Mary J. Blige is Ready to "Bounce Back"

Mary J. Blige

Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums, sold more than 50 million albums and received 31 Grammy nominations in a career that began with her multi-platinum 1992 debut album "What's the 411?" and included the Top 10 hit with "Real Love".

"I am feeling like a proud father", Harrell, who founded Uptown Records, the label that signed Blige in 1989, said.

Combs referred to Blige as family, adding that through her music, she has saved a lot of lives. "I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means". I say that with confidence and not arrogance.

At the star ceremony Blige spoke to fans who she credited with saving her from the depression that took hold between that album and her followup.

Blige was recently nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her role in the film. "Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility for those going through the same thing", Combs said.

Many fans were happy for the nine-time Grammy victor and shared their thoughts online. I didn't know if I wanted to die, I didn't know what, I just knew I was ready to check out. But I thank God for this moment. "We learned how to survive". Everything happens for a reason. "I think I'm good on marriage for a while", she said in an interview with the Associated Press.

"God gave me the strength to keep stepping and keep my head up, regardless of what anybody thought about me".

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