June 26, 2022

Mary J. Blige to get Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards

Mary J. Blige will obtain a particular honor on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMA). NBC introduced on Thursday that the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul won’t solely obtain the distinguished Icon Award throughout the ceremony but additionally take the stage to carry out.

Blige has earned the Icon Award in recognition of her glorious achievement on the Billboard charts and her mark on music all through her profession. She’s gained 10 BBMAs — 9 in 2006 — stemming from her smash album The Breakthrough. Among the awards she took residence that yr embody R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the 12 months, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the 12 months, and R&B/Hip-Hop Music of the 12 months for “Be With out You.”

Mary J Blige Credit score: Will Sterling

“My profession has been such an unimaginable and sudden journey that has included many turns into avenues I by no means might have imagined like performing, producing, launching companies, and now even my very own music pageant,” Blige stated in an announcement. “By way of all of it, I at all times a method or one other gravitated again to my old flame, music. To be acknowledged on this manner at this second, with the Icon Award on the Billboard Music Awards, is an unimaginable honor and one which I’m really humbled by.”

Alongside along with her 10 BBMA wins, Blige has had large success on the Billboard charts since her 1992 solo debut, What’s The 411.

She’s had 23 High 10 Billboard R&B singles, together with 5 no. 1’s; “You Remind Me,” “Actual Love,” “Not Gon’ Cry,” “Household Affair,” and “Be With out You.” All however one among her studio albums have peaked within the High 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. 4 of these albums reached #1 — Share My World, Love & Life, The Breakthrough, and Rising Pains.

Blige turns into the eleventh recipient of the BBMA Icon Award because it was first launched in 2011. Previous winners embody Neil Diamond, Stevie Surprise, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, and P!NK.

The 2022 BBMAs will air reside on NBC on Sunday, April 15, 8 p.m.. EST from the MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas.

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