The quintessential Queen Of Hip Hop soul Mary J Blige is honored at this years 2019 BET Music Awards.
Fellow R&B songstress Rihanna took the stage to present the award to the legend where she said in her speech the r&b diva “changed the game with her unique sound and that Mary J. Blige style.”
After a video montage where Queen Latifah, Diddy and others spoke to her impact was played.
“Mary J. Blige, you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music,” Rihanna continued. “You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry. And on behalf of all the women that came after you, like myself, thank you for being you so we can feel comfortable being ourselves. Thank you for pouring yourself into every track and giving us a song for every feeling. Thank you for showing us that love is all that we need. But we didn’t know how much we needed you.”
Blige 48 made her way to the stage and in her acceptance speech told her fans, “Words cannot express what your support means to me.” Blige also gave her praises to her higher power, saying, “Although I’m a leader, a queen, a living legend… Although I’m all these things, I’m a servant as well and I’m here to serve. Being a servant is not always glamorous or popular, but it’s the job and the assignment that I was given. Because in order to become an authority, I had to come under authority. It’s because, when the glory is placed on me, I give it back to God.”
Following her receiving the award Mary would go on to perform a medley of her hits including her song “My Life,” “Share My World,” “No Drama” and “I’m Going Down” that was sung along with the crowd. The Queen Bee Lil’ Kim also came out to help her perform a snippet of “I Can Love You.” And she performed “You’re All I Need” with Wu-Tang Clan legend Method Man, who also joined her on stage.