Mary J. Blige receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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"I'm so grateful for this star right now because I've earned it probably three times", Variety reported Blige told attendees of the honor, which was granted on her 47th birthday.

MJB brings the message home on the infectious chorus, which goes, "Life is really, really, real, yeah / I'm always ready for the bounce back (ready for the bounce back) / I ain't stressin', I'm just feeling what I'm feelin' / I'mma always be around, I don't doubt that". She pours everything into a record and into a performance. And I want to thank God for this moment because it didn't have to be like this. "God has given me the strength to keep going regardless of who hated me or what anyone said about me".

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"My skin is tough", she added. Blige's star is the 2,626th star on the Walk of Fame since its completion in 1961.

Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums, sold more than 50 million albums and received 31 Grammy nominations in a career that began with her multi-platinum 1992 debut album "What's the 411?" and included the Top 10 hit with "Real Love". I say that with confidence and not arrogance. "We learned how to survive". "I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means", a teary-eyed Blige said at her ceremony.

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After enduring a messy divorce from ex-husband Kendu Isaacs, in addition to releasing a solo album and appearing in Mudbound - which she credits to saving her life - Blige has been through a lot the last couple years.

Blige was recently nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her role in the film. Also, Andre said that since Mary was introduced as the queen of hip-hop and soul music on Soul Train, she has held that title.

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