20, 2005. Mary J. Blige_sentence_126

For the album, Blige collaborated with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Mary J. Blige_sentence_127

League, Rodney Jerkins,, Bryan-Michael Cox, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Raphael Saadiq, Cool and Dre, and Dre & Vidal. Mary J. Blige_sentence_128

The cover art was photographed by Markus Klinko & Indrani. Mary J. Blige_sentence_129

It debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Mary J. Blige_sentence_130

Selling 727,000 copies in its first week, it became the biggest first-week sales for an R&B solo female artist in SoundScan history, the fifth largest first-week sales for a female artist, and the fourth largest debut of 2005. Mary J. Blige_sentence_131

The lead-off single, "Be Without You", peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number one on the R&B chart for a record-setting fifteen consecutive weeks; it remained on the chart for over sixteen months. Mary J. Blige_sentence_132

"Be Without You" found success in the UK (peaking in the lower end of the top forty) it became Blige's longest charting single on the UK Singles Chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_133

It is her second longest charting single to date. Mary J. Blige_sentence_134

The album produced three more singles including two more top-five R&B hits—"Enough Cryin'", which features Blige's alter ego Brook-Lynn (as whom she appeared on the remix to Busta Rhymes's "Touch It" in 2006); and "Take Me as I Am" (which samples Lonnie Liston Smith's "A Garden of Peace"). Mary J. Blige_sentence_135

Blige's duet with U2 on the cover of their 1992 hit, "One" gave Blige her biggest hit to date in the UK, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart eventually being certified one of the forty highest-selling singles of 2006; it was her longest charting UK single. Mary J. Blige_sentence_136

The success of The Breakthrough won Blige nine Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, two BET Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Soul Train Award. Mary J. Blige_sentence_137

She received eight Grammy Award nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards, the most of any artist that year. Mary J. Blige_sentence_138

"Be Without You" was nominated for both "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year". Mary J. Blige_sentence_139

Blige won three: "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance", "Best R&B Song" (both for "Be Without You"), and "Best R&B Album" for The Breakthrough. Mary J. Blige_sentence_140

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_141

In December 2006, a compilation called Reflections (A Retrospective) was released. Mary J. Blige_sentence_142

It contained many of Blige's greatest hits and four new songs, including the worldwide lead single "We Ride (I See the Future)". Mary J. Blige_sentence_143

In the UK, however, "MJB da MVP" (which appeared in a different, shorter form on The Breakthrough) was released as the lead single from the collection. Mary J. Blige_sentence_144

The album peaked at number nine in the U.S, selling over 170,000 copies in its first week, while reaching number forty in the UK In 2006, Blige recorded a duet with rapper Ludacris, "Runaway Love", which is the third single on his fifth album, Release Therapy. Mary J. Blige_sentence_145

It reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_146

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_147

The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Mary J. Blige_sentence_148

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_149

It sold 629,000 copies in its first week, marking the third time since Nielsen SoundScan began collecting data in 1991 that two albums sold more than 600,000 copies in a week in the United States. Mary J. Blige_sentence_150

In its second week, the album climbed to number one, making it Blige's fourth number-one album. Mary J. Blige_sentence_151

The lead single, "Just Fine", peaked at number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_152

"Just Fine" was nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance", and Blige won "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for the Chaka Khan duet "Disrespectful" (featured on Khan's album Funk This) which Blige wrote. Mary J. Blige_sentence_153

Growing Pains was not released in the UK until February 2008, where it became Blige's fifth top ten and third-highest charting album.The Breakthrough and Reflections (A Retrospective) were released in the Christmas rush and therefore settled for lower peaks, although both selling more than her top five album Mary. Mary J. Blige_sentence_154

"Just Fine" returned Blige to the UK singles chart top 20 after her previous two singles failed to chart highly. Mary J. Blige_sentence_155

Subsequent singles from Growing Pains include "Work That", which accompanied Blige in an iTunes commercial, and "Stay Down". Mary J. Blige_sentence_156

Blige was featured on 50 Cent's 2007 album, Curtis, in the song "All of Me". Mary J. Blige_sentence_157

