Mary J. Blige Concerts Tickets

Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated, multi-talented icon Mary J. Blige has been afforded nothing but success in the industry since her debut in 1992. The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" has been on top of her game from the word 'go' and is nothing short of a legend, releasing hit after hit and chart-topping album after chart-topping album!

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Oct05
Mary J. Blige

Wednesday - 8:00PM - Toyota Arena - Ontario - Ontario, CA

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Oct06
Mary J. Blige

Thursday - 8:00PM - Oakland Arena - Oakland, CA

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Oct08
Mary J. Blige

Saturday - 8:00PM - Michelob ULTRA Arena At Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV

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Oct09
Mary J. Blige

Sunday - 7:00PM - The Kia Forum - Inglewood, CA

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Oct12
Mary J. Blige

Wednesday - 8:00PM - Enterprise Center - St. Louis, MO

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Oct15
Mary J. Blige

Saturday - 8:00PM - Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA

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Oct16
Mary J. Blige

Sunday - 7:00PM - FedExForum - Memphis, TN

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Oct19
Mary J. Blige

Wednesday - 7:30PM - Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse - Cleveland, OH

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Oct20
Mary J. Blige

Thursday - 8:00PM - Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY

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Oct22
Mary J. Blige

Saturday - 8:00PM - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA

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Oct23
Mary J. Blige

Sunday - 7:00PM - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ

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Oct26
Mary J. Blige

Wednesday - 8:00PM - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN

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Oct27
Mary J. Blige

Thursday - 8:00PM - Heritage Bank Center - Cincinnati, OH

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Oct29
Mary J. Blige

Saturday - 8:00PM - Boardwalk Hall Arena - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, NJ

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ABOUT MARY J. BLIGE

Mary J. Blige is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Known as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul", Blige has won nine Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, four American Music Awards, and ten Billboard Music Awards. She has also received nominations for three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, including one for her supporting role in the film Mudbound (2017) and another for its original song "Mighty River", which made her the first person nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she sang in a Pentecostal church, and then in Yonkers, New York City, Blige was a musical child and teen. Whilst in Yonkers, she joined a band named Pride. In early 1988, she recorded a cover of  Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" – an impromptu recording at a recording booth in the Galleria Mall in White Plains, New York. The cassette was played for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records by Blige’s mother’s boyfriend at the time. Redd, in turn, sent it to the president and CEO of the label, Andre Harrell who met with Blige. She was signed the next year, becoming the youngest and first female artist signed to Uptown Records, and she began as a backing vocalist for artists like Father MC.

 

CAREER

1992-1996: What’s the 411? and My Life

Upon signing to Uptown, Blige began working with producer Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy. Combs executive produced and produced most of her debut album, What’s the 411?, which was released on July 28, 1992. The album was a hit with critics and debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, also topping the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album went on to be certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and eventually sold 3.4 million copies. After the album’s release, Blige quickly became the most successful new female R&B artist of 1992 in the United States. What’s the 411? has since been hailed as one of the most influential hip-hip/R&B albums of its era.

The album earned her two Soul Train Music Awards in 1993: Best New R&B Artist and Best R&B Album, Female. It also spawned a remix album, What’s the 411: Remix, which was released in December 1993.

My Life, Blige’s next album, was released in November 1994. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and, once again, it topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, remaining atop the chart for an unprecedented eight weeks. My Life was ranked number 57 on Blender's list of the 100 greatest American albums of all time and in 2003, Rolling Stone placed it at number 279 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 2006 saw the record included in Time's 100 greatest albums of all-time list.

The success of My Life led to Blige being asked to contribute tracks to a number of shows and movies. She recorded a cover of Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" for the soundtrack to the FOX series New York Undercover, and she also recorded the track "Everyday It Rains" (co-written by R&B singer Faith Evans) for the soundtrack to the hip hop documentary, The Show.  "Not Gon' Cry", which was written and produced by Babyface and was recorded for the soundtrack to the motion picture Waiting to Exhale, went double platinum and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in early 1996.

