Nine-time Grammy-winning singerMary J. Bligereceived a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 11th, 2018, her 47th birthday.During the emotional ceremony, Blige recalled her childhood in New York and how she came to be whom she is today. She said:“I loved to sing, It set me free from all of the negativity and all of the confusion happening outside of our home.God gave me the strength to keep steppin’ and keep my head up regardless of what anybody thought about me, regardless of what anybody said about me.
I see myself clear and it’s not all pretty, but I accept the beautiful mess that I am because it’s an imperfect me, still learning, still growing, still Mary though” she said.
Blige’s longtime friend and mentor, rap mogul Sean Combs, joined the unveiling where he said, “this is aboutour sister getting her star, her true recognition. But this thing is also about family. We’ve been through a whole lot.
We started from nothing. I used to pick Mary up from the projects. I had me a Volkswagen Rabbit. I had two rims on it because I couldn’t afford four we would just drive down the highway in New York, and we would just dream.
We would say, ‘We wanna be somebody. We wanna be big, we wanna be something for our people. And we wanna come and shake up the world.’ And we did that.”