MARY J. BLIGE Biography - Musicians


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Name: Mary Jane Blige                                                             
Also known as MJB, The Queen of Hip Hop Soul                                       
Born: 11 January 1971 The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States           
Genre(s): R&B, soul, hip-hop soul, hip-hop                                         
Occupation(s): Singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress               
Instrument(s): Singing, rapping                                                   
Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop     
soul singer, songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, actress, and hip     
hop icon who has sold more than 40 million records and over 10 million singles     
worldwide. She is widely known as the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul", and has also       
received over 26 Grammy Award nominations for her work, winning eight. Early in   
her career, Blige's highly personal songs and gritty voice earned her             
comparisons to soul singers who preceded her, including Patti LaBelle and Aretha   
Franklin; however her artistic evolution and commercial success throughout the     
years have allowed her to exert her own influence over a new generation of