Mary J. Blige is the true definition of the term “glow up.” She exemplifies having to go through the bitterness of life to enjoy the sweet.
The singer and actress has been nominated for Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards, and now a history-making two Oscar nods for both her performance as best-supporting-actress and original song in Dee Rees’ Mudbound.
“I just can’t stop crying,” says Mary J. Blige early Tuesday morning, holding back tears over the phone. The nine-time Grammy winner had just earned her first Oscar nomination.
The R&B icon, who already has nine Grammy awards, stars as an impoverished farmer’s wife in Mudbound, the Netflix tale that focuses on the post-World War II era in the Deep South.
Like many, she was asleep when the news came. “My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda (Silverman), and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly, because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”
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CELEBRITY HEALTH: MARY J. BLIGE: FROM HEARTBREAK AND HOMELESS TO HISTORY MAKER! was originally published on praisecleveland.com