In March 2008, she toured with Jay-Z in the Heart of the City Tour. Mary J. Blige_sentence_158

They released a song called "You're Welcome". Mary J. Blige_sentence_159

In the same period, cable network BET aired a special on Blige entitled The Evolution of Mary J. Blige, which showcased her career. Mary J. Blige_sentence_160

Celebrities such as Method Man and Ashanti gave their opinions about Blige and her music. Mary J. Blige_sentence_161

Blige is featured on singles by Big Boi, and Musiq Soulchild. Mary J. Blige_sentence_162

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_163

Blige went on the Growing Pains European Tour, her first tour there in two years. Mary J. Blige_sentence_164

A tour of Australia and New Zealand was scheduled for June but was postponed due to "weariness from an overwhelming tour schedule" and then eventually canceled entirely. Mary J. Blige_sentence_165

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_166

The filing claimed that Dream Family never gave rights to use the song to Blige, Feemster or Geffen Records. Mary J. Blige_sentence_167

Rights to the lyrics of the song used in an iPod commercial are not in question. Mary J. Blige_sentence_168

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". Mary J. Blige_sentence_169

Blige also performed her hit 2007 single, "Just Fine", with a new intro at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball after Barack Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009. Mary J. Blige_sentence_170

Blige appeared as a marquee performer on the annual Christmas in Washington television special. Mary J. Blige_sentence_171

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_172

It became her fifth album not to take the top spot in the United States. Mary J. Blige_sentence_173

The lead single, "The One", which features Canadian rapper Drake, was released for airplay in June 2009, and was officially and digitally released in July 2009, peaking at number 63 on the Hot 100. Mary J. Blige_sentence_174

Blige recorded "Stronger", as the lead single from the soundtrack to the basketball documentary "More than a Game" in August 2009. Mary J. Blige_sentence_175

The second single from Stronger with Each Tear, "I Am", was released in December 2009 and reached number fifty-five on the Hot 100. Mary J. Blige_sentence_176

The third international single from the album, "Each Tear", was remixed with different featured artists from different countries, then being released in February 2010. Mary J. Blige_sentence_177

The single failed to chart anywhere except in the UK where it reached number one-hundred-eighty-three and in Italy where it reached number one. Mary J. Blige_sentence_178

The album's third U.S. single, "We Got Hood Love" featuring Trey Songz, was released in March 2010 and reached number tw25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart though it failed to reach the Hot 100. Mary J. Blige_sentence_179

One of Blige's representatives reported to Us Weekly magazine that a tour in support of Stronger with Each Tear would begin in the fall of 2010. Mary J. Blige_sentence_180

In March 2010, Blige released Stronger with Each Tear in the United Kingdom, as well as in the European markets. Mary J. Blige_sentence_181

The album performed modestly in the United Kingdom, debuting at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart and at number four on the UK R&B Chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_182

It reached the top 100 in other countries. Mary J. Blige_sentence_183

Blige was honored at the 2009 BET Honors Ceremony and was paid tribute by Anita Baker and Monica. Mary J. Blige_sentence_184

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_185

Blige performed two songs from her ninth album as well as her previous hits, "No More Drama" and "Be Without You" along with the song "Color", which was featured on the Precious soundtrack. Mary J. Blige_sentence_186

Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, 2010. Mary J. Blige_sentence_187

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_188

At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Blige and Andrea Bocelli performed" Bridge over Troubled Water". Mary J. Blige_sentence_189

Blige also performed on BET's SOS Help For Haiti, singing "Gonna Make It" with Jazmine Sullivan and "One." Mary J. Blige_sentence_190

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_191

At the 41st NAACP Image Awards Blige won Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album for Stronger with Each Tear. Mary J. Blige_sentence_192

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_193

She came in at number 2 overall. Mary J. Blige_sentence_194

2011–13: My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) & A Mary Christmas Mary J. Blige_section_6

In January 2011, Hot 97 premiered Blige's teaser track "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" featuring vocals by Lil Wayne. Mary J. Blige_sentence_195

In July 2011, Blige released the song "The Living Proof" as the lead single to the soundtrack of the film The Help. Mary J. Blige_sentence_196

