Mary broke the Internet
Mary J Blige at 51 gave such an iconic performance during Super Bowl LVI that she has gone viral across the Internet. In a male-dominated genre, she has held her own and according to Today, she says she has always been respected by her male counterparts. Blige shared the spotlight along with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar. Everything from her voice, her moves, her outfit, fantastic thighs, beautiful hair, and youthful good looks have been praised by fans, celebrities, and other hip-hop artists alike. There have been complaints about the other performers in the half-time show being vulgar and using occult images but not one negative word about Ms. Blige. This truly was her time to shine and she shown brightly.
Grace and style from a tough beginning
Mary's hairstylist Tim Wallace gave an interview with Vogue detailing how he styled the 40 inches of tresses and colored it just right for the 100 million viewers who were watching. Blige wowed the crowd by singing “Family Affair” and poured her heart and soul into "a raw rendition: of “No More Drama.” The songstress has paid her dues to get where she is and overcome the odds that were against her. The entertainer was born Mary Jane Blige on January 11, 1971, in the Bronx but grew up in Georgia. Her family later moved back to New York and her father Thomas Blige left the family due to PTSD from the Vietnam War. Mary was molested at the age of 5 by a family friend and was sexually harassed by her peers when she was a teenager. This led to sexual promiscuity, and substance abuse in order to numb the pain. In 2002 during an interview with The Guardian, she spoke of being in an abusive relationship that turned violent. It was well known that she had dated K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci for 12 years and assumed that he was the abuser.In her documentary, Mary J Blige's My Life the entertainer said the following: “I’ve had to physically fight for my life a lot, because, just like my mom, I’m a fighter,” she admitted. “My mom had to suffer a lot of physical abuse as well, so as a little girl I saw her, this little woman, fighting. So when it all started to happen to me, all I could think about was my mom.”
Honors and Accolades
In addition to being a singer and songwriter, Blige is also an actress. She has been dubbed the Queen of Hip Hop and Soul and has numerous awards to her credit. She has nine Grammy's four American Music Awards, and ten Billboard Awards. She has been nominated and two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. She received one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound in 2017 and another for the movie's original song "Mighty River. Blige became the first person nominated for both acting and songwriting in the same year. Her career began in 1991 when she signed with Uptown Records and in 1992, she released her debut album, What's the 411 which is credited for introducing the mix of R&B and hip hop into mainstream pop culture. The 1993 remix became the first album by a singer to have a rapper on every song, thus popularizing rap as a featured act. What's the 411? and her 1994 album My Life are featured on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. All 14 of Mary's studio albums have reached the top ten on Billboard's top 200 charts. She has. also made a successful transition to both television and movie screens, with supporting roles in Prison Song (2001), Rock of Ages (2012) and Betty and Cornelia and Black Nativity, in 2013. Mudbound in 2017, Body Cam (2020), The Violent Heart (2021) and co-starring in Respect in 2021. In 2019, Blige starred as Cha-Cha on the first season of the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy and currently stars as Monet Tejada in Power Book II Ghost.
Looking to the future
On December 7, 2003, Blige married her manager, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs, but they divorced in 2018 citing irreconcilable differences. Mary has spoken openly about her years of dealing with domestic abuse, along with drug and alcohol abuse. She credits becoming a Christian and staying in the word with keeping her clean and sober. Blige did an interview where she addressed the backlash from those who said the half-time show was too raunchy for a family venue. She said she does not pay attention to any of that because Hip Hop is here to stay. Blige will soon go on tour to promote her new album Good Morning Gorgeous which was released on February 11.
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