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mary j. blige
First Album Released: 1992
Last Album Released: 2014
Popular 90's Song: not gon' cry

Mary Jane Blige, preferably known as Mary J. Blige, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional rapper and actress. 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 since released ten studio albums. Blige further rose to national prominence with the release of the My Life album in 1994.

A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, eight of Blige's albums have reached multi-platinum status in the United States. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe. 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.

As of 2013, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years. 

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