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'It means everything': Mary J Blige inducted into NYC's Apollo Walk of Fame

The queen of hip hop has nine Grammy Awards, eight multi-platinum albums, two Academy Award nominations, and now, a plaque on the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame.

'It means everything': Mary J Blige inducted into NYC's Apollo Walk of Fame

Mary J Blige performs at the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 23, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake/File Photo)

Mary J Blige has nine Grammy Awards, eight multi-platinum albums, two Academy Award nominations, and now, the singer songwriter has a plaque on the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame.

Blige, also known as the queen of hip-hop soul with millions of fans across the globe, was inducted into the Walk of Fame on Friday (May 28) just outside the legendary theatre in Harlem.

Wearing a sparkling green and black jumpsuit, Blige personally thanked her fans and announced a release date of June 25 for a new documentary that celebrates the 25th anniversary of her second album My Life.

This was a return home for the star. Mary J Blige's career soared after her 1992 appearance on Showtime At The Apollo.

Mary J Blige prepares to accept the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 23, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Blake/File Photo) FILE PHOTO: 2019 BET Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 23, 2019 - Mary J. Blige prepares to accept the Lifetime Achievement award. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

"It means everything. I mean the Apollo is the most important thing to our culture as African-American artists. If it wasn't for the Apollo, we wouldn't have a chance. People wouldn't have gotten discovered," she said.

"This was the first place I made it, you know, before Madison Square Garden," she added. "This is it."

"Without the Apollo, there is no recognising of Mary J Blige," she said.

Blige's music is personal. She sings about her struggles and it is all revealed in her albums – My Life (1994), No More Drama (2001), The Breakthrough (2005) and The Journey Continues (2011).

Blige told Reuters she is still on a personal journey.

"I'm trying to get my own life together. It never gets easier. It just gets harder, the wiser you get. You start to realise that you're nobody's teacher, you're just a student as well," she said.

On the Apollo Walk of Fame, Blige joins music greats including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Lionel Richie.

(Reporting by Angela Moore; Editing by Diane Craft and Will Dunham)

Source: Reuters

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