Legal name: Mary Jane Blige

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


Mary Jane Blige ( BLYZHE; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress. Often referred to as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" and "Queen of R&B", Blige has won nine Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, four American Music Awards, twelve NAACP Image Awards, and twelve Billboard Music Awards, including the Billboard Icon Award. She has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound (2017) and another for its original song "Mighty River", becoming the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.

Her career began in 1988 when she was signed to Uptown Records by its founder Andre Harrell. Blige then began background vocal work for other artists on the label such as Father MC and Jeff Redd. In 1992, Blige released her debut album, What's the 411?, which is credited for introducing the mix of R&B and hip hop into mainstream pop culture. Its 1993 remix album became the first album by a singer to have a rapper on every song, popularizing rap as a featuring act. Both What's the 411? and her 1994 album My Life are featured on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and the latter on Time magazine's All-Time 100 Albums. Throughout her career, Blige went on to release 14 studio albums, including four Billboard 200 number-one albums. Her biggest hits include "Real Love", "You Remind Me", "I'm Goin' Down", "Not Gon' Cry", "Be Without You", "Just Fine" and the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Family Affair".

Blige has also made a successful transition to both the television and movie screens, with supporting roles in films such as Prison Song (2001), Rock of Ages (2012), Betty and Coretta (2013), Black Nativity (2013), her Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated breakthrough performance as Florence Jackson in Mudbound (2017), Trolls World Tour (2020), Body Cam (2020), The Violent Heart (2021) and co-starring as jazz singer Dinah Washington in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (2021). In 2019, Blige starred as Cha-Cha on the first season of the Netflix television series The Umbrella Academy. She currently stars as Monet Tejada in the spin-off of the highly-rated TV show drama Power in Power Book II: Ghost.

She received a Legends Award at the World Music Awards in 2006, and the Voice of Music Award from ASCAP in 2007. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, Billboard magazine named her 2006 song "Be Without You" as the most successful R&B/Hip-Hop song of all time, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and over 75 weeks on the chart. VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time in 2011 and ninth in "The 100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012. Blige became a first-time nominee for the 2021 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2023, Rolling Stone ranked her as the 25th greatest singer of all-time.

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1992What’s the 411?Mary J. Blige3.57
1994My LifeMary J. Blige34
1997Share My WorldMary J. Blige36
1999MaryMary J. Blige3.54
2001No More DramaMary J. Blige412
2003Love & LifeMary J. Blige311
2005The BreakthroughMary J. Blige36
2007Growing PainsMary J. Blige34
2009Stronger With Each TearMary J. Blige56
2011My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1)Mary J. Blige39
2013A Mary ChristmasMary J. Blige2
2014The London SessionsMary J. Blige3
2017Strength of a WomanMary J. Blige4
2022Good Morning GorgeousMary J. Blige4

Album + Compilation

2000BalladsMary J. Blige1
2006Mary J. Blige & FriendsMary J. Blige1
2006Reflections: A RetrospectiveMary J. Blige33
2009No More Drama / Love & LifeMary J. Blige1
2019HERstory Vol. 1Mary J. Blige2

Album + Soundtrack

2014Think Like a Man TooMary J. Blige1

Album + Live

1998The TourMary J. Blige1
2005My Collection of Love SongsMary J. Blige1

Album + Remix

1993What's the 411? RemixMary J. Blige32
2002Dance for MeMary J. Blige1
2006Tapemasters Inc - Mary J. Blige: Reflections (The Remixes)Mary J. Blige & Tapemasters Inc.1
2008Soul Is Forever: The Remix AlbumMary J. Blige2


1992Check It OutGrand Puba feat. Mary J. Blige2
1992ReminisceMary J. Blige32
1992Real LoveMary J. Blige2
1994Be HappyMary J. Blige1
1995I'm Goin' DownMary J. Blige1
1995(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural WomanMary J. Blige2
1995Mary Jane (All Night Long)Mary J. Blige2
1996Not Gon' CryMary J. Blige1
1997Missing YouMary J. Blige1
1997EverythingMary J. Blige6
1997Love Is All We NeedMary J. Blige1
1999All That I Can SayMary J. Blige2
1999Deep InsideMary J. Blige3
1999It’s Only Rock ’n’ RollKeith Richards, Kid Rock, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Jones of Stereophonics, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelle Bryan, Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, Ozzy Osbourne, Womack & Womack, Lionel Richie, Bonnie Raitt, Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, James Brown, The Spice Girls, Mick Jagger, Robin Williams, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Skin of Skunk Anansie, Annie Lennox, Mark Owen, Natalie Imbruglia, Huey, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Dina Carroll, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, The Corrs, Steve Cradock & Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene, Ronan Keating, Ray Barretto, Herbie Hancock, Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt of Status Quo, S Club 7, Eric Idle4
1999AsGeorge Michael / Mary J. Blige4
2000Give Me YouMary J. Blige1
2000911Wyclef Jean featuring Mary J. Blige4
2000Family AffairMary J. Blige7
2001Dance for MeMary J. Blige3
2001No More DramaMary J. Blige4
2002Rainy DayzMary J Blige feat. Ja Rule1
2003Love @ 1st SightMary J. Blige feat. Method Man2
2003Not TodayMary J. Blige feat. Eve2
2003Whenever I Say Your NameSting & Mary J. Blige1
2005Be Without YouMary J. Blige4
2006MJB Da MVPMary J. Blige1
2006OneMary J. Blige & U23
2007Just FineMary J. Blige2
2008Magic TouchRobin Thicke feat. Mary J. Blige1
2009ifuleaveMusiq Soulchild feat. Mary J. Blige1
2009Remember MeT.I. feat. Mary J. Blige1
2009I AmMary J. Blige1
2010Bridge Over Troubled WaterMary J Blige & Andrea Bocelli1
2013This ChristmasMary J. Blige1
2014F for YouDisclosure feat. Mary J. Blige1
2016Thick of ItMary J. Blige1
2017U + Me (Love Lesson)Mary J. Blige1
2017Love YourselfMary J. Blige feat. Kanye West1
2018Only LoveMary J. Blige1
2019ThrivingMJB X Nas2
2019KnowMary J. Blige1
2020Feel GoodJacky Clark-Chisholm feat. Mary J. Blige1
2021AmazingMary J. Blige feat. DJ Khaled1
2021Good Morning GorgeousMary J. Blige1
2022Rent MoneyMary J. Blige feat. Dave East1
2023I LikeDiddy feat. Mary J. Blige1

Single + Soundtrack

2020Can’t Be Life (Music From the Motion Picture “Body Cam”)Mary J. Blige1
2020See What You’ve Done (from the film Belly of the Beast)Mary J. Blige1

Single + Remix

2017Love Yourself (remix)Mary J. Blige feat. A$AP Rocky1
2022Good Morning GorgeousMary J. Blige feat. H.E.R.1
You Remind MeMary J. Blige1


1995I’ll Be There for YouMethod Man feat. Mary J. Blige1
2006Remixes / Fed Up / I Love You9th Wonder / Smif N Wessun & Mary J1

Broadcast + Live

20152015-06-26: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, UKMary J. Blige1

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