On her 47th birthday. Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Mary J. Blige received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.
Blige was honored in the category of Recording
“I am so grateful,” Blige said during the ceremony. “On this day, my birthday, God put my name on a star.
Mary is wearing a black Ralph Lauren suit styled with Christian Louboutin heels.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Andre Harrell, along with Los Angeles City Councilman, Mitch O’Farrell were guest speakers during the ceremony.
“I am feeling like a proud musical father,” said Harrell, who founded Uptown Records, the label that signed Blige in 1989 when she was 18 years old. “Mary receiving a star on the Walk of Fame, is like black women and little girls from around the world with a dream also receiving one.”
Harrell reflected on the day he first heard Blige’s voice.
“I remember asking, ‘Who is this young girl singing with all this emotion and pain.’ I still remember the expression on your face when I told you your voice would sing with rock legends; that your voice would change your life and make you royal.”
Combs referred to Blige as family, adding that through her music, she has saved a lot of lives.
“We have been through a whole lot. We started from nothing,” he said. “What makes Mary special, she moves people with not just with her voice but with who she is. She pours everything into a record and into a performance. Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a