Diddy Calls Mary J. Blige 'Black Excellence' During Walk of Fame Ceremony

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For the special occasion, the 47-year-old R&B singer was joined by rap mogul Sean Combs, who led the assembled crowd in serenading her with "Happy Birthday". "I'm so grateful for this star right now because I've earned it probably three times, but I'm so grateful that I have it". "On this day, my birthday, God put my name on a star".

Mary J Blige at the 2018 BAFTA Tea Party Arrivals at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA.

"I am feeling like a proud musical father", said Harrell, who founded the label to which Blige signed at 18. "Look what we're made of", she adds. "We started from nothing", he said. The singer and actress were supported by her longtime friend, Diddy and record producer, Andre Harrel who both gave lovely speeches about her.

Blige has recently been recognized for her acting work, receiving Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics' Choice Award nominations for her role in "Mudbound".

"When Dee Rees called me, my life was at a standstill".

The star is the 2,626th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.

Blige came to fame with her multi-platinum 1992 debut album What's the 411? which included the hit Real Love. She would follow that success with albums "My Life" (1994), "Mary" (1999), "No More Drama" (2001), and many others.

Many fans were happy for the nine-time Grammy victor and shared their thoughts online. "I think I'm good on marriage for a while", she said in an interview with the Associated Press. And I wanted to sing because it set me free from all of the negativity and all of the confusion that was happening outside of our home...we had love in our home. And we learned how to survive. "There's been times in my career that I didn't even want to step out of my house because I was hurt so bad".

"I wanna thank God for this moment..." Everything happens for a reason.

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