Mary J Blige To Receive The Billboard Icon Award
Written by Rika C on April 14, 2022
Here’s some great news to kick off your Thursday! Music legend Mary J. Blige will be honored with the Icon Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards!
That’s right. It was announced this morning. The ICON Award recognizes entertainers who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and have made a lasting mark on the music industry. Blige who has 10 BBMA wins in total, will join the elite class of honorees including Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.
Ahead of the exciting night, Blige told Billboard: “My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses, and now even my own music festival,” Blige said. “Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled,” the outlet quotes.
Now, although this will be her first honorary award with Billboard, she has received many honors in the past. Back in 2019, Miss Blige took home the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards. In 2021, the Bronx native and nine-time Grammy award-winning artist was honored at the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame.