Mary J. Blige Made Heartbreaking Confession As She Turns 50 Years: ‘I Just Cried Like a Baby’



Mary Jane Blige is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1991 when she was signed to Uptown Records.She went on to release 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales. Blige has sold 50 million albums in the United States and 80 million records worldwide. 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”. 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.

In 1992, Blige released her debut album, What’s the 411? Her 1994 album My Life is among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Albums. She received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years.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.In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music” list.

Blige was born January 11, 1971, in New York, in the borough of the Bronx, but spent her early childhood in Savannah, Georgia She and her family subsequently moved back to New York and resided in the Schlobohm Housing Projects, located in Yonkers, New York. She was born to mother Cora, a nurse, and father Thomas Blige, a jazz musician. She is the second of three children. 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. The family subsisted on her mother’s earnings as a nurse after her father left the family in the mid-1970s,[16] the former an alcoholic and the latter a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.Blige spent her early years in Richmond Hill, Georgia, where she sang in a Pentecostal church.

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