Mary J. Blige

A powerful voice backed by heartfelt lyrics and a no-nonsense attitude, Mary J. Blige deservedly earned her title as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. With legendary music producer Sean "Puffy" Combs mentoring her early ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1971 in Yonkers, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (169)

A Very Grammy Christms 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Guys Choice 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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The 2014 American Music Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Too Darn Hot Party 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Michael Bublé's 3rd Annual Christmas Special 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Betty and Coretta 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Nativity 2013 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Champs 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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A Home for The Holidays with Martina McBride 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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American Idol 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

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Black Girls Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Countdown to the American Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Dancing With the Stars 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

Justice (Actor)

The 2011 American Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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The Voice 2012 (Tv Show)

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VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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WWE Tribute to the Troops 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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BET Awards '11 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection 2011 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

The Marriage Ref 2011 (Tv Show)

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United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Puppet Performer

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2009 (Tv Show)

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Fashion Rocks 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

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Top 40 Videos of 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

BET Awards '08 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Ellen's Really Big Show 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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My Night at the Grammys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The VH1 Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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VH1 Storytellers: Mary J. Blige 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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America's Next Top Model 2007 (Tv Show)

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Entourage 2007 (Tv Show)

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The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 49th Annual Grammy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The Ghost Whisperer 2007 (Tv Show)

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25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 2005 Radio Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 7th Annual Home for the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Fashion Rocks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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NFL Opening Kickoff 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Fade to Black 2004 (Movie)

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Michael Jackson Number Ones 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Music 101: The Green Room 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Sting: Sacred Love 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Tupac: Resurrection MTV Movie Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 2003 Essence Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Mary J. Blige 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Testimony 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Radio Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Women Rock! Girls & Guitars 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Access Granted: Mary J. 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Making the Super Bowl Half-Time Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sean "Puffy" Combs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

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Super Bowl XXXV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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24 Hours With Mary J. Blige 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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49th NBA All-Star Game 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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BTM2 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Grammy Countdown 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The BET 20th Anniversary Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Eric Clapton and Friends: Crosswinds Concert 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Gangstresses 1999 (Movie)

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MTV Unplugged 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Moesha 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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New York Undercover 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Jamie Foxx Show 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Songs & Visions 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Disney's Spring Break Blast 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Family Night (TV Show)

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Opening Act (Tv Show)

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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

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Music (46)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

("Vegas Nights") (Song)

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

("A Night To Remember") (Song Performer)

Black Nativity 2013 (Movie)

("Rise Up Shepherd And Follow") (Song Performer)

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

("This Christmas") (Song Performer)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

("Harden My Heart") (Song Performer)

The Invisible War 2012 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

("The Living Proof") (Song Performer)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

("The Living Proof") (Song)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

("Stronger") (Song Performer)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

("Stronger") (Song)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

("I Can See In Color") (Song Performer)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

("I Can See In Color") (Song)

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

("I Can Do Bad") (Song)

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

("I Can Do Bad") (Song Performer)

Death Race 2008 (Movie)

("Grown Woman") (Song)

Death Race 2008 (Movie)

("Grown Woman") (Song Performer)

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Tila Tequila's New Years Eve Masquerade 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

("I Found My Everything") (Song Performer)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

("I Found My Everything") (Song)

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

("Never Gonna Break My Faith") (Song Performer)

Poseidon 2006 (Movie)

("Be Without You(Moto Blanco Vocal Mix)") (Song)

Poseidon 2006 (Movie)

("Be Without You(Moto Blanco Vocal Mix)") (Song Performer)

A Home For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

("Got To Be Real") (Song Performer)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

("Didn't Mean") (Song Performer)

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

("Didn't Mean") (Song)

Deliver Us From Eva 2003 (Movie)

("Star For Life") (Song)

Deliver Us From Eva 2003 (Movie)

("Star For Life") (Song Performer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Never Been") (Song Performer)

Super Bowl XXXVI 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("Family Affair") (Song)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("Family Affair") (Song Performer)

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

("Flashlight/ One Nation Under a Groove/ Atomic Dog") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("All I Need" "Sweet Thing") (Song Performer)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

("Beautiful") (Song Performer)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Sunchaser 1996 (Movie)

("Real Love") (Song Performer)

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

("You Don't Have to Worry") (Song Performer)

Biography

A powerful voice backed by heartfelt lyrics and a no-nonsense attitude, Mary J. Blige deservedly earned her title as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. With legendary music producer Sean "Puffy" Combs mentoring her early career, Blige blazed to the top of the pop and R&B charts with her debut album What's the 411? (1992), which yielded the hit singles "Real Love" and "Sweet Thing." The Grammy Award-winning vocalist blended her gritty, urban roots with the sophistication and grace of soulful belters like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Not one to shy away from exposing her dark past, including a history of addiction and physical abuse, Blige sang about her pain and encouraged millions to face their own harsh realities with her platinum-selling albums such as No More Drama (2001) and The Breakthrough (2005). Blige's critically acclaimed albums were filled with poignant messages of life, love and self-acceptance, with each song delivered with passion and power, all of which contributed to her success as one of the greatest vocalists of her generation.

Relationships

Kendu Isaacs Executive Producer

Husband

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"

2009

Played supporting role in Tyler Perry’s "I Can Do Bad All By Myself"

2005

Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 with The Breakthrough

2001

Made feature film debut in "Prison Song"

2001

Scored first No. 1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 with the hip-hop jam "Family Affair" from No More Drama

1999

Veered into adult contemporary and inspirational music with Mary

1998

Made TV acting debut with guest role on "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB)

1996

Contributed the ballad "Not Gon’ Cry" for the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack

1994

Released multi-platinum selling album My Life

1992

Released debut album What’s the 411?, featuring her first Top 10 hit "Real Love"

1990

Sang background vocals for Father MC track "I’ll Do 4 U"

At 17, recorded her first demo, a cover of Anita Baker’s "Caught Up in the Rapture" (1986), at a shopping mall in White Plains, NY; signed by Uptown Records president and CEO Andre Harrell

Bonus Trivia

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Blige's music video for "No More Drama" was filmed on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in NYC.

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