Blige received two nominations at the 1996 Grammy Awards and won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for her collaboration with Method Man on "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By". 1996 also saw Blige feature on  Jay-Z's breakthrough single, "Can't Knock the Hustle", from his debut Reasonable Doubt (1996), and with Ghostface Killah on "All That I Got Is You" from his debut, Ironman, which was also released that year. Not only was she releasing her own hit singles and collaborations, but she also co-wrote four songs with R&B singer Case on his self-titled debut album. She also recorded backing vocals on the album and featured heavily on two tracks, including the US top 20 hit, "Touch Me, Tease Me", which also featured then-up-and-coming rapper Foxy Brown.

 

1997-2000: Share My World and Mary

Blige’s third studio album, Share My World, was released on April 22, 1997. The album marked a change in lyrical content for Blige, bringing a more upbeat feel to her music. It topped the Billboard 200 and launched several hit singles:  "Love Is All We Need" (featuring Nas), "I Can Love You" (featuring Lil' Kim), "Everything", "Missing You" (UK only), and "Seven Days" (featuring George Benson).

In early 1998, Blige won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album. That summer, she embarked on the Share My World Tour and recordings from the stint on the road were released as a live album, The Tour.

Mary, her fourth studio album, was released on August 17, 1999, reaching number two on the Billboard 200. The album features collaborations with  Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Eric Clapton, Elton John, K-Ci, and George Michael. 1999 also saw her appear on In Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua with Eric Clapton and duet with George Michael on the song "As," written by Stevie Wonder, which reached number four in the UK. That December, Mary was re-released a double-disc set, which featured music videos for "All That I Can Say" and "Deep Inside" and included two bonus tracks: "Sincerity" (featuring Nas, Andy Hogan, and DMX) and "Confrontation" (a collaboration with hip hop duo Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap originally from their 1999 album The Tunnel).

Blige performed as a special guest in the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show, along with Aerosmith and NSYNC, as well as Britney Spears, Nelly, Tremors, and The Earthquake Horns, in January 2001.

 

2001-2004: No More Drama and Love & Life

On August 28, 2001, Blige released her fifth studio album, No More Drama. Its lead single,  "Family Affair" (produced by Dr. Dre) became her first and only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The triple-platinum album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as well as launching three more hit singles. No More Drama received two Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (for "Family Affair") at the 44th Grammy Awards. Blige won  Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 for the track "He Think I Don't Know." 2002 saw two releases for Blige – a re-release of No More Drama, featuring a new album cover, the removal of three tracks, and the addition of two new ones; and Dance for Me, a remix album.

Blige reunited with Sean Combs for her sixth album, Love & Light, which was released on August 26, 2003. It debuted atop the Billboard 200, was certified platinum, and was nominated for the Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 46th Grammy Awards.

 

2005-2006: The Breakthrough and Reflections – A Retrospective

On December 20, 2005, The Breakthrough was released, featuring collaborations with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Rodney Jerkins, will.i.am, Bryan-Michael Cox, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Raphael Saadiq, Cool and Dre, and Dre & Vidal. It topped both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and became the biggest first-week sales for an R&B solo female artist in SoundScan history at the time. The album’s lead single, "Be Without You", peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number one on the R&B chart for a record-setting fifteen consecutive weeks, remaining on the chart for over sixteen months.

Off the back of her success with The Breakthrough, Blige won nine Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, two BET Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Soul Train Award. She received eight Grammy Award nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards, the most of any artist that year, and won three: "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance", "Best R&B Song" (both for "Be Without You"), and "Best R&B Album" for The Breakthrough.

