It was extra-special as Blige was honoured with the star on her 47th birthday. She's received 31 Grammy nominations over the course of her 25-year career. Yesterday, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Blige's second album, "My Life", released in 1994, featured the hits "I'm Going Down", "Mary Jane", "I Love You", and the title track, which became a signature song for her. "I'm so grateful for this star right now, because I've earned it probably three times".
DEL BARCO: Blige thanked those who stuck by her through hard times, including her divorce, which she chronicled in her most recent album "Strength Of A Woman". "I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means". On hand were family, close friends and peers including former Uptown Records President Andre Harrell and frequent collaborator ￼Sean "Diddy" Combs. BET executive Debra Lee was among those present, "It was important for me to be here because I love Mary J. Blige". Regardless of who hated me or who didn't. He told about the first time he listened to a tape recording of her.
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SEAN COMBS: We been through a whole lot. "Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility for those going through the same thing", Combs said. "I used to pick Mary up in the projects and drive on the highways of NY and just dream". We wanna be big something for our people.
Fans from various parts of the nation, including Oakland, California and Chicago, Illinois came specifically to support Blige, their favorite singer, as she shared her world in the California sunshine.