Mary J. Blige is a musical powerhouse, recently landing herself a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame. The Yonkers-bred songstress now has even more to celebrate: She’s been nominated for not one but two Academy Awards for her moving performance in the Netflix film Mudbound.
The nine-time Grammy winner shared her initial reaction with USA Today, saying, “I just can’t stop crying. My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”
In addition to landing a Best Supporting Actress nod, the singer is also nominated for Best Original Song, “Mighty River.” She is the first person ever to be nominated for a performance and original song in the same year, for the same film.
Fans of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul took to social media to congratulate the stunning star. Below are some of the best reactions:
MY GIRL MARY J BLIGE WAS NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR !!! I AM ACTUALLLY SOOOO HAPPY I DONT CARE!!!! SHE HAD STRESSFUL YEAR FROM HER NASTY ASS HUSBAND AND GOD BLESSED HER WITH THIS🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/y01sD71h1L
— DOROTHY PARKER (@EllaAlalade) January 23, 2018
— s h e a (@sheayas) January 23, 2018
@maryjblige CONGRATS ON YOUR OSCAR NOMINATION!! No weapons formed against you shall prosper! Keep doing you, staying positive/prayed up and moving forward! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— Miss A (@MissAALLDay) January 23, 2018
congrats to mary j blige👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/TYPwaVLoKU
— Freebird Thompson (@Freebird55) January 23, 2018
Congratulations Mary J. Blige on ur 2 Oscar nominations, God has been good to u & this year is just starting. God is above the devil
— The Mafia Bee (@InfaredBee) January 23, 2018
— General Leia. (@majolovebananas) January 23, 2018
Mary J Blige has been nominated for TWO #Oscars
— Metallic Punch (@metallicpunch) January 23, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.