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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Date: Feb 26 2007

Themes: Music


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Mary J. Blige has produced and recorded with some of the best folks in the music business, including Sean Puffy Combs and Dr. Dre. She is widely known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.”

At the Grammy Awards a few weeks ago, Blige won three awards: Best R&B Album (for The Breakthrough), Best R&B Song (for Be Without You) and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. She had more Grammy nominations (a total of eight) for the year than any other artist.

Her performance that night certainly showed why she has earned the respect of her peers and her fans. After having just accepted an award on stage, she sang her heart out and was visibly moved with joy over being so honored.

Listen to Marni and Kevin talk about this powerful performer.


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Kevin:  I saw a Gap (RED), you know, that great AIDS

Marni:  Yeah.

Kevin:  You know, product line…

Marni:  Buying (RED).

Kevin:  With, um… who’s the singer? Now I can’t think of her name. It was a really good ad.

Marni:  Oh. Um… what, what… is she… female… What does she look like?

Kevin:  Yeah, female, like, rapper… hip hop.

Marni:  Oh! Mary J. Blige.

Kevin:  That’s right. Sorry.

Marni:  Big, uh, cross tattoo?

Kevin:  That’s right. That’s right.

Marni:  Oh, God. She is great.

Kevin:  She’s cool.

Marni:  She…

Kevin:  She’s really cool.

Marni:  Her new album is incredible. It’s very empowering, very soulful. Just, you know… She’s really putting herself out there.

Kevin:  When did it come out?

Marni:  Uh, not too long ago. I don’t know exactly when but I think within the last few months. But she’s… Yeah, she’s…

Kevin:  She’s great.

Marni:  It’s all the rage. Yeah.

Kevin:  I really like her energy.

Marni:  She’s got… Yeah. I agree. I think she’s got a lot to say. And, uh, I just… I… She is getting a lot of publicity for it and I think rightfully so. She’s… I think she’s just a really charismatic performer. She’s got a lot to….

Kevin:  She’s very powerful.

Marni:  Very powerful. Very, very powerful presence.

Kevin:  Not only is she cool, but she’s me plus five. She’s 36.

Marni:  36. Yeah. See that’s, that is the cool thing is she’s not super young. She’s been around. She’s, you know, she’s nearing 40. I think that’s a time in your life where you have a lot to say.

Kevin:  I love it.

Marni:  I love it too.



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Kevin and Marni both think Mary J. Blige is an awesome presence in the music world.

Did you see Mary J. Blige on the Grammys?

Do you ever listen to Mary J. Blige?

Click here to go to Mary J. Blige’s website

Click here for an English lesson about the (RED) campaign that Kevin mentions



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United States

Oh my God gril how do you do it:)


02:52 PM Apr 20 2015 |




OH ,God Mary j.Blige.I am her royal fun.I love her song”Be without you”.there have been the whole year i listen it everyday,single cycle.

“Would you lie?

Make me cry?

Do somethin’ behind my back and then try to cover it up?Well, neither would I, babyMy love is only your love (yes)

12:21 PM Apr 02 2014 |

1 person likes this



I like her song be woithout you))

02:00 PM Mar 16 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It's good for listening, It's good for me, I hope I can continue by this way

09:33 AM Jun 13 2008 |



it is so great and i have learn a lot of thing

09:19 AM Jun 08 2008 |




Good day guys! I am from Turkmenistan and I want to find her song “No more drama” (free download)but coldn’t find any sites. Maybe you know some?

09:35 AM Apr 09 2007 |


American Samoa

ilove mary.j shes my idoel and myfavorit singer

03:15 PM Mar 24 2007 |



i love everything about Mary j.bLIGE

06:49 PM Mar 02 2007 |

dont say no

United Arab Emirates

thanks , i loved mary j.blige

11:34 AM Mar 02 2007 |




We ride (I see the future) is a nice song.

03:48 AM Mar 02 2007 |

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