Posted on: January 24, 2024 Posted by: Utamu Belle Comments: 2

Mary J. Blige (Photo Credit: Will Sterling)

Urban One has announced that GRAMMY and EMMY Award-winning singer, OSCAR- nominated actress, and legendary Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige will be recognized as the prestigious Entertainment Icon Honoree at its sixth annual “URBAN ONE HONORS” event.

 The two-hour event, dubbed “URBAN ONE HONORS: Best in Black,” premieres on Sunday, February 25, 2024 and will air on TV One and simulcast on CLEO TV.

“URBAN ONE HONORS” is the ultimate celebration of Black Excellence, acknowledging  individuals whose remarkable achievements and significant contributions have left an indelible mark on the arts, media, music, and the community.

Presented by TV One, the 2024 “URBAN ONE HONORS” is the official kickoff celebration for its 20th anniversary- marking two decades of excellence in entertainment.

“Urban One is thrilled to honor the incomparable Mary J. Blige as our 2024 Entertainment Icon. Mary’s immeasurable talent and award-winning music has shaped our culture and has had a profound impact on artists and music across all genres, but most notably the elevation of female artists in both R&B and Hip Hop across generations. She fully personifies the ”Best in Black” theme of this year’s Urban One Honors,” says Michelle L. Rice, President of TV One and CLEO TV.

Mary J. Blige is one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era.

With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), an EMMY award, two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar.

Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul, and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album “What’s the 411?”

The multi-platinum set quickly spun off several hits, including two R&B No. 1s: “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.” Blige played a significant role in redefining R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s “My Life.”

She is loved for her passionate, chart- topping hits like “Be Without You,” “No More Drama,” and “Family Affair,” all of which have made her a force in music.

Over her career, Blige has released 15 studio albums, in addition to starring in films and television programs such as “Mudbound”, “The Umbrella Academy”, “Respect”, “Power Book II: Ghost” and more.

The R&B Icon joins previously announced esteemed honorees, including Dionne Warwick, recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Honoree; Chlöe, celebrated as the Generation Next Honoree; Frankie Beverly, honored as a Living Legend, and Donald Lawrence, acclaimed for his Inspirational Impact.

The star-studded lineup of performers and presenters at this year’s event include Teyana Taylor, Bebe Winans, Damon Little, Angie Stone, October London; alongside a reunion featuring KeKe Wyatt, Chanté Moore, and Nicci Gilbert (cast of R&B Divas).

GRAMMY Award-winning singer and actress LeToya Luckett returns to host the event’s “Backstage Pass,” featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers, and presenters.

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