Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Mary J. Blige received the lifetime achievement honor at tonight’s BET Awards ceremony, broadcasting from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
"Mommy, I love you and I want to thank you for your love and understanding," Blige said as her mom teared up in the audience.
Previous BET lifetime achievement honorees include Prince, James Brown, Whitney Houston, and Diana Ross. Mary J. Blige’s last studio LP was 2017’s Strength of a Woman, which featured 'Love Yourself,' Blige’s joint track with Kanye West. Since that album, Blige has shared one-off single 'Only Love,' as well as 2019 'Thriving' with Nas. Blige and Nas kick off a co-headlining tour later this summer.
Following her speech, The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed a medley featuring some of her biggest songs, including “My Life,” “No More Drama,” “Real Love,” “I’m Goin’ Down,” “Reminisce,” “Be Happy,” “You Remind Me,” “Love No Limit,” and more. During “I Can Love You,” Lil Kim came out. Method Man joined her for “You’re All I Need.” Watch the full performance below.
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