Mary J. Blige took viewers on a musical journey with her live band, from her newest hits to her OG classics, including Im Going Down, Love Is All We Need, and Real Love.
The singer who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut album, Whats The 411?, and the 25th anniversary of her third studio album, Share My World, this year sat down with Apple Musics Nadeska to talk about a slew of topics, including how her 1991 song You Remind Me influenced her life.
I've been touring and doing shows for years now, and I know what the listeners want to hear from each album. So, you knowclassics you cant lose with that, she said. This is gonna be fun, what I'll do, but it'll also be crazy. You must incorporate the classics, give them some new, give them some rest, and return the show.
Mary expressed how she used to be nervous and apprehensive and adamant about performing in her early years. Now, she enters the stage with the mindset of telling herself, Ok, whatever happens, happens, but I'm going to give my best. Im going to give 100% to the audience, no matter what.
The 51-year-old presented herself and her journey at a ceremony that closed her life with a 30-year-old degree. I am super proud of myself and Ive never imagined Id ever be able to say that in my lifetime, she said. I'm proud of my heart, my soul, my spirit, my work ethic, the people I choose to surround me, and the energy that I give to others. Im super proud of how far I've come.
It didnt take long for her to accept the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, presented by Janet Jackson.
All of a sudden, it all started to register like, Wow, I really did something, I really did something, but it's not like I did something because I was fantastic all the time, MJB explained. I did something because I was going through all sorts of hell every day. I had to hear all of this bad stuff.I had to hear all of this bad stuff.
Because of the hardships and hardships that Ive gone through, many beautiful, amazing female R&B singers have been born.
Mary later discusses her early memories with Diddy and what it's like to work with R&B artists of this generation, such as H.E.R. and Summer Walker. The live recording may be seen here.