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Mary J Blige honoured with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY: Blige's entertainment career spans over 20 years. (Photo credit: Maryjblige.com)

US SINGER and actress Mary J Blige will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the recording category.

The momentous unveiling ceremony will take place on 11 January at 6201 Hollywood Blvd, led by Blige’s long-time collaborator Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs will join Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler.

Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, said:

“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.”

Born in the Bronx, New York, 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 executively produced by Diddy and churned out a number of such as ‘You Remind Me’ and ‘Real Love’.

Since then, she’s released 12 additional albums, many of which have gone multi-platinum, garnering nine Grammy Award wins out of 31 nominations. Some of her most popular songs include ‘No More Drama’, ‘Family Affair’, ‘Be Without You’, ‘Not Gon’ Cry’ and ‘Just Fine’.

Aside from a sensational musical career, Blige has appeared in popular television shows including How To Get Away With Murder, The Wiz Live!, Entourage and 30 Rock.

She received her film debut in 2001's Prison Song, before landing a role in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2006), Rock of Ages (2012) and Black Nativity (2013).

The 46 year old has been gaining widespread recognition for her acting abilities, earning Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role as Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ period drama ‘Mudbound’.

Recently Blige also received a Golden Globe nod in the ‘Best original song’ category for ‘Mighty River’.

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