Award-winning R&B artist Mary J. Blige is set to receive the distinguished Billboard Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards next month.
Ten-time Billboard Music Award winner Blige will also take the stage for an epic performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. From winning R&B Album of the Year in 1995 to winning nine awards at the 2006 show, including R&B/Hip-Hop Female Artist of the Year; Hot 100 Airplay Song of the Year; R&B Albums Artist of the Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and more, Blige has earned her iconic status.
“My career has been such an amazing and unexpected journey that has included many turns in avenues I could never have imagined like performing, producing, starting businesses and now even my own music festival,” Blige said in an official press release.
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Adding: “Through it all, I [have] always, in one way or another, revolves around my first love, music. To be recognized in this way right now, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that really touches me.
The superstar artist joins ten other artists who have been crowned icons at the BBMAs, including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and more.
For this year’s show The weekend, Doja Cat and you (formerly known as Kanye West) topped the list with the most nominations in top music categories. Doja arrives with 14 nominations, Ye with 13 and The Weeknd sweeps this year’s categories with a total of 17 nominations.
Sunday, May 15, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and stream live on Peacock.