Mary J. Blige received the Icon award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, making her the 11th artist to receive the award. She follows in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and last year’s award winner Pink. She watches her emotional acceptance speech later.
“Mary J. Blige represents the truth,” said Jackson, who presented the award. “Her work of hers has always given us comfort, because she represents me and she represents you.”
“I’m in a daze right now. Thank you very much,” Blige said in her acceptance speech. “The way the world is right now, I think people think icons are born that way. They become a legend overnight. But that’s definitely not the case. It takes a lot of time, work. hard and a lot of trial and error of survival. to achieve greatness. What an icon means to me is to overcome obstacles to achieve the unthinkable, and that is what I have always represented, “he continued. “I’ve been on this journey for a long time… one that was filled with a lot of heartache and pain. But God helped me channel those experiences and emotions into my music, which is where I started… When Andre Harrell and Puff Daddy from Uptown Records introduced the queen of hip-hop soul to the world, it was the start of a movement. Every inner city girl recognized her own and could relate to anything she said. And every female artist she walked into the game wanted to do everything it was doing, and still does to this day. I was ghetto fabulous, and still am,” she said with a smile.
He went on to thank God, his mother and father, his family and friends, and finally his fans. Ultimately, however, her own journey towards empowerment and autonomy was at the center of her discourse. “The message of my music has always been that we are not alone in our struggles, and I am not alone now,” she said. “For a long time I was looking for a real love, but finally I found my real love, and that real love is me.”
Blige’s first album, “What’s the 411?”, was released in 1992 to great acclaim. Since then, she has released a total of 14 studio albums, which have helped her break many records and earned her many other awards. In 2018, she broke Billboard’s record for most top 10 hits on the adult R&B charts. She has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, and 10 Billboard Music Awards. Additionally, the multi-talented star has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. She received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006 and the ASCAP Voice of Music Award in 2007.
He is still shining, creating and making a difference with his art and vision. On February 13, she performed at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show alongside Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. On March 2, Live Nation announced that she would be partnering with Blige to release a Lifetime movie inspired by her song “Real Love,” which will be a coming-of-age romance. And from May 6-8, she led the first-ever Strength of a Woman Festival, a partnership with Pepsi and Live Nation that featured music and programming on wellness, financial literacy and more.
“My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many twists and turns in avenues I could never have imagined such as acting, producing, launching businesses and now even my own music festival,” Blige said in a statement about the honor. “Through it all, I always came back in one way or another to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way right now, with the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and I am truly grateful.” humiliated by.”