Mary J. Blige to receive prestigious Icon Award
As part of the recognition, the ten-time BBMA winner will take the stage for a jaw-dropping performance that will be one of the most memorable moments of the evening. The BBMAs will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC and will air live on Peacock.
Blige joins just ten other artists in receiving the prestigious Billboard Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and left an indelible mark on music itself. Since the award’s inauguration in 2011, past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and P!NK.
“My career has been such an amazing and unexpected journey that has included many turns in avenues I could never have imagined such as performing, producing, starting businesses and now even my own music festival,” Blige said. “Through it all, I always somehow came back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way right now, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that really touches me.
Mary J. Blige truly defines what it means to be an icon with ten total BBMA wins, nine of which came when she topped the 2006 awards show. Awards won include R&B Album of the Year (1995 ); R&B/Hip-Hop Female Artist of the Year (2006); Hot 100 Airplay Song of the Year (2006); R&B Albums Artist of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Song Airplay of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artist of the Year (2006); Music Video of the Year (2006).