FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2012 file photo, singer Mary J. Blige arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. A criticized Burger King commercial featuring Mary J. Blige singing about chicken has been pulled, but the fast-food chain is blaming licensing issues for the decision. In it, Blige sings passionately about the ingredients in the chicken snack wraps. But as the video went viral, some in the black community criticized the ad as stereotypical. The black women-oriented website Madame Noire likened it to buffoonery. Burger King said Tuesday the commercial was pulled because of a music licensing concern and that they hope to have the Blige ads back on the air soon. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
Mary J. Blige has been added to the prestigious 2024 Urban One Honors.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will be recognized with the Icon Award for her redefinition of R&B with her hits and talent shown in her music and onscreen.
Michelle L. Rice, President of TV One and CLEO TV, in a statement,
Urban One is thrilled to honor the incomparable Mary J. Blige as our 2024 Entertainment Icon.
Mary’s immeasurable talent and award-winning music has shaped our culture and has had a profound impact on artists and music across all genres, but most notably the elevation of female artists in both R&B and Hip-Hop across generations.
What is your favorite song by Mary, and why?