Mary J. Blige has been announced as the recipient of the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
The 10-time BBMA winner will also perform at the show, scheduled to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 15.
Blige is the 11th artist to receive the Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music.
Mary Jane Blige, 51, is often referred to as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.” The singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, and ten Billboard Music Awards.
“My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses and now even my own music festival,” Blige said in a statement.
She added, “Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by.”
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