Mary J Blige received a pretty decent birthday present on Wednesday! Mary received her own star on Hollywood’s walk of fame!
Definitely not a bad way to start her 47th year! The actress and singer has been through a whirlwind of ups and downs with her marriage of 12 years ending in a volatile divorce. Receiving a hollywood star seemed to definitely help Mary’s spirits as she was all smiles on the red carpet!
Mary was sporting a clean cut all-black pantsuit as she received her star. She gave a pretty stellar acceptance speech as well!
Her friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs was there to introduce her on stage. P. Diddy also let the world know via Twitter how proud he was of Mary, “So proud of @maryjblige!!!” The two have known each other since 1992 when Diddy produced her debut album “What’s the 411?”
“What’s the 411?” was the start of a solid music career. She produced 12 more albums and has received 9 Grammy awards as well as 31 nominations.
Mary is definitely multi-talented! She received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday at the Golden Globes for her role in “Mudbound”. Now, just a few days later, she has received the coveted star for her work in the recording industry!
“Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk.” Ann Martinez, the producer for the Walk of Fame ceremonies, told Variety. Mary is being considered as one of the most popular singers of our generation and rightly so!
Mary had her friends rallying in support at the ceremony. Among those who showed were Tyrese, Jimmy Lovine, and Jimmy Jam. Tyrese had his pearly whites all aglow as he captured the moment for Mary.
The actress/singer continued her birthday celebrations as she attended the 2018 Critics Choice awards. She had enough time to share a sweet moment with family and friends with a beautiful birthday cake to boot!
At the 2018 Critics Choice Awards she was nominated a second time for her role in “Mudbound”. Let’s just say she has definitely risen above and to the stars at that from her less than desirable situation in marriage land!
We think Mary J. Blige is leaps and bounds beyond the con of a man she was married to for 12 years. It looks like the singer is reaping what she has sown over the last decades with plenty of awards, nominations, and stellar support from friends and family. We think she has only up to go from here!
Mary told The Telegraph, “This is the best time in my life. I’m becoming freer, I’m accepting the things I can’t change and I’m not going to apologise for who I am. In my twenties, I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. I didn’t like the way I looked, I didn’t like me, and always played myself short to make everybody else happy.”
In the interview with The Telegraph, Mary shared some good old fashion advice,“Because we don’t love ourselves enough, we hang out with the wrong people, we go out with the wrong guys. We don’t believe that we deserve better…Change the things you can change, accept the things you can’t, and get to a point where you’re satisfied with yourself.”
On top of all the awards and recognitions Mary is swimming in right now, she is joining the forces of those speaking out against sexual harassment in the film industry. When asked about the music industry, Mary replied, “They hate strong and independent women. I never slept with anyone to get where I am, but they were after me to do that. I fought hard over that.” And how is it different from today? She replied with, “It’s definitely got worse.”
We’re happy to see Mary J. Blige shining on and off the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She deserves it after all the battles and holding of standards she has undergone throughout her music career! Happy Birthday, Mary!