Mary J. Blige
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Mary Jane Blige (surname pronounced /ˈblaɪʒ/; born January 11, 1971), also known as Mary J. Blige, is an American singer, producer, songwriter, actress, and rapper. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards and many other honors, Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. Blige has received the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s. She was ranked number 100 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. As of 2010, Blige has sold over 40 million albums. Blige has cited Anita Baker, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin as influences
Life and career
1971–1990: Early life
Blige was born in the New York City borough of the Bronx. She is the second of four children born to parents Cora (born 1951), a nurse; and Thomas Blige (1948-2007), a jazz musician. Blige was taught to sing by her father. When Blige was four, her father (who is reported to have been physically abusive to Blige's mother) abandoned the family. At the age of five, Blige was heinously molested by a family friend.