Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to current Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her model and sound, Rihanna additionally made point out of Bligeâ€™s history-making two Oscar nominations in the identical yr, for finest actress and unique track for â€œMudbound.â€
Accepting the trophy, Blige instructed Rihanna, â€ I donâ€™t assume you know the way a lot I really like and respect you. Iâ€™m an enormous fan and also you encourage me proper again.â€
Blige then gave a shifting speech, through which she defined her resilience each in life and profession. Mentioned Blige: â€œIndividuals all the time ask, how do I maintain and keep related on this trade? Itâ€™s as a result of, though I’m a pacesetter, a queen, and a residing legend. â€¦ Iâ€™m a servant as properly and Iâ€™m right here to serve. Being a servant just isn’t all the time glamorous or standard however itâ€™s the job and the task that I used to be given. Itâ€™s as a result of with a view to be an authority, I needed to learn to come beneath authority as a result of when the glory is positioned on me I give it again to God instantly. This journeyÂ journey has all the time been greater than me and my mission is not solely simply to survive right now, itâ€™sÂ to thrive and proceed to make historical past whereas I do it.â€
Learn Rihannaâ€™s introductory speech in its entirety under:
â€œWhatâ€™s the 411? With one easy query, Uptown Dataâ€™ youngest feminine artist, Mary J. Blige, launched herself to the world with a model new vibe. Without end aligning the worlds of hip hop and R&B, she modified the sport along with her distinctive sound. And that Mary J model â€” the backwards cap, the knee pads, the saggy jerseys â€¦ yâ€™all know the Mary J. look. After which she took it there â€¦ with these thigh-high boots.
After which there are the awards and the accolades. And making historical past as the primary particular person ever nominated for an Oscar in an appearing and music class in the identical yr.
Pleased Mary. Unhappy Mary. Mad Mary. No extra drama Mary. Dancing Mary. Weâ€™re right here for all of it.
Mary J. Blige: you could have set the bar for relatable, timeless, basic music. You opened a number of doorways for feminine artists on this trade. And on behalf of all the ladies [who] got here after you â€” like myself â€” thanks for being you ao we will really feel comfy being ourselves.
Thanks for pouring your soul into each monitor and giving us a track for each feeling. Thanks for displaying us that love is all that we want. However we didnâ€™t know the way a lot we really wanted you.
Girls and gents, get in your toes proper now. The recipient of the 2019 BET Lifetime Achievement Award: the simple Queen of hip-hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige.â€