On July 24, VH1 premiered their third Behind the Music that profiled her personal and career life. Mary J. Blige_sentence_197

In August 2011, Blige released her first single off the album, "25/8". Mary J. Blige_sentence_198

Blige's tenth studio album, My Life II... Mary J. Blige_sentence_199 The Journey Continues (Act 1), was released in November 2011. Mary J. Blige_sentence_200

The album, primarily recorded in Los Angeles and New York City, saw Blige looking toward the future while acknowledging the past. Mary J. Blige_sentence_201

"From me to you, My Life II... Our journey together continues in this life," the singer explained. Mary J. Blige_sentence_202

"It's a gift to be able to relate and identify with my fans at all times. Mary J. Blige_sentence_203

This album is a reflection of the times and lives of people all around me." Mary J. Blige_sentence_204

The album features production by Kanye West and the Underdogs. Mary J. Blige_sentence_205

The second single "Mr. Wrong" featuring Canadian rapper Drake was the most successful single from the album, peaking at number 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_206

The rest of the songs released, including lead single "25/8" achieved only moderate success, peaking within the top 40 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Mary J. Blige_sentence_207

The album itself debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, selling 156,000 copies in the first week; it was eventually certified Gold in 2012 and has sold 763,000 in the US. Mary J. Blige_sentence_208

On February 28, 2012, Blige performed "Star Spangled Banner" at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. Mary J. Blige_sentence_209

Blige appeared as guest mentor on American Idol on March 7, 2012, and performed "Why" on the results show the following night. Mary J. Blige_sentence_210

On September 23, 2012, Blige was a performer at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Mary J. Blige_sentence_211

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_212

In early 2013, reports surfaced that Blige was recording a Christmas album. Mary J. Blige_sentence_213

The album, titled, A Mary Christmas was released on October 15, 2013, through Matriarch and Verve Records, her first release with the latter. Mary J. Blige_sentence_214

The album includes collaborations with Barbra Streisand, the Clark Sisters, Marc Anthony and Jessie J. Mary J. Blige_sentence_215

In early December, A Mary Christmas became Blige's 12th top ten album after it rose to #10 in its eight week. Mary J. Blige_sentence_216

On October 23, 2013, Blige sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 2013 World Series. Mary J. Blige_sentence_217

2014–present: The London Sessions and Strength of a Woman Mary J. Blige_section_7

On February 5, 2014, a remix of Disclosure's "F for You" featuring guest vocals from Mary was released. Mary J. Blige_sentence_218

It was announced May 30, 2014, that Think Like a Man Too (Music from and Inspired by the Film), released June 17 on Epic Records, would introduce new songs by Mary J. Blige, including the single "Suitcase". Mary J. Blige_sentence_219

Blige recorded a collection of music from and inspired by the film. Mary J. Blige_sentence_220

In the United States, Think Like a Man Too debuted at number 30 on the Billboard 200, with 8,688 copies sold in its first week, becoming the lowest sales debut of any of her studio albums. Mary J. Blige_sentence_221

On Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, the soundtrack album charted at number six, marking Blige's 16th top ten entry on the chart, tying her with Mariah Carey for the second-most top tens by a female artist. Mary J. Blige_sentence_222

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". Mary J. Blige_sentence_223

A live visual to the song was released on the same day. Mary J. Blige_sentence_224

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. Mary J. Blige_sentence_225

Blige spent a month in London recording her album in RAK Studios with a host of young British acts, including Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith. Mary J. Blige_sentence_226

Ten new songs, co-written and recorded by the singer, were released on November 24, 2014 on an album entitled The London Sessions. Mary J. Blige_sentence_227

That same month, she announced that she left Geffen and Interscope and signed with Capitol Records. Mary J. Blige_sentence_228

In August 2016, Blige was recruited to perform the new theme song for the ABC Daytime talk show The View for its twentieth season titled "World's Gone Crazy" written by Diane Warren. Mary J. Blige_sentence_229

A music video was also shot for the new theme song with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Raven-Symoné, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Jedediah Bila. Mary J. Blige_sentence_230

