Over two decades in the music scene, sold over 40 million records, racked up nine Grammy Awards,
ten Billboard Music Award many other awards and accolades and still blazing hot, music icon Mary J Blige aka “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, most definitely deserves her flowers and yes, she’s getting it!
In honor of her distinguished contribution to the global music scene, Mary J. Blige will receive the Billboard Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
Blige, 51, who will take the stage and perform some of her greatest hits will join a roster of musical greats, such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey, as an awardee of the prestigious award since its inception in 2011.
“My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses, and now even my own music festival,” Blige said in a statement. “Through it all, I always, one way or another, gravitated back to my first love—music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by.”
The prolific American singer-songwriter and actress kicked off her career as a background singer in the late 1980s. In 1992, she fully launched her music career with her debut album, ‘What’s the 411?’ since then, she’s been established amongst the music greats on the international stage. Blige released 13 studio albums, eight of which have been honored as “multi-platinum” by the ‘Recording Industry Association of America’ (RIAA).
The Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC; it will stream live on Peacock.