"When life is real, it's not going to be smooth."

  • Born Mary Jane Blige Jan. 11, 1971, in the Bronx, New York.
  • Mary J. Blige stepped into the spotlight with her 1992 debut album, What's The 411, which gave her a Top 10 hit with "Real Love." Blige had success with her next No. 7 album, My Life, which featured the hits "I'm Going Down," "Mary Jane," "I Love You," and the title track, which became a signature song for Blige.
  • Blige won her first career GRAMMY for 1995 for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By," a collaboration with Method Man. She won her first solo GRAMMY for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for 2002 for "He Think I Don't Know" from her album, Dance For Me. At the 39th GRAMMY Awards in 1997, Blige made her GRAMMY stage debut as part of a "Waiting To Exhale" medley with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, CeCe Winans, and Brandy.    
  • Blige was discovered when an amateur recording of Anita Baker's "Caught Up In The Rapture" that Blige made in a mall recording booth made its way to a record label executive who promptly signed her to a contract.
  • Blige participated in an installment of GRAMMY U SoundChecks, which featured a discussion and answer session along with a live performance for students.
  • In 2007 Blige established the Mary J. Blige Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now to provide women with access, education and support to achieve success in life.

 

Mary J. Blige

"When life is real, it's not going to be smooth."

  • Born Mary Jane Blige Jan. 11, 1971, in the Bronx, New York.
  • Mary J. Blige stepped into the spotlight with her 1992 debut album, What's The 411, which gave her a Top 10 hit with "Real Love." Blige had success with her next No. 7 album, My Life, which featured the hits "I'm Going Down," "Mary Jane," "I Love You," and the title track, which became a signature song for Blige.
  • Blige won her first career GRAMMY for 1995 for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By," a collaboration with Method Man. She won her first solo GRAMMY for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for 2002 for "He Think I Don't Know" from her album, Dance For Me. At the 39th GRAMMY Awards in 1997, Blige made her GRAMMY stage debut as part of a "Waiting To Exhale" medley with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, CeCe Winans, and Brandy.    
  • Blige was discovered when an amateur recording of Anita Baker's "Caught Up In The Rapture" that Blige made in a mall recording booth made its way to a record label executive who promptly signed her to a contract.
  • Blige participated in an installment of GRAMMY U SoundChecks, which featured a discussion and answer session along with a live performance for students.
  • In 2007 Blige established the Mary J. Blige Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now to provide women with access, education and support to achieve success in life.

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Mary J. Blige

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Nominations
Best Dance Recording
F For You
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Now Or Never
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Ifuleave
 
Wins
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Growing Pains
 
Wins
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Disrespectful
Best Gospel Performance
Never Gonna Break My Faith
Nominations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Just Fine
 
Wins
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Be Without You
Best R&B Song
Be Without You
Best R&B Album
The Breakthrough
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Be Without You
Song Of The Year
Be Without You
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
One
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Love Changes
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
I Found My Everything
 
Wins
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Whenever I Say Your Name
Nominations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Ooh!
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Love & Life
 
Wins
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
He Think I Don't Know
 
Nominations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Family Affair
Best R&B Album
No More Drama
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
911 (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
All That I Can Say (Track)
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Don't Waste Your Time (Track)
Best R&B Album
Mary (Album)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Lean On Me (Track)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Album
Share My World (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Not Gon' Cry (Track)
 
Wins
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By
Nominations
Best R&B Album
My Life (Album)

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