Blige also appeared on The View alongside Maxwell during its premiere week on September 9, 2016 to discuss their joint tour and theme song. Mary J. Blige_sentence_231

On September 30, 2016, Blige premiered a new show, The 411, on Apple Music. Mary J. Blige_sentence_232

On its debut episode, she interviewed Hillary Clinton. Mary J. Blige_sentence_233

A trailer was released online with Blige singing a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin" to a bewildered Clinton. Mary J. Blige_sentence_234

The exchange received mixed and negative reaction on social media. Mary J. Blige_sentence_235

Two weeks later, a studio version, this time featuring a verse from American rapper Kendrick Lamar was released online. Mary J. Blige_sentence_236

Following her highly publicized divorce from Kendu Issacs, Blige released two songs within October, "Thick of It" and "U + Me (Love Lesson)". Mary J. Blige_sentence_237

On April 28, 2017, her thirteenth studio album, Strength of a Woman, was released. Mary J. Blige_sentence_238

It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and topped the R&B Albums chart. Mary J. Blige_sentence_239

On July 12, 2018, Blige released the single "Only Love" on Republic Records, following her exit from Capitol Records. Mary J. Blige_sentence_240

On April 16, 2019, Blige announced that she is co-headlining a North American summer tour with Nas titled The Royalty Tour. Mary J. Blige_sentence_241

On May 8, Blige released the single "Thriving" featuring Nas. Mary J. Blige_sentence_242

During an interview with Ebro Darden on Beats 1 for the premiere of "Thriving", Blige announced that her next studio album will be released before July. Mary J. Blige_sentence_243

On June 23, at the BET Awards 2019, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary contributions to music industry. Mary J. Blige_sentence_244

On June 25, The New York Times Magazine listed Mary J. Blige among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. Mary J. Blige_sentence_245

Acting career Mary J. Blige_section_8

1998—2016: Early works Mary J. Blige_section_9

In 1998, Blige made her acting debut on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, playing the apparently southern Ola Mae, a preacher's daughter who wanted to sing more than gospel music. Mary J. Blige_sentence_246

Her father was portrayed by Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers. Mary J. Blige_sentence_247

In 2001, Blige starred opposite rapper Q-Tip in the independent film Prison Song. Mary J. Blige_sentence_248

That same year, Blige made a cameo on the Lifetime network series, Strong Medicine; playing the role of Simone Fellows. Mary J. Blige_sentence_249

Blige's character was the lead singer of a band who was sick, but would not seek treatment. Mary J. Blige_sentence_250

In 2000, Blige was featured in a superhero web cartoon in junction with Stan Lee. Mary J. Blige_sentence_251

Blige used the cartoon as part of her performance while on her 2000 Mary Show Tour. Mary J. Blige_sentence_252

In 2004, Blige starred in an Off-Broadway play, The Exonerated. Mary J. Blige_sentence_253

The play chronicled the experiences of death row inmates. Mary J. Blige_sentence_254

Blige portrayed Sunny Jacobs, a woman who spent 20 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. Mary J. Blige_sentence_255

In late 2005, it was reported that Blige landed the starring role in the upcoming MTV Films biopic on American singer/pianist and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. Mary J. Blige_sentence_256

By spring of 2010, Blige was slated to star as Simone with British actor David Oyelowo portraying her manager Clifton Henderson. Mary J. Blige_sentence_257

Blige later dropped out of the role due to financial issues and the role was subsequently recast with Dominican American actress Zoe Saldana as Simone in Nina, released in 2016. Mary J. Blige_sentence_258

In February 2007, Blige guest-starred on Ghost Whisperer, in an episode called "Mean Ghost", as the character Jackie Boyd, the school's cheerleader coach grieving for the death of her brother and affected by the ghost of a dead cheerleader. Mary J. Blige_sentence_259

The episode features many of Blige's songs. Mary J. Blige_sentence_260

In August 2007, Blige was a guest star on Entourage, in the role of herself, as a client of Ari Gold's agency. Mary J. Blige_sentence_261

In October 2007, Blige was also a guest star on America's Next Top Model, as a creative director for a photoshoot by Matthew Rolston. Mary J. Blige_sentence_262

