Mary J. Blige is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to music after nearly three decades in the business.
Variety reports the Yonkers songstress will be honored Jan. 11 at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Eastown. Sean “Diddy” Combs will join Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star.
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“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
In addition to be crowned the Queen of hip hop/soul, Blige has more recently been praised for her acting chops, garnering Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Dee Rees’ period drama Mudbound, as well as a Golden Globe nod for best original song for “Mighty River.” Blige has also guest starred on How to Get Away With Murder, Empire, and 30 Rock. She also played Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on NBC’s musical The Wiz Live!
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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.