Mary J. Blige's BBMAs Icon Award Speech Was All About Self-Love

Mary J. Blige's BBMAs Icon Award Speech Was All About Self-Love
Mary J. Blige received the icon award at this year's Billboard Music Awards, making her the 11th artist to receive the award. She follows in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, and last year's award recipient, Pink. Watch her emotional acceptance speech ahead.

"Mary J. Blige represents truth," said Jackson, who presented the award. "Her work has always given us comfort, because it represents me and it represents you."

"I'm in a dream right now. Thank you so much," Blige said in her acceptance speech. "The way the world is now, I think people think icons are born that way. They become a legend overnight. But that is definitely not the case. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and a lot of surviving trial and error to achieve greatness. What an icon means to me
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