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Mary J. Blige dons black-patterned dress as she's honored with Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards


Mary J. Blige looked incredible as she arrived on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday. 

The star, who’s a 10-time BBMA winner during her illustrious career, is set to receive the Icon Award at the ceremony. 

Ahead of all the festivities, the so-called Queen of Hip-Hop Soul took to the red carpet and showed, at 51, that she can still strut her stuff with pride, alongside any of the other stars on the musical landscape.

Legendary and iconic: Mary J. Blige, 51, is being honored at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards with the Icon Award; she's also among the performers hitting the stage at the event

Legendary and iconic: Mary J. Blige, 51, is being honored at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards with the Icon Award; she’s also among the performers hitting the stage at the event

The It’s All Love star made her way in front of the line of photographers in a black-patterned dress that showcased her womanly curves.

With sharp, angular patterns, the number allowed Blige to flaunt her 5ft9in figure, as well as give hints of her cleavage and midriff.

Giving her an added boost, the New York City native wore a pair of black strappy heels that wound around each foot and ankle a few times. 

She rounded out the overall look with her striking blonde tresses that came complete with bangs and a top ponytail that flowed well past the middle of her back

The It's All Love star made her way in front of the line of photographers in a black-patterned dress

Revealing: The It’s All Love star made her way in front of the line of photographers in a black-patterned dress, that showcased her cleavage, midriff and gams, and a pair of strappy heels

Beginning with her first two studio albums – What’s the 411? (1992) and My Life (1994), Blige is credited with influencing the musical marriage of hip hop and R&B, and thus earning her the nickname Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul.

In all, she has recorded and released 14 studio albums, headlined 10 tours, and co-headlined four more treks through parts of the world.

Of her 10 Billboard Music Award win, nine happened during the 2006 ceremony, which included: Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year; Hot 100 Airplay Song Of The Year; R&B Albums Artist Of The Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Song Airplay Of The Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Song Of The Year; R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artist Of The Year; and Videoclip Of The Year.

Her lone other win  – R&B Album Of The Year – was way back in 1995 for her sophomore effort, My Life.

Acclaimed: The so-called Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has won 10 Billboard Music Awards during her illustrious career that dates back to 1991

Acclaimed: The so-called Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has won 10 Billboard Music Awards during her illustrious career that dates back to 1991

‘My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses and now even my own music festival,’ Blige told Billboard

‘Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by.’ 

Since its inception in 2011, past recipients of the Icon Award include: Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, and P!NK. 

Along with her special honor on Sunday, Blige also took to the stage as one of the performers.

Blige has also won nine Grammy Awards during her career that dates back to 1991.

Humbled: 'To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by,' Blige told Billboard

Humbled: ‘To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by,’ Blige told Billboard

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