Mary J. Blige

Nov
18
Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, & CeeLo Green Welcome Christmas at The Grove

Mary J. Blige

It was far from a silent night at The Grove in L.A. Some of R&B’s biggest stars kicked off the holiday season at the shopping center’s 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday. The festive evening featured performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, CeeLo Green, Jewel, Il Volo, and more.

After appearing on HSN earlier in the day, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul spread some cheer while singing songs off her holiday album A Mary Christmas. At one point, she flubbed the lyrics to “My Favorite Things” and stopped midway before returning to the stage to redo the performance.

Toni Braxton and Babyface teamed up for their sultry duet on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

CeeLo Green, dressed for summer in a white tee and shorts, rocked around the 100-foot Christmas tree with seasonal tunes including “This Christmas.”

The evening capped off with a fireworks spectacular. The performances will air at a later date on a local L.A. station.

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Nov
4
Video: Mary J. Blige – ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’

Mary J. Blige

Now that Halloween is over, Mary J. Blige is getting into the full swing of the holidays. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul spreads some Christmas cheer with the video for her remake of Judy Garland’s classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

In the simple yet chic clip, directed by Markus Klinko and Indrani, snow falls to the ground as she sings the soulful song surrounded by presents.

Her first holiday album A Mary Christmas is now available featuring duets with Jessie J, Barbra Streisand, Marc Anthony, and more.

“I was definitely not trying to make hip-hop soul Christmas songs or some club music Christmas songs,” Mary told ESSENCE. “I’m just like everyone else, I don’t like when people take the nostalgia out of the classics. I didn’t want to mess up. So I just gave you my version of the Christmas songs.”

Unwrap MJB’s early Christmas gift below.

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Oct
23
Mary J. Blige Sings National Anthem at World Series

Mary J. Blige

Before the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox kicked off Game 1 of the World Series, Mary J. Blige took the field to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Boston’s Fenway Park. Emotions ran high as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul delivered a stirring rendition of the patriotic tune as jets flew overhead.

She also performed the national anthem before Game 6 of the 2009 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Her holiday album, A Mary Christmas, made its debut on the Billboard 200 this week.

Did MJB knock it out of the park? Watch her performance below.

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Oct
7
New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’

Mary J. Blige

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. Although it’s only October, Mary J. Blige gets a jump start on the holiday season with her subtle rendition of Judy Garland’s standard “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

The song can be found on her first-ever Christmas collection A Mary Christmas, due Oct. 15. In addition to her Christmas covers, she duets with Barbra Streisand, Jessie J, and Marc Anthony.

Find a fireplace and cozy up to Mary’s holiday tune.

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Sep
19
New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘This Christmas’

A Mary Christmas

Christmas comes early. It’s only September, but Mary J. Blige spreads some holiday cheer with her soulful cover of Donny Hathaway’s classic “This Christmas,” the first release from her Christmas album A Mary Christmas.

If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you can download the song now.

The seasonal set, executive produced by David Foster, arrives Oct. 15 featuring remakes of classic holiday tunes, plus collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Jessie J, The Clark Sisters, and Marc Anthony.

Unwrap MJB’s early Christmas gift below.

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Sep
17
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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Jul
25
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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