In May 2009, Mary made a guest appearance on 30 Rock, as an artist recording a benefit song for a kidney. Mary J. Blige_sentence_263

Blige also had a supporting role in Tyler Perry's movie I Can Do Bad All by Myself, which was released in September 2009. Mary J. Blige_sentence_264

Blige starred alongside Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, and Alec Baldwin in the film adaptation of the 1980s jukebox hit musical Rock of Ages. Mary J. Blige_sentence_265

Blige played Justice Charlier, the owner of a Sunset Strip gentlemen's club. Mary J. Blige_sentence_266

Production began in May 2011 and the film was released in June 2012. Mary J. Blige_sentence_267

Blige starred in the Lifetime movie Betty and Coretta alongside Angela Bassett, Malik Yoba and Lindsay Owen Pierre. Mary J. Blige_sentence_268

She played Dr. Mary J. Blige_sentence_269 Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X. Mary J. Blige_sentence_270

The film premiered in February 2013. Mary J. Blige_sentence_271

In December 2015, she portrayed Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West in NBC's The Wiz Live!. Mary J. Blige_sentence_272

In October 2016, Blige guest-starred on ABC legal drama How to Get Away with Murder as an old acquaintance of Annalise Keating played by Viola Davis. Mary J. Blige_sentence_273

2017—present Mary J. Blige_section_10

In 2017, Blige starred in the period drama film Mudbound directed by Dee Rees. Mary J. Blige_sentence_274

Playing Florence Jackson, the matriarch of her family, she received praise such as Variety's review: "Mary J. Blige, as the mother of the Jackson family, gives a transformative performance that will elevate the acting career of the R&B star." Mary J. Blige_sentence_275

For her performance in Mudbound, Blige was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Mary J. Blige_sentence_276

As she was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song (with Taura Stinson and Raphael Saadiq), she became the first person nominated for an Academy Award for acting and original song in the same year. Mary J. Blige_sentence_277

Her nomination also made Dee Rees the first black woman to direct a film for which an actor was nominated for an Academy Award. Mary J. Blige_sentence_278

Blige voiced Irene Adler in the 2018 animated film Sherlock Gnomes, and in 2020 voiced Queen Essence in the animated musical film Trolls World Tour. Mary J. Blige_sentence_279

In 2018, it was announced that Blige was cast as Sherry Elliot in the third season of the slasher television series Scream. Mary J. Blige_sentence_280

The season premiered on VH1 on July 8, 2019. Mary J. Blige_sentence_281

In 2019, Blige starred in the role of Cha-Cha, a main antagonist in the Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy. Mary J. Blige_sentence_282

Blige played a leading role in the upcoming horror film Body Cam. Mary J. Blige_sentence_283

She starred in the independent drama film Pink Skies Ahead that will premiere at the 2020 South by Southwest film festival. Mary J. Blige_sentence_284

She played singer Dinah Washington in the biographical drama film Respect about life and career of Aretha Franklin. Mary J. Blige_sentence_285

The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on January 15, 2021. Mary J. Blige_sentence_286

In late 2019, Blige began production on an untitled documentary about her life and career directed by Vanessa Roth. Mary J. Blige_sentence_287

Blige stars as Monet Stewart in Power Book II: Ghost, the first spin-off for the highly rated Starz cable drama Power which premieres in September 2020. Mary J. Blige_sentence_288

Personal life Mary J. Blige_section_11

Blige married her manager, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs, on December 7, 2003. Mary J. Blige_sentence_289

At the time, Isaacs had two children, Nas and Jordan, with his first wife, and an older daughter, Briana, from a teenage relationship. Mary J. Blige_sentence_290

In July 2016, Blige filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences". Mary J. Blige_sentence_291

Blige and Isaacs' divorce was finalized on June 21, 2018. Mary J. Blige_sentence_292

A Democrat, Blige performed for Barack Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Mary J. Blige_sentence_293

Blige has dealt with drug and alcohol addiction, and has been sober for several years. Mary J. Blige_sentence_294

Other ventures Mary J. Blige_section_12

In 2004, Blige launched her own record label, Matriarch Records, distributed through Interscope, and in mid-2012, discovered girl group Just'Us, making the group the first ladies of the label. Mary J. Blige_sentence_295

