Mary J. Blige’s Road to the BET Awards

June 22, 2011
The Voice

1992 Until...

We all know the Queen of hip hop and soul as the strong, sultry voice of triumph over hard times. As she gave voice to many of hip hop's tightest beats, her strength gave young girls in the hood hope that they too could make it big, or just make it. Let's take a look back at Mary's road to the 2011 BET Awards.

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Melodies by MJB

September 10, 2010

Mary J. Blige's shades are almost as iconic as her voice. It only made sense that during Fashion Night Out Bergdorf Goodman would debut her new collection of stunners, Melodies by MJB. The sunglasses collection features four styles in 20 different color options.

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A Printed Culmination

October, 2010

Mary J. Blige covers the October 2010 issue of Gotham magazine. Her beauty and poise are apparent on the cover, but her no-holds-barred interview inside is what had the publication flying off the newsstand. (Photo:

Uncontested Queen

Novemeber 18, 2010

Billboard names the 10-time Grammy winner as the most successful female R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years. Consider it a coronation.

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Someone to Remix Me

January 4, 2011

Mary debuts a remixed version of Diddy Dirty Money's "Someone to Love Me" during the Angie Martinez Show on New York's Hot 97 FM. The remix is titled "Someone to Love Me (Naked)." Knowing that the announcement of her next album, My Life Too, the Journey Continues, would get Mary stans all revved up, she drops this remix to hold us down.

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Rock of Ages

March 2011

Always the consummate renaissance woman, Mary signs on for a role in the film Rock of Ages alongside Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Alec Baldwin. Production begins in May 2011.

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March 4, 2011

Mary's no stranger to receiving awards, but the NAACP Image Awards hold special meaning for entertainers of color. The organization is steeped in tradition and pride for the people it serves, so she's delighted to be named Outstanding Female Artist at this year's 42nd Annual event.

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Beautiful Philanthropy

May 1, 2011

Always open about the struggles she faced as a young woman, Mary links with Steve Stoute to establish a charity called FFAWN (Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now). Her 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York is a huge success, with proceeds going toward her charity.

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My Life, The Fragrance

May 26, 2011

MJB is obviously a beast on the mic, but did you know she's also a branding monster? At the prestigious Fragrance Foundation's FiFi Awards, she racks up two awards for her scent My Life, which was released through the company Carol's Daughter. With notes of fruit, woods and florals, this scent broke sales records as soon as it hit the shelves.

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Next Stop, BET Awards '11

June 26, 2011

Mary J. Blige is bringing her sultry mezzo soprano to the 2011 BET Awards stage! Will she hit us with a classic, or debut a single from her upcoming album, My Life Too, The Journey Continues? Whatever she chooses, the audience is sure to feel the real love without a limit. Don't forget to tune in on June 26 at 8P/7C, only on BET.

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