Mary J. Blige is starting her New year off with a series of major wins! Recently she was honored with a Breakthrough Performance Award at the 29th Palm Springs International Film Festival for her outstanding role in the movie Mudbound that made its debut on netflix.
In addition to that, it was just recently announced that she will be receiving her first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the recording category. Her ceremony will be held on January the 11th at Hollywood Blvd. in front of Eastown.
According to Variety Sean “Diddy” Combs will be there with Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler to help unveil the star.
“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Blige got her start in music by signing with Uptown Records in 1989. At 18 years old, she was the label’s youngest and first female artist. Her debut album, “What’s the 411?,” was executive produced by Combs and spun off hits including, “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.” Since then, she’s released 12 additional albums that have garnered nine Grammy Award wins from her 31 nominations.
Her film debut was in 2001’s “Prison Song,” followed by Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” She also starred alongside Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand in 2012’s “Rock of Ages,” and appeared in 2013’s musical drama “Black Nativity.”
On the TV front, Blige has guest starred on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire,” and “30 Rock.” She also played Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on NBC’s musical “The Wiz Live!”