Mary J. Blige continued a special California weekend after being nominated at the 2018 Golden Globes for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for her contributions starring as Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ Mudbound.
The nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist celebrated her 47th birthday in style Thursday (Jan. 11), as she received the honor of her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Diddy was in attendance to support the queen of hip-hop soul and had high-praise for the “Love Yourself” artist saying: “Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility to help others who are going through the same thing. Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of lives. Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of broken hearts.”
A teary-eyed Mary J. got emotional when reflecting on her career telling the crowd in attendance, “I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times. I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”
After enduring a messy divorce from ex-husband Kendu Isaacs, in addition to releasing a solo album and appearing in Mudbound — which she credits to saving her life — Blige has been through a lot the last couple years. With a Hollywood star added to her already cemented legacy, Blige’s story now lives on forever.
Other notables in attendance for the event included BET executive Debra Lee, actor Garrett Hedlund, radio legend Angie Martinez, Andre Harrell, Tyrese and Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine, who she says took her into his Malibu home, while she was homeless last year. Fans even serenaded the songstress by singing “Happy Birthday” before the ceremony took place.
With @Diddy‘s help, @maryjblige celebrates her new Walk of Fame star https://t.co/EefqnqCYdS pic.twitter.com/KS3VWbPU4e
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2018