Grammy-winning soul singer Mary J. Blige — who has earned crucial acclaim and award nominations for her performing debut in final 12 months’s “Mudbound” — celebrated her 47th birthday Thursday by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I am so grateful, and I say that with confidence and not arrogance,” she advised the gang gathered for the star unveiling ceremony.
“I know my work and I understand what this means.”
Blige — the self-proclaimed “queen of hip-hop soul” who’s finest identified for hits resembling “No More Drama” and “Reminisce” — is a nine-time Grammy winner with tens of tens of millions of data bought worldwide.
She earned a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award nod — and is producing Oscars buzz — for her magnetic flip as Florence Jackson, a stoic housewife in Dee Rees’s civil rights drama “Mudbound.”
“Dee Rees called me and gave me a job and put my life back in motion with ‘Mudbound,’” Blige stated.
“Dee, I want to thank you for calling me. I don’t think you understand what you did… You really really helped save my life,” the New York native added.
“‘Mudbound’ opened up doors and gave me strength that I didn’t even know I had.”
Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who helped launch Blige’s profession and produced most of her first album, was available to congratulate her.
“We would just dream — we were saying… ‘We want to be somebody, we want to be big,’” Combs stated. “And we did that. Singing.”
Blige gushed about Combs, saying he helped preserve her going within the arduous instances.
“I love this man so much,” she advised the gang.