Here's Why Mary J. Blige is a National Treasure

The R&B icon has a special place in entertainment history

March 5, 2018
Mary J. Blige arrives at the 90th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre.

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Make no mistakes about it, we aren't trying to throw rocks at the Beyhive, but let's talk about the original Queen for just a minute. The living legend that is Mary J. Blige may not have left the 90th Academy Awards last night (March 4) a winner, but even in not winning she still might have solidified her place as a National Treasure.

Blige made history by being the first person to ever be nominated for Best Orginial Song and Best Supporting Actress for her contributions to the film Mudbound. In the movie, Blige portrays a southern sharecropper's wife during the Jim Crow era. She also left the Oscars crowd stunned by her powerful, live performance of the gospel-inspired track "Mighty River," the same song that Blige was nominated for.      

After nearly 30 years of being on the top of her game, the Queen does not appear to be slippin' and any way, shape, or form! And at 47-years-young, she's still showing the world that clearly she still has it. But what makes Mary J. Blige a National Treasure? Here are 5 reasons:

  • The first person to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song in the same year.
  • Before Mudbound, she had been nominated for several other roles in the field of acting, including a Critic's Choice Television Award and a Women's Image Network Award.   
  • While shooting Mudbound, she also released a highly anticipated album, Strength of a Woman - which hit #3 on the charts -- and toured in support of the album.   
  • The multi-Platinum singer/songwriter has had four #1 albums, nine in the Top 5, and has NEVER released an album that charted above 10.
  • Mary J. Blige has sold over 40 million albums (that's more than Beyoncé).