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