Diva Database: Mary J. Blige

2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival – Day 2 – Show

Mary J., the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul follows a direct line of divas from Chaka Khan, Queen of Funk Soul, through Aretha Franklin, the original Queen of Soul. And just like the divas before her, she’s the soulful voice of a new generation of sisters, providing the soundtrack for the lost, wronged and redeemed because that’s her story, too. She practically sang her way out of poverty, abuse and addiction by sheer will. When she sings “No More Drama,” we know she means it, and her realness resonates; she’s sold more than 50 million albums and earned four Grammy Awards. Now, Mary is stepping out from behind the mic, taking on acting roles in the movie “Rock of Ages” and Lifetime’s “Betty and Coretta.”

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