Since 1992, Mary J. Blige has influenced many artists and fans with her style, realness, and music. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul released hit singles that made us laugh, cry, dance, fall in love, keep the faith, handle heartbreak, and recognize inner strength. The 9X Grammy award winner is truly a notable figure in the entertainment industry.
Outside of her solo hits, Mary is also known for her collaborations with other singers and rappers. Her voice blends well in any musical genre, which shows her versatility as a vocalist. She has made over 150 appearances on soundtracks and with other artists. Mary is the only artist to receive Grammys in R&B, Rap, Pop, and Gospel from her solo records and guest appearances.
In honor of MJB’s upcoming appearance on FOX’s new hit TV series, Empire, this Wednesday (Mar. 11), we are spotlighting 20 of her best collaborations.
In the upcoming episode of Empire, Mary plays a woman, who Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) knew from his past that temporarily returns into his life. In a flashback scene, they sing the duet, “Shake Down,” which originally appears on Blige’s 2007 album, Growing Pains.
Here are our Top 20 Mary J. Blige collaborations!