NEW YORK (WPIX) – Born in Bronx, New York, raised in Yonkers and now commemorated in Harlem – soul hip-hop queen Mary J Blige got ‘real love’ when she was inducted into the Walk of Fame on Friday of the Apollo Theater.
This honor further bolstered his status as a world superstar which just happens to be one of New York’s very own.
âNone of this is possible without the fans, so thank you to all the fans,â Blige told about a hundred people.
29 years ago, his first album “What’s The 411?” fell, setting the tone for an illustrious career spanning three decades – with nine Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations.
His contribution to culture, however, is by far his greatest achievement.
âShe is one of the defining voices of our generation,â said Kamilah Forbes, executive producer at Apollo Theater. “Miss Blige was instrumental in redefining what R&B and hip-hop could be.”
The singer and actress “Reminisced” during her first appearance on the Apollo stage.
âMy very first time at the Apollo was not on stage like myself, I was on stage singing for Jeff Redd,â she said. âThen from there, it was all history. The Story of Mary J. Blige. “
Blige is now part of an iconic lineage of inductees who have left their mark on the Apollo Theater stage, including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and Little Richard.