Mary J. Blige

Jun
1
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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Feb
9
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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Jan
29
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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Jan
28
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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Jan
9
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.

Nov
13
Solange, Mary J. Blige, and Pharrell Honor Glamour’s Women of the Year

Solange and Mary J. Blige

It was ladies’ night as Glamour magazine honored the 2012 Women of the Year at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday. Mary J. Blige was on hand to present an award to the U.S. gold medal Olympians including Gabby Douglas.

“Had the pleasure of honoring our women Olympic gold medalists at Glamour’s Women of the Year awards tonight,” tweeted Mary.

Solange was radiant in a yellow-and-blue Derek Lam dress and Pharrell sported a mustache and bow tie as he made the red carpet rounds.

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Nov
3
Mary J. Blige Performs for Hurricane Sandy Telethon

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige lent her voice to a good cause. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed her empowering song “The Living Proof” during NBC’s “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon last night.

Before beginning, Mary shared a hopeful message in the aftermath of the storm. “My prayers go out to everyone who was affected by the hurricane,” she said. “Things are gonna get better, so please just hang in there, be strong, and have faith. And please everybody watching tonight, give something, anything. Every penny counts.”

Her powerful lyrics couldn’t have been more poignant in this time of need. “So stay strong, hold on ’cause you made it through … You’re the living proof,” sang Mary as images of Sandy’s destruction flashed on screen behind her.

Her star power, along with Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen, helped raise millions for relief efforts. You too can help by donating to the Red Cross.

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