The 1992 platinum-selling record spawned six singles, including the chart-topping hits "Real Love" and "You Remind Me".
"I am feeling like a proud musical father", said Harrell, who founded the label to which Blige signed at 18. The singer and actress were supported by her longtime friend, Diddy and record producer, Andre Harrel who both gave lovely speeches about her. And I want to thank God for this moment because it didn't have to be like this. And we learned how to survive. "We lived in the projects but we had love in our home". Blige's star is the 2,626th star on the Walk of Fame since its completion in 1961. Blige was nominated this year for a Golden Globe Award and SAG Award in the categories of best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in "Mudbound".
Featured guests Thursday included rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who worked with Blige on her album My Life, record producer Andre Harrell and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell. I say that with confidence and not arrogance.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul released the song on her 47th birthday (Jan. 11) and it's clearly for the courageous women of the Time's Up movement. She won her first solo Grammy in 2003 for best female rhythm and blues vocal performance for "He Think I Don't Know" from her album, "Dance For Me". "My career was stagnant", Blige said. "Instead of breaking down with her, I had to give her strength to carry on", she said.