A greatest hits compilation – Reflections (A Retrospective) – was released in December 2006, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200. In February 2007, Blige featured on the single "Runaway Love", from Ludacris’ fifth album, Release Therapy. The track reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B chart. She was also featured, alongside Aretha Franklin and the Harlem Boys Choir, on the track "Never Gonna Break My Faith," which was written by Bryan Adams and featured on the soundtrack for the 2006 film Bobby. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

 

2007-2008: Growing Pains

Growing Pains, Blige’s eighth studio album, was released on December 18, 2007. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, climbing to the top spot on the Billboard 200 in its second week. Its lead single, "Just Fine," was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Blige went on to win Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the Chaka Khan duet "Disrespectful," which was written by Blige and featured on Khan's album Funk This. Blige was featured on the song "All of Me" from 50 Cent's 2007 album, Curtis. March 2008 saw a team up with Jay-Z on his Heart of the City Tour. The tow also released a single together called "You're Welcome". Around this time, BET aired a special called The Evolution of Mary J. Blige, which showcased her career.

At the 51st Grammy Awards held on February 8, 2009, Growing Pains was nominated for and won the Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary R&B Album", making it her 27th Grammy nomination in a decade.

 

2009-2010: Stronger With Each Tear

Stronger With Each Tear, Blige’s ninth studio album, was released in December 2009 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, also topping the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Blige was honored at the 2009 BET Honors Ceremony, with Anita Baker and Monica paying tribute to her.

In January 2010, she appeared as a guest judge on American Idol. She also released the track "Hard Times Come Again No More" with the Roots as well as performing it at the Hope for Haiti Now telethon. At the 2010 Grammy Awards, she performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" with Andrea Boccelli. Blige won Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album for Stronger with Each Tear at the 41st NAACP Image Awards. In November 2010, Mary J. Blige was revealed by Billboard as the most successful female R&B/hip hop artist on the Top 50 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years list, coming second on the list overall.

 

2011-2013: My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) and A Mary Christmas

A sequel to 1994’s My Life titled My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) was released on November 21, 2011, preceded by the singles "25/8" and "Mr. Wrong", featuring Drake. "Why" featuring Rick Ross and "Don't Mind" were also featured as singles. The album reached number five on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold. Blige was featured on the song "Now or Never" from Kendrick Lamar's album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, released on October 22, 2012.

A Mary Christmas, her first holiday album, was released on October 15, 2013, featuring collaborations with  Barbra Streisand, the Clark Sisters, Marc Anthony and Jessie J. It is Blige’s 12th top 10 album on the Billboard 200.

 

2014-2019: The London Sessions and Strength of a Woman

Blige featured on a remix of Disclosure's "F for You," which was released in February 2014.

Think Like a Man Too (Music from and Inspired by the Film), a soundtrack album (for the 2014 film of the same name) of Mary J. Blige songs, was released on June 17, 2014. It charted at number six on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking Blige's 16th top ten entry on the chart, tying her with Mariah Carey for the second-most top tens by a female artist.

Another collaboration with an English artist came in June 2014 when she teamed up with Sam Smith for a reworking of his track "Stay with Me". This led to a month in London recording a new album in RAK Studios with a host of young British acts, including Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé, and Sam Smith. The album, The London Sessions, was released on November 24, 2014. It received rave reviews from critics and reached number nine on the Billboard 200 and became her tenth number one entry on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart.

Her 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman, was released on April 28, 2017, preceded by the singles "Thick of It" and "U + Me (Love Lesson)". The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and topped the R&B Albums chart.

On June 23, at the BET Awards 2019, Blige was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary contributions to the music industry. A co-headlining North American summer tour with Nas followed titled The Royalty Tour.

 

2021-present: The Super Bowl, Good Morning Gorgeous, and upcoming Dr Dre album

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of My Life,  Amazon Studios released the documentary Mary J. Blige's My Life, directed by Vanessa Roth, in June 2021.

That December, it was announced that Blige had formed her own label, Mary Jane Productions, in conjunction with 300 Entertainment. Her fourteenth studio album, Good Morning Gorgeous, was released on the label on February 11, 2022. It features collaborations with  Anderson.Paak, Dave East, DJ Khaled, Fivio Foreign, and Usher. Two days later, on February 13, Blige performed at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show alongside fellow American rappers Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Anderson.Paak. On February 17, she announced on the radio show The Breakfast Club that she is working on an album entirely produced by Dr. Dre.

Blige was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME in May 2022. In September, she was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Super Bowl LVI halftime show.

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