Mary J. Blige

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Full name: Mary Jane Blige - Born In: Bronx, New York, USA

Spouse: Kendu Isaacs (7 December 2003 - present)

Annotation last modified on 2009-01-18 10:38 UTC.

Also performs as: Brook (Mary J. Blige's rapper alter-ego)

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Mary Jane Blige (/ˈblaɪʒ/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What's the 411?, in 1992, and has released 11 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.

A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, eight of Blige's albums have reached multi-platinum status in the United States. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe. For her part in combining hip-hop and soul in the early-1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from music publishing company ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that "[Blige's] music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph." Blige made Time magazine's "Time 100" list of influential individuals around the world in 2007.

As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. The magazine also lists her 2006 song "Be Without You" as the top R&B song of the 2000s, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Moreover, she is ranked number 100 on the list of "100 greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in "The 100 Greatest Women in Music."

Blige also earned high remarks for her work in film. She starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages (2012). She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her musical contribution to the film The Help. She was originally named to play music icon Nina Simone in the 2013 biopic Nina. In partnership with the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and Carol's Daughter, Blige released her "My Life" perfume. The perfume broke HSN records by selling 65,000 bottles during its premiere. The scent went on to win two FiFi Awards, including the "Fragrance Sales Breakthrough" award.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 What’s the 411? Mary J. Blige 4
1994 My Life Mary J. Blige 2
1997 Share My World Mary J. Blige 3
1999 Mary Mary J. Blige 3
2001 No More Drama Mary J. Blige 8
2003 Love & Life Mary J. Blige 5
2005 The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige 3
2007 Growing Pains Mary J. Blige 4
2009 Stronger With Each Tear Mary J. Blige 5 4
2011 My Life 2 Mary J. Blige 3
2013 A Mary Christmas Mary J. Blige 2
2014 The London Sessions Mary J. Blige 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Mary J. Blige & Friends Mary J. Blige 1
2006 Reflections (A Retrospective) Mary J. Blige 2
Ballads Mary J. Blige 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Tour Mary J. Blige 1
2005 My Collection of Love Songs Mary J. Blige 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 What's the 411? Remix Mary J. Blige 1
2002 Dance for Me Mary J. Blige 1
2006 Tapemasters Inc - Mary J. Blige: Reflections (The Remixes) Mary J. Blige & Tapemasters Inc. 1
2008 Soul Is Forever: The Remix Album Mary J. Blige 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Real Love Mary J. Blige 1
1992 Reminisce Mary J. Blige 3 2
1994 Be Happy Mary J. Blige 1
1995 I'm Goin' Down Mary J. Blige 1
1995 (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman Mary J. Blige 1
1995 Mary Jane (All Night Long) Mary J. Blige 2
1996 Not Gon' Cry Mary J. Blige 1
1997 Missing You Mary J. Blige 1
1997 Everything Mary J. Blige 3
1997 Love Is All We Need Mary J. Blige 1
1999 As George Michael & Mary J. Blige 4
2000 Deep Inside, Part 2 Mary J. Blige 1
2000 911 Wyclef Jean feat. Mary J. Blige 3
2001 Family Affair Mary J. Blige 3
2001 Family Affair Mary J. Blige 1
2003 Whenever I Say Your Name Sting & Mary J. Blige 1
2005 Be Without You Mary J. Blige 2
2006 MJB Da MVP Mary J. Blige 1
2006 One Mary J. Blige & U2 3
2007 Just Fine Mary J. Blige 2
2009 Remember Me T.I. feat. Mary J. Blige 1
2009 I Am Mary J. Blige 1
2014 F for You Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige 1
2014 Stay With Me Sam Smith feat. Mary J. Blige 1
You Remind Me Mary J. Blige 1

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