Mary J. Blige

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Mary Jane Blige
  • Birth Place: Bronx, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/11/1971, Capricorn
  • Profession: Singer; actor
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Mary J. Blige Fast Facts:
  • Dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, but eventually earned her GED.
  • Her demo tape was a karaoke-type recording of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" that she made at a mall when she was 17. It wound up in the hands of Uptown Records exec Andre Harrell, who signed her.
  • Sean Combs was her musical mentor, helping to produce her 1992 debut album, What's the 411?, and its follow-up, 1994's My Life.
  • What's the 411? sold more than two million copies and helped establish what was then termed "New Jack Swing" (a blend of soul and hip-hop).
  • Made her acting debut in a 1998 episode of The Jamie Foxx Show.
  • In 2004, appeared in the off-Broadway play The Exonerated.
  • Started her own record label, Matriarch Records.
  • Mary J. Blige Relationships:
  • K-Ci - Ex-significant Other
  • Kendu Isaacs - Husband
  • Cora Blige - Mother
  • LaTonya Blige Dacosta - Sister
  • Laura Bell - Aunt
  • Thomas Blige - Father
  • Mary J. Blige Awards:
  • 2008 Grammy: Best Contemporary R&B Album - Winner
  • 2006 Grammy: Best R&B Album - Winner
  • 2003 Grammy: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • 1995 Grammy: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - Winner
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2006 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Gospel Performance - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 2006 Grammy: Best R&B Song - Winner
  • 2012 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee

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