Blige puts her multi-acre New Jersey estate up for sale for $13 million. Featuring a zig-zag gated driveway, wrought-iron staircase and marble floors, the home has over 13,000 square feet over 16 rooms, eight bedrooms, ten full bathrooms and three half bathrooms.
Blige discusses Sam Smith, Anne Hathaway’s rapping skills, and her documentary with Vogue magazine.
I think it worked so easily because Sam is a very rare person. He’s very rare because he’s not afraid to let people see who he is. His vulnerability is what draws me to him; he’s just honest and real. I love that. I can really work with people like that.
Ahead of her appearance at the Brit Awards, Blige chats to Glamour UK about British soul singer, Sam Smith.
Sam is just unlike a lot of new artists. He has so much humility, he’s so grateful and he’s still so taken back from all of this but at the same time he’s very confident and decisive. I’ve watched him be so decisive and I love that about him – I’m like ‘I wanna be like that’ (laughs).
Smith and Blige perform Stay With Me during the Grammy Awards show promoting Smith’s album In The Lonely Hour.
Blige discusses her new album and her marriage on The Wendy Williams Show.
I’m just happy that my man is still with me and he’s had the courage to stay with me. I’m grateful for that
Seacrest interviews Blige during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about working on her latest album The London Sessions.
The intent was just to have a complete new environment along with the new thought process that I had along with my career. I just felt like I was getting stale in my own career as an artist, and I needed to completely do something different. So when I started feeling like that, I kind of just discovered Disclosure‘s [‘F for U’], on VEVO. I discovered it and I completely lost my mind over how good it felt. Like, ‘Who are these kids?’ And I felt compelled to be on the remix. Whatever the remix is The idea was to go to London and do an EP with them when I discovered that I sound good singing club music.
Blige performs Right Now on The Ellen Show to promote her album The London Sessions.
Disclosure and Mary J. Blige performs F for You from the album Settle on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Blige releases the album cover art for The London Sessions.
It’s all about the London music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album. The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.
Blige and Nettles perform Do You Hear What I Hear during the CMA Country Christmas special from Blige’s album A Mary Christmas.
Blige performs Why on American Idol from her album My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Blige and Lil Wayne perform Someone To Love Me at the Billboard Music Awards from her album My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Blige performs Family Affair on the David Letterman Show from her album No More Drama.
Blige wins Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album for Growing Pains.
It was years of painfulness to get to this point. But once you’ve been going through so much self-hatred and stuff for so long, you get to that point and you say, “Gosh, am I good enough?” And then something says — and this is the growth — yes, you are. And that’s why I named the album Growing Pains because it was that moment that I realized, you know what, it’s going to take a lot more growing and a lot more pain to sustain this breakthrough.
Franklin and Blige wins the Grammy for Best Gospel Performance for Never Gonna Break My Faith.
Chaka Khan and Blige wins the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for Disrespectful.
Blige performs Be Without You at the Grammy Awards from the album The Breakthrough.
Blige wins the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song for Be Without You, and Best R&B Album for The Breakthrough.
This is the first time I’ve ever been up here to receive anything and I thank you so much.
Blige gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about the meaning of her album The Breakthrough.
It means a lot. One day I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere by blaming other people for my circumstances. I finally understood: Even if you feel someone has wronged you or owes you something, no one is going to give you anything for free. In the inner city, there’s a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life. No more pity parties. I’ve gotta love me more than anybody else loves me.
Blige speaks about the inspiration behind her new album, The Breakthrough:
It means a lot. One day I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere by blaming other people for my circumstances. I finally understood: Even if you feel someone has wronged you or owes you something, no one is going to give you anything for free. In the inner city, there’s a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life.
Blige wins the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for He Think I Don’t Know.
Blige performs Not Gon Cry at the Soul Train Awards from the album Share My World.
Blige and Method Man wins the Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By.