Singer Mary J. Blige gets Hollywood star

Singer Mary J. Blige gets Hollywood star”

On her 47th birthday, Mary J. Blige was presented with a long-awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who helped launch Blige's career and produced most of her first album, was on hand to congratulate her.

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 Harrell, then the president and CEO of the hip-hop and rhythm-and-blues label Uptown Records, who promptly signed her to a contract. Blige took time to honour her Mudbound director Dee Rees as she accepted her latest honour, claiming the filmmaker helped rescue her from a dark period as her marriage fell apart.

"We have been through a whole lot".

Blige attends a ceremony where she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California January 11, 2018. We started from nothing. She's received 31 Grammy nominations over the course of her 25-year career.

"Dee, I want to thank you for calling me".

Blige continued by saying that her statement was with confidence and not arrogance, simply because she knows her worth and what this moment means to her.

Throughout her career, Blige has had a continuous stream of musical successes.

Blige began her acting career in 1998 with an appearance on The WB comedy, "The Jamie Foxx Show". Blige's star is the 2,626th star on the Walk of Fame since its completion in 1961. She would follow that success with albums "My Life" (1994), "Mary" (1999), "No More Drama" (2001), and many others.

"Dee Rees called me and gave me a job and put my life back in motion with 'Mudbound, '" Blige said. She was a single parent mother, very, very small and she raised us on her own. "I just want to thank God for my mother right now".

"There were times when I didn't want to step outside my house because I had been hurt so bad", she told the crowd during her acceptance speech.

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