After being nominated at the 2018 Golden Globes for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for her contributions starring as Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ Mudbound, Mary J. Blige continued to earn her very own Hollywood star.
The nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist celebrated her 47th birthday in style Thursday (Jan. 11), as she received the honor of her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Diddy, music executive and producer Jimmy Iovine and a coterie of luminaries from the entertainment industry attended the unveiling.
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“Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility to help others who are going through the same thing,” Diddy said (via Variety). “Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of lives. Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of broken hearts.”
Blige was emotional accepting the honor.
“I loved to sing, it set me free from all of the negativity and all of the confusion happening outside of our home,” the singer said.
“God gave me the strength to keep steppin’ and keep my head up regardless of what anybody thought about me, regardless of what anybody said about me,” she continued. “I see myself clear and it’s not all pretty, but I accept the beautiful mess that I am because it’s an imperfect me, still learning, still growing, still Mary though.”
Mary J. Blige has won nine Grammys and received 31 nominations over her decades-long career, and was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the Netflix original film Mudbound.