Mary J. Blige To Be Presented Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star By Puff Daddy
Thirty years ago, Mary J. Blige recorded an Anita Baker cover at a kiosk in a Westchester, New York mall. From that teenager’s rendition of “Caught Up In The Rapture” (which would get her signed by Uptown Records), the Bronx native has taken her talents to the Walk Of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. On January 11 (Blige’s birthday), the “Real Love” creator will make it a “Family Affair” when her longtime producer and friend Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs presents her with the star.
Since 1993, M.J.B. has released 13 albums, in addition to compilations and EPs. She has four #1 LPs while the Dr. Dre-produced “Family Affair” topped the charts as a single. In addition to her phenomenal voice and deeply personal songwriting, Mary helped merge R&B and Hip-Hop during pivotal years in both genres. She collaborated with the likes of Method Man, Smif-n-Wessun, and Grand Puba in addition to work with JAY-Z, Ludacris, Nas, and Lil’ Kim. She has won nine Grammy Awards, including one with M-E-T-H-O-D.
Puffy produced some of Blige’s most beloved work at Uptown, where they worked together—and later at MCA. He has remained closely tied to the singer after launching his Bad Boy imprint, into the 2010s. He produced a popular remix rendition of “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get To Get By.”
Last year, Mary released Strength Of A Woman. The album features Missy Elliott, KAYTRANADA, and Migos’ Quavo.