All hail the queen.
Mary J. Blige was within the spot as she acquired the Icon Award on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday. Janet Jackson made a shock look to current the award to her good friend.
“Mary J. Blige represents reality. Her work has at all times given us consolation as a result of she sings me, she sings you,” mentioned Janet.
In the course of the video montage, extra of Mary’s mates and collaborators shared tributes together with H.E.R., Kiana Ledé, Ella Mai, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, and Missy Elliott.
With Diddy holding her hand, the icon herself took the stage to just accept the award in a surprising cutout costume. “I’m in a dream proper now,” she mentioned.
Mary, who has offered 75 million albums all through her profession, mirrored on her journey to changing into the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul after Andre Harrell and Diddy signed her to Uptown Data in 1991.
“It was the start of a motion. Each interior metropolis lady was recognizing their very own and will relate to every part I used to be saying,” she mentioned. “Each feminine artist that got here into the sport wished to do every part I used to be doing and nonetheless does to this present day.”
Along with thanking the late Andre Harrell, Diddy (“certainly one of my largest inspirations”), and her followers, Mary mentioned she realized her biggest present of all, self love.
“I lastly discovered that actual love and that actual love is me,” she mentioned.