Mary J. Blige Did Her Own Tribute & Took It Back to the '90s at 2019 BET Awards
Mary J. Blige received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award and topped off that unforgettable moment with a dazzling performance.
Who in the world is qualified to pay a musical tribute to the inimitable Mary J. Blige?
Only Mary J, herself, of course, and that is just what the iconic singer did at the 2019 BET Awards.
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Last night was a dream!!! Thank you @jessecollinsent, @connieorlando and everyone who saw fit to give me my roses while I’m still here! @badgalriri - I don’t have the words to express how thankful I am that you were there to celebrate me. @lilkimthequeenbee and @methodmanofficial - Thank you for sharing the stage with me. I love y’all. @diddy - My brother who’s always there for me. I hope I’m the friend to you that you are to me. My Crew- @babebrice @hihatofficial @tymwallacehair, @luxurylaw, @sirjohnofficial, #Nicole, #huggy #mybandmysingers @kmcme17 and @ashaunnakayars CMB- we all we got!!! PS- I’m just getting started 😜
MARY J. BLIGE HONORED WITH BET AWARD
Mary J. was called up on stage to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by Rihanna who spoke glowingly about the Queen of R&B's influence on black female singers.
"Mary J. Blige you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry. And on behalf of all the women that came after you like myself, thank you for being comfortable being you so we could be comfortable being ourselves." Rihanna said.
Mary J was joined on stage by rappers Lil Kim and Method Man
SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS INTRODUCES "THE QUEEN"
Personal friend, the iconic Sean Combs, introduced Mary J's performance by hailing her "The Queen," and the singer stepped on stage in a dazzling all-white ensemble and thigh-high white boots.
A SUPERB PERFORMANCE BY "QUEEN" MARY J.
The Grammy-award winner went on to prove exactly why she is the one and only Queen of R&B by delivering a flawless performance of a medley of some of her hits, including "Real Love," "My Life," and "You Remind Me."
LIL KIM AND METHOD MAN SING DUETS WITH MARY J.
Mary J was joined on stage by rappers Lil Kim and Method Man who joined her in duets of her hits "I Can Love You" and "You're All I Need" respectively.
At the end of her 20-minute set, the undisputed Queen of R&B had the audience on their feet, dancing and singing along.
That is quite an achievement, Miss Mary J. Blige. Well done.
MARY J. BLIGE SUPPORTS DIDDY AND KIM PORTER'S CHILDREN
It's no surprise that Sean "Diddy" Combs was there to introduce Mary J. Blige at the BET awards. Apart from their professional relationship, Mary J is a close friend - and one that Diddy considers family.
Mary J. Blige was a close friend of Diddy's longtime love Kim Porter, and she has been there for her children since her sad demise in November 2018.
On what would have been Porter's 48th birthday, Mary J. was there to lend her support to Diddy and Porter's children.
Mary J delivered a moving eulogy and sang at Porter's funeral.