Mary J. Blige to Receive Icon Award at 2022 Billboard Music Awards

R&B music icon Mary J. Blige will receive an award worthy of her impressive list of accomplishments over the past three decades. On May 15, 2022, Blige will be honored with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards. The “queen of soul hip hop” is also scheduled.

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Mary J. Blige becomes the 11th recipient of the Icon Award

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an icon is “a person or thing widely admired, especially for having great influence or importance in a particular area.” Since her debut in 1992, Mary J. Blige has defined her own genre of R&B music. Often referred to as the “queen of hip hop soul,” Blige has won numerous awards over her three-decade career. These include 9 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards and 10 Billboard Music Awards.

Billboard has now named her the recipient of the 2022 Icon Award. Blige will receive the award live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 15. Being no stranger to this awards show, she has won 10 BBMAs during her career, including 9 in 2006.

She joins previous Icon Award winners Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and Pink. According to Billboard, the Icon Award “recognizes exceptional artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and left an indelible mark on music itself.

The ‘queen of soul hip hop’ says she ‘always came back to music’

Upon announcing that she would be receiving the Icon Award, the singer released a statement. “My career has been such an amazing and unexpected journey that has included many turns in avenues I could never have imagined such as performing, producing, starting businesses and now even my own music festival.”

Her statement continued, “Through it all, I always somehow came back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way right now, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that really touches me.

An accomplished comedian, Blige was nominated for two Oscars for her work in muddy. In 2017, she became the first person in history to be nominated for an acting and original song award in the same year. She currently plays in the series Power Book II: Ghost.

Fresh off a Super Bowl performance, Mary J. Blige will perform at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards

In February, Blige performed alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cents and Kendrick Lamar at the Super Bowl halftime show. Wearing her signature thigh-high boots, Blige danced and sang her heart out at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Previous Icon Award recipients have performed at the Billboard Music Awards, and Blige has also agreed to do so. The rest of the performance lineup has not been announced. The Weeknd is the most nominated artist with 17 nominations. His duet with Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears (Remix)”, is a finalist for six awards.

Doja Cat is up for 14 awards. Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo are close behind with 13. The Billboard Music Awards will air live Sunday, May 15 from Las Vegas, NV. A host has yet to be announced.

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