On her 47th birthday, Mary J. Blige was presented with a long-awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul celebrated the milestone with her family and some of her closest friends, such as Diddy and Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell during a ceremony in Hollywood on Thursday (Jan. 11).
Blige also spoke on what has been dubbed Mary J. Blige Day in Hollywood, explaining why this moment is particularly special. “I’m so grateful for this star right now, because I’ve earned it probably three times,” said a humbled Blige. “But I’m so grateful that I have it. I’m so grateful. I say that with confidence, not arrogance. I say that because I know it now, I know my worth, and I understand what this means.”