Blige says "These are my little Mary's; they each remind me of myself at different points in my life." Mary J. Blige_sentence_296

Blige has been reported to be working with Just'Us on their debut album. Mary J. Blige_sentence_297

In July 2010, Blige launched her first perfume, My Life (through Carol's Daughter), exclusively on HSN. Mary J. Blige_sentence_298

The fragrance's success broke sales records in hours and has been awarded two prestigious FIFI awards from the Fragrance Foundation. Mary J. Blige_sentence_299

The newest fragrance, My Life Blossom launched in August 2011 exclusively to HSN. Mary J. Blige_sentence_300

In October 2010, Blige released a line of sunglasses called "Melodies by MJB". Mary J. Blige_sentence_301

The first Melodies collection featured four styles with a total of 20 color options. Mary J. Blige_sentence_302

Each style represented a specific facet of Blige's life. Mary J. Blige_sentence_303

Essence magazine reported that in the spring of 2011, "Melodies by MJB" extended their collection to offer more styles. Mary J. Blige_sentence_304

Blige's production company, along with William Morris Endeavor, is also working on several TV and film projects. Mary J. Blige_sentence_305

In partnership with the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and Carol's Daughter, Blige released her "My Life" perfume. Mary J. Blige_sentence_306

The perfume broke HSN records by selling 65,000 bottles during its premiere. Mary J. Blige_sentence_307

The scent went on to win two FiFi Awards, including the "Fragrance Sales Breakthrough" award. Mary J. Blige_sentence_308

Blige has had endorsement contracts with Reebok, Air Jordan, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Gap, Target, American Express, AT&T Inc., M·A·C, Apple Inc., Burger King and Chevrolet. Mary J. Blige_sentence_309

She has also been a spokesperson with Carol's Daughter beauty products and Citibank's with Nickelback program. Mary J. Blige_sentence_310

Legacy Mary J. Blige_section_13

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Called the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul", Blige is credited with influencing the musical marriage of hip hop and R&B. Mary J. Blige_sentence_312

Ethan Brown of The New Yorker says that albums "What's the 411?" Mary J. Blige_sentence_313

and "My Life", in hindsight, invented "the sample-heavy sound that reinvigorated urban radio and became a blueprint for nineties hip-hop and R&B". Mary J. Blige_sentence_314

Tom Horan of The Daily Telegraph comments that Blige, being a hugely influential figure in popular music, "invented what is now called R&B by successfully combining female vocals with muscular hip hop rhythm tracks. Mary J. Blige_sentence_315

All over the world, that recipe dominates today's charts." Mary J. Blige_sentence_316

Called one of the "most explosive, coming-out displays of pure singing prowess" and "one of the most important albums of the nineties", What's the 411? Mary J. Blige_sentence_317

saw Blige pioneer "the movement that would later become neo soul, generating gripping songs that were also massive radio hits". Mary J. Blige_sentence_318

African American scholars have noted the implications of Blige's presentation and representation of black womanhood and femininity in the typically male-dominated and centric sphere of hip hop. Mary J. Blige_sentence_319

Blending the vocal techniques of rapping in hip hop with aspirational messages in R&B, Blige is credited to articulating black women's experiences in a "more factual and objective" manner than typical stereotypes and tropes of black women in the media. Mary J. Blige_sentence_320

Using her personal experiences and struggles with her family as source material for her songs, Blige refutes notions of black female hypersexuality by "imploring women to love and empower themselves through both autonomy and intimacy." Mary J. Blige_sentence_321

This desire for love does more than connect to her audience members. Mary J. Blige_sentence_322

With particular attention on her single "Real Love," critics note how the song is "a performative text, declaratively demand[ing] recognition of Blige's full humanity and, more broadly, that of hip-hop-generation women." Mary J. Blige_sentence_323

Blige has received notable awards and achievements. Mary J. Blige_sentence_324

In 2010, she was ranked 80th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artist of All Time. Mary J. Blige_sentence_325

Blige was listed as one of the 50 most influential R&B singers by Essence. Mary J. Blige_sentence_326

