Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971, in The Bronx, New York. In 1989, Blige released her first album, What’s The 411?, in 1992, and has released 13 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks. As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. In 2017, The magazine also lists her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the most successful R&B 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. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Called the “Queen of hip-hop soul”, Blige is credited with influencing the musical marriage of hip hop and R&B and Mary’s “duets with the Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man and Ghostface Killah set the trend for collaborations between rappers and R&B songbirds like Mariah Carey. Blige is also the only artist to have won Grammys in the R&B, hip hop, pop, and gospel fields.