Mary J. Blige gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Producer Sean 'Diddy' Combs and recording artist Mary J. Blige attend the ceremony honoring Mary J. Blige with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 11, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 12 January 2018
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Mary J. Blige gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES: Grammy-winning soul singer Mary J. Blige — who has earned critical acclaim and award nominations for her acting debut in last year’s “Mudbound” — celebrated her 47th birthday Thursday by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I am so grateful, and I say that with confidence and not arrogance,” she told the crowd gathered for the star unveiling ceremony.
“I know my work and I understand what this means.”
Blige — the self-proclaimed “queen of hip-hop soul” who is best known for hits such as “No More Drama” and “Reminisce” — is a nine-time Grammy winner with tens of millions of records sold worldwide.
She earned a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award nod — and is generating Oscars buzz — for her magnetic turn as Florence Jackson, a stoic housewife in Dee Rees’s civil rights drama “Mudbound.”
“Dee Rees called me and gave me a job and put my life back in motion with ‘Mudbound,’” Blige said.
“Dee, I want to thank you for calling me. I don’t think you understand what you did... You really really helped save my life,” the New York native added.
“‘Mudbound’ opened up doors and gave me strength that I didn’t even know I had.”
Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who helped launch Blige’s career and produced most of her first album, was on hand to congratulate her.
“We would just dream — we were saying... ‘We want to be somebody, we want to be big,’” Combs said. “And we did that. Singing.”
Blige gushed about Combs, saying he helped keep her going in the hard times.
“I love this man so much,” she told the crowd.


Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

  • Rihanna's home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism
  • The singer has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna — real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty — has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna — whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money” — would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,” Rihanna said in a statement dated Thursday.
Rihanna, 30, grew up in a troubled home in Barbados and was propelled to fame after visiting US producer Evan Rogers recognized her talents.
The singer, who since achieving stardom has lived primarily in Los Angeles and New York, has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart, more than any artist except The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.