Rolling Stone magazine ranked My Life at number 279 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Mary J. Blige_sentence_327

The album was also included on Time's list of the 100 Greatest albums of All Time. Mary J. Blige_sentence_328

Alternately called the "Queen of R&B" for her success in the realm of R&B, Blige has amassed ten number one albums on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart . Mary J. Blige_sentence_329

Blige is also the only artist to have won Grammys in the R&B, hip hop, pop, and gospel fields. Mary J. Blige_sentence_330

As an actress, Blige received the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival for her role in Mudbound. Mary J. Blige_sentence_331

In 2020, Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian female Vice President-elect on a major party walked out to "Work That" at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, campaign events (including her own presidential campaign), and her victory speech. Mary J. Blige_sentence_332

Discography Mary J. Blige_section_14

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Tours Mary J. Blige_section_15

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Filmography Mary J. Blige_section_19

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Film Mary J. Blige_section_20

Mary J. Blige_table_general_1

YearMary J. Blige_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleMary J. Blige_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleMary J. Blige_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesMary J. Blige_header_cell_1_0_3
2001Mary J. Blige_cell_1_1_0 Prison SongMary J. Blige_cell_1_1_1 Mrs. ButlerMary J. Blige_cell_1_1_2 Film debutMary J. Blige_cell_1_1_3
2009Mary J. Blige_cell_1_2_0 I Can Do Bad All By MyselfMary J. Blige_cell_1_2_1 TanyaMary J. Blige_cell_1_2_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_2_3
2012Mary J. Blige_cell_1_3_0 Rock of AgesMary J. Blige_cell_1_3_1 Justice CharlierMary J. Blige_cell_1_3_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_3_3
2013Mary J. Blige_cell_1_4_0 Black NativityMary J. Blige_cell_1_4_1 Platinum FroMary J. Blige_cell_1_4_2 Nominated — American Black Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble CastMary J. Blige_cell_1_4_3
2014Mary J. Blige_cell_1_5_0 ChampsMary J. Blige_cell_1_5_1 HerselfMary J. Blige_cell_1_5_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_5_3
2017Mary J. Blige_cell_1_6_0 MudboundMary J. Blige_cell_1_6_1 Florence JacksonMary J. Blige_cell_1_6_2 Gotham Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Performance

New York Film Critics Online for Best Ensemble Cast IndieWire Critic's Poll Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (Film) Hollywood Film Awards – Breakout Actress Award Hollywood Film Awards – Breakout Ensemble Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated — Academy Award for Best Original Song Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best EnsembleMary J. Blige_cell_1_6_3

2018Mary J. Blige_cell_1_7_0 Sherlock GnomesMary J. Blige_cell_1_7_1 Irene (voice)Mary J. Blige_cell_1_7_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_7_3
2020Mary J. Blige_cell_1_8_0 Pink Skies AheadMary J. Blige_cell_1_8_1 Doctor MonroeMary J. Blige_cell_1_8_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_8_3
2020Mary J. Blige_cell_1_9_0 Trolls World TourMary J. Blige_cell_1_9_1 Queen Essence (voice)Mary J. Blige_cell_1_9_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_9_3
2020Mary J. Blige_cell_1_10_0 Body CamMary J. Blige_cell_1_10_1 ReneeMary J. Blige_cell_1_10_2 Mary J. Blige_cell_1_10_3
2020Mary J. Blige_cell_1_11_0 The Violent HeartMary J. Blige_cell_1_11_1 NinaMary J. Blige_cell_1_11_2 Post-productionMary J. Blige_cell_1_11_3
2021Mary J. Blige_cell_1_12_0 RespectMary J. Blige_cell_1_12_1 Dinah WashingtonMary J. Blige_cell_1_12_2 Post-productionMary J. Blige_cell_1_12_3
TBAMary J. Blige_cell_1_13_0 Untitled Mary J. Blige DocumentaryMary J. Blige_cell_1_13_1 HerselfMary J. Blige_cell_1_13_2 Also producerMary J. Blige_cell_1_13_3

Television Mary J. Blige_section_21

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: J. Blige.