LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Grammy-winning soul singer Mary J. Blige — who has earned critical acclaim and award nominations for her acting debut in last year s “Mudbound” — celebrated her 47th birthday Thursday by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I am so grateful, and I say that with confidence and not arrogance,” she told the crowd gathered for the star unveiling ceremony.
“I know my work and I understand what this means.”
Blige — the self-proclaimed “queen of hip-hop soul” who is best known for hits such as “No More Drama” and “Reminisce” — is a nine-time Grammy winner with tens of millions of records sold worldwide.
She earned a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award nod — and is generating Oscars buzz — for her magnetic turn as Florence Jackson, a stoic housewife in Dee Rees s civil rights drama “Mudbound.”