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BBMA 2022: Mary J. Blige reflects on “hurdles” in a thought-provoking speech

Mary J. Blige on Receiving the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards

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At the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, held at the MGM Garden Area in Las Vegas on May 15, legendary singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige received the honorary Icon Award.

Before Mary accepted her honour, a tribute video highlighting the 10-time BBA winner’s nearly 30-year career was released, featuring testimonials from people like Taraji P.Henson, Missy Elliot, Gabrielle Union, HIS. and Queen Latifah.

Mary then took to the stage in a sparkly cut-out mini dress as a former Icon Award recipient Janet Jackson presented him with his trophy.

“The way the world is now, I think people think icons were born that way, but that’s definitely not the case,” Mary began in her acceptance speech. “It takes a lot of time, hard work and a lot of survival and trial and error to achieve greatness.”

She continued, “What an icon means to me is overcoming obstacles to accomplish the unthinkable and being widely admired to have an influence on a multitude of people. I’ve been on this journey for a long time. One that n didn’t always look like the way you see me now. The one who is filled with a lot of heartbreak and pain for God helped me channel those experiences and emotions into my music, that’s where I started in music.

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