Mary J. Blige to Receive Icon Award at 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Mary J. Blige will receive this year’s Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards, taking place Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
The special achievement “recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and left an indelible mark on music itself”.
Blige is now the 11th recipient of the Billboard Icon Award, joining Stevie Wonder, Prince, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey, to name a few.
Additionally, it is her second major Billboard award, winning the Icon Award at the Women in Music ceremony in 2017.
In addition to her prestigious honor, Blige will perform, presuming a medley of songs from her career.
Named by Billboard in 2010 as the most successful female R&B/hip-hop artist of the past 25 years, Blige has spent three decades breaking records and maintaining her status as the queen of R&B and hip-hop soul.
Blige had four true studio albums topping the Billboard 200, the first of which was share my worldwhich celebrates its 25th anniversary later this month.
His 2005 set, Discoveryhad the biggest impression on this chart, scanning over 727,000 in its first week of sales.
As for his first single, “To be without you,” the multi-Grammy hit produced by Bryan Michael-Cox, stormed the airwaves and charted for 15 consecutive weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, a record she held for more than seven years.
Blige, the recipient of ten Billboard awards, including nine in a single night in 2006, has become a force to be reckoned with on the adult R&B side.
She won her best ranking in 2016 with “Thick of that”, the era launch runway for 2017 The strength of a woman. Jazmine Sullivan’s assisted single resulted in the fastest climb in first place, remaining at the top for 16 straight weeks.
More recently, “Hello beauty,” the title track from his latest album, earned Blige his seventh leader on the Adult R&B chart.
Released February 11, ahead of her Super Bowl LVI performancesthe scrapbook, Hello beautybecame Blige’s 19th top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, behind Aretha Franklin as the most among women.
Blige is currently gearing up for a summer of top performances, from Roots Picnic and the Florida Funk Festival at its inaugural Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit. The latter is a sold-out three-day event over Mother’s Day weekend (May 6-8).
In March, Blige signed an agreement with Lifetime in association with its production company Blue Butterfly to produce a film inspired by his 1992 classic, “Real Love”.