Mary J. Blige
With eight multiplatinum albums to her name, as well as nine Grammy Awards (plus 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar and one of the defining voices in contemporary music. Since she began taking the stage, the singer-songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base, responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.
Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, The Roots—consisting of Black Thought, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Kamal Gray, F. Knuckles, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon Bryson, and James Poyser—was most recently nominated for Best Rap Album for their 2011 album undun, bringing the band’s Grammy nomination count to 12. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and became the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
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