Mary J. Blige

New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘A Mary Christmas’ [Album Snippets]

A Mary Christmas

Mary J. Blige has a gift for her fans this holiday season. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has unwrapped the star-studded tracklisting for her first-ever Christmas album.

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Mary J. Blige Announces Christmas Album

A Mary Christmas

It’s only July, but Mary J. Blige is getting ready for a soulful Christmas. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has announced plans for her first-ever holiday album.

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Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige Duet at Chime for Change Concert

Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez

Superstars including BeyoncĂ©, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez joined together for a good cause at the “Chime for Change: The Sound of Change Live” benefit concert at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday. In addition to performances from Bey, Rita Ora, and Iggy Azalea, J.Lo brought out Mary J. Blige to perform a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Chime for Change is a global social justice campaign founded by Gucci dedicated to raising funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s rights.

Watch the divas duet on the classic rock anthem.

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Diddy, Queen Latifah, & MC Lyte Salute Mary J. Blige at VIBE Impact Awards

Mary J. Blige was celebrated like a true queen at VIBE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Inaugural Impact Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood last night. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was surrounded by her closest friends including Diddy, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, and MC Lyte at the intimate dinner party in her honor.

“It feels great to get the Impact of the Year award. It feels amazing,” a fur-clad Mary told Rap-Up TV.

Her mentor Diddy saluted the 42-year-old R&B icon, whose debut album What’s the 411? he executive produced. “Mary is my little sister. She’s one of the reasons why I’m here,” said Puff.

Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte also acknowledged Mary’s instrumental role in blending hip-hop and R&B. “The first music of its kind to mix hip-hop and R&B… It meant everything. It was extremely impactful.”

Big Sean, Bridget Kelly, Babyface, Andre Harrell, and Wayne Brady also came out to toast MJB, while Nick Cannon DJ’d the after-party.

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Mary J. Blige Attends ‘Betty & Coretta’ Premiere, Visits ’106 & Park’

Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett

Mary J. Blige was back in the spotlight, but this time as an actress. The 42-year-old singer celebrated with her castmates at the premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie “Betty & Coretta” on Monday night. Looking classy in white, she posed with her co-stars Angela Bassett and Ruby Dee on the red carpet.

In addition to her role as executive producer, Mary plays Dr. Betty Shabazz, civil rights advocate and the wife of Malcolm X, while Bassett portrays Coretta Scott King in the film.

Earlier in the day, MJB stopped by “106 & Park” to promote the movie and speak about her low-key birthday celebration, her three favorite records, and starring role.

“It was challenging. Being No. 1 is a lot of work,” said Mary, who is in the studio working on new music with Jermaine Dupri. “I had to try to [portray] this woman, who was already living and already very important. I couldn’t fail her. I had to give her everything. But it was hard.”

See how Mary did when “Betty & Coretta” premieres February 2 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

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Miley Cyrus Collaborates with Mary J. Blige and Tyler, the Creator

Pharrell, Miley Cyrus, and Tyler, the Creator

Miley Cyrus is calling on a couple odd collaborators for what she calls her “biggest album” yet. The former Disney star has enlisted Tyler, the Creator for a new song she penned with Mary J. Blige.

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Mary J. Blige Stars as Betty Shabazz in ‘Betty & Coretta’

Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige starred in last year’s musical Rock of Ages, and now she’s stepping into an entirely new role. The Grammy-winning singer plays Dr. Betty Shabazz, civil rights advocate and the wife of Malcolm X, in the Lifetime Original Movie “Betty & Coretta,” which she also executive produced.

The film centers on the real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Angela Bassett) and Shabazz as they form an unbreakable life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations.

Mary drew inspiration from Shabazz’ strength. “If Betty had not moved forward, Malcolm X would have died and that would have been it,” she told Los Angeles Confidential. “I didn’t even realize that she and Coretta had been friends. Women never get a chance to have their stories told when there are important men involved. That’s what drew me to the part.”

“Betty & Coretta” premieres Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.