1. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?, in 1992, and has released 11 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.
2. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status.
3. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, and Vibe.
4. For her part in combining hip-hop and soul in the early-1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards.
5. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that “
6. She starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages (2012).
7. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her musical contribution to the film The Help.
8. The perfume broke HSN records by selling 65,000 bottles during its premiere.
9. She is the second of four children born to parents Cora, a nurse, and Thomas Blige, a jazz musician. At the age of five she moved to a house in Richmond Hill, Georgia.
10. The small dirt road on which the house was located was later named Blige Road out of the family she moved back to New York and went to presume her fame later on. For a short period of time Blige was in a small Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie D’Aprile.
11. Blige’s mother was an avid fan of the philly soul, soul and R&B sound and constantly spun Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Jean Carne records when Blige was a child.
12. These artists had a profound impact on Blige at a very young age.
13. Blige was taught to sing by her father, who later abandoned Blige and sister LaTonya following his divorce from Cora Blige in 1980.
14. At the age of five, Blige was molested by a family friend.
15. Blige spent her early years in Richmond Hill, Georgia, where she sang in a Pentecostal church.
16. As Blige grew into adolescence, whilst dealing with the absence with her father, Thomas, she begun to act accordingly amongst people and became addicted to partying.
17. In one instance, she was introduced to cocaine and alcohol, both of which played a major part in the early years of her career.