Everyone step aside. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is coming through.
Mary J. Blige is set to join Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar on Sunday at SoFi Stadium for the Super Bowl 56 halftime show. The five music legends have combined for a total of 43 Grammy Awards and produced numerous hit songs, so they are expected to deliver stellar performances when the Bengals and Rams head to their locker rooms.
“I had the chance to sit back and watch [Blige’s] set, and it gave me goosebumps,” Dr. Dre said at the pre-Super Bowl press conference. “So, if I’m getting them, I know what the audience is gonna feel when she hits the stage. … I’m not blowing smoke. I literally got goosebumps.”
Here are a few things you should know about Blige before she takes the stage for the Super Bowl 56 halftime show.
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How old is Mary J. Blige?
Mary Jane Blige is 51 years old. She was born on Jan. 11, 1971, in the Bronx, N.Y. She spent the first few years of her life moving around before settling in Yonkers, telling People in 2020 that growing up there was “very, very hard.”
“I sang a lot. I just sang. It made me feel better,” Blige said. “I’d wake up in the morning singing and go to bed singing and it just made me feel great. … What made it hard was the environment. It was a lot of people hurting — trying to survive and the environment was just terrible. That’s all I can say. Everybody did what they had to do to survive.”
At 17 years old, Blige recorded a version of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture,” and the song found its way to Uptown Records. The label signed Blige, and she worked as a backup singer until she released her first solo album, “What’s the 411?,” in 1992. Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs served as a producer on the album, which achieved great commercial success.
Mary J. Blige net worth
Blige’s net worth is $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She has built her fortune through her music and acting careers as well as endorsement deals with various brands.
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Where is Mary J. Blige from?
Blige is a proud New Yorker. While she had a rough upbringing, she considers the city “one of my favorite places.”
“New York is just amazing and people need to know how amazing it is,” Blige told People. “There’s too much fun, too many things to eat, too many places to go and so many places to shop in New York.”
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Mary J. Blige’s family life
Is Mary J. Blige married?
Blige married her former manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs in 2003, but she filed for divorce in 2016. The divorce was finalized in 2018 after a lengthy legal battle.
Blige does not have any biological children. Issacs had three children before starting his relationship with Blige.
Mary J. Blige’s songs
- “Be Without You”
- “Family Affair”
- “Just Fine”
- “Not Gon’ Cry”
- “Real Love”
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