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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige
Blige performing live, September 2010.
Personal information
Birth nameMary Jane Blige
BornJanuary 11, 1971(age 45)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OriginYonkers, New York
GenresR&B, soul, gospel, hip hop, hip hop soul
OccupationSinger-songwriter, record producer, actress
Years active1989 � present
LabelsUptown / MCA (1989 � 1996)
MCA (1997 � 2002)
Matriarch / Geffen (2003-present )

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Mary Jane Blige (c-eniconˈblaɪʒ; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B. Blige has received the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s. She was ranked number 100 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Blige started her musical career in 1992, releasing her multi-platinum US selling debut album, What's the 411? on MCA Records and Uptown. What's the 411? gave Blige her first Billboard 200 top ten album, which has continued since the release of her debut album until her latest album, Stronger with Each Tear (2009), which became Blige's seventh consecutive album to debut at number one or number two on the Billboard 200.

As of 2010, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.

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