Mary J. Blige Inducted Into Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame

Mary J. Blige at her induction ceremony in the Apollo Theater’s Walk Of Fame

The queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige has landed a spot on the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame.

As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported, there was some “real love” for nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige as she was inducted into the Apollo Walk of Fame Friday morning.

“My very first time performing here at the Apollo, I was not on stage as myself. I was on stage singing background for Jeff Redd. And from there on, it was all history,” Blige said.

“She is very deserving of this star,” a fan named Sheila told Duddridge. “Mary J. means everything to me. She is the queen of R&B right now. Her voice is wonderful, marvelous. Her songs mean so much, they saved me.”

Best known for songs like Family Affair, Not Gon Cry, No More Drama, the Bronx-born, Yonkers-raised 50-year-old superstar joins a long list of music legends who have performed at the Apollo Theater over the years, like Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Temptations.

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SOURCE: CBS New York, Natalie Duddridge