Mary J. Blige
Iconic GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige—a.k.a. the "Queen of R&B"—is a figure of inspiration, transformation, and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With 13 total albums including eight multi-platinum albums, nine GRAMMY Awards, Golden Globe nominations, and five American Music Awards, Blige is a global superstar. The Bronx singer/songwriter started out as a backing singer signed to Uptown Records. Her debut studio album, What's The 411?, dropped in 1992. Over the last 25 years, Blige has gained an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums—and become a true icon in every sense of the word. She's been recognized as the best performing R&B artist to date, with over 33 of her singles hitting the Billboard Hot 100. With over 30 GRAMMY nominations and two Academy Award nominations just this year, Blige is keeping her legacy alive for years to come.