Mary J. Blige 'Rooting For' Adele to Win Big on Grammy Night
Mary J. Blige 'Rooting For' Adele to Win Big on Grammy Night

Sharing Her World: Mary J. Blige performing at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammys Party at Hollywood's Avalon. (Photo: Wire/Image)

HOLLYWOOD -- On Thursday night, Mary J. Blige sang with even more of a purpose than she usually does.

The Grammy-winner ran through a 10-song set at a private show at the Avalon that was streamed online via Facebook, before an audience that included industry vets like Andre Harrell and Vincent Herbert - but the purpose was to help raise funds for programs to fight HIV/AIDs in Africa (find more information on the program here).

Musician Sheila E. (aka Sheila Escovedo) laying down beats at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammys Party.

The pre-Grammy event was a celebration of (RED) teaming up with Belvedere, and before she changed out of a shimmery gold dress and slipped into an all-black performance outfit, Blige told Billboard.biz that it was her responsibility to support such an effort.

"Anything that saves lives I'm all for," she said before the hour-long performance. "More people need to be aware that [the epidemic] still exists … this is very important to team up with them."

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On a less somber note, Blige also made no qualms about who she was tossing her support behind for Sunday's big night: without question, she said, it's Adele.

Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore), Best New Artist Grammy nominee, skrillifying the crowd. (Photo: WireImage)

"I keep saying I just love Adele. I hope that she tears the house down," she said. "I'm an Adele fan. I love what she's done this year. Her album is amazing. She's amazing. And I'm just rooting for her. You really want that one person to get what they deserve. Finally."

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During her show, Blige didn't keep it subtle, as she ran through tracks like "No More Drama," "Family Affair," and "Just Fine."

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"When I said 'no more drama,' it seemed like drama started coming from everywhere," she told the standing-room only crowd.

The concert was the first in a series that RED and Belvedere will be staging. Blige told Billboard.biz that she's a big fan of intimate shows because she gets to just focus on the music, and less the pomp and circumstance.

"Intimate shows are better for me because I get to really, really touch my fans. And I get to really connect on so many levels. This is the only time that we get to lay it down. Right here we can just let it all go," she said.
And let go, she did.

Music executive Andre Harrell with guest. (WireImage)

Actor Forest Whitaker with party host and performer Mary. J. Blige (Photo: Wireimage)