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Mary J. Blige
Originally posted 10/23/2012 07:20AM
The Voice is all about aspiring singers reaching for their dreams. But as Monday night's battles showed, getting to the top can be challenging – and as much about courage and confidence as it is about talent and encouragement.
"I don't know how to coach anyone to play it safe," Cee Lo Green said. "The real reward is the risk you take."
Green pitted two singers against each other who were fighting their own personal battles. Katrina survivor Alexis Marceaux's challenge was to loosen up her technically trained style. Daniel Rosa needed to conquer his nerves – and this was his second time on the show.
Originally posted 10/17/2012 10:05AM
The singers were feeling the pressure – and the judges had some tough decisions to make – as the battle rounds continued Tuesday on The Voice.
"Do what you have to do," mentor Michael Bublé said to the hopefuls. "You're fighting for your life."
In Blake Shelton's quest to find the ultimate down-home country crooner for his team, he pitted Liz Davis and Nicole Johnson against each other.
Originally posted 08/13/2012 04:00PM
They performed together on The Mickey Mouse Club, battled it out on the pop charts and now, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears will go head to head in primetime when their singing competitions, The Voice and The X Factor, both return this fall.
"I came up with Britney, we were very close," Aguilera, 31, said during a press conference in Malibu, Calif., at the home of The Voice producer Mark Burnett on Sunday evening. "Our paths have always crossed. They'll continue to cross. I welcome her to this family of fun and entertainment and finding new talent. Britney's a pro. She's going to give great advice!"
Originally posted 07/21/2011 06:00AM
Originally posted 09/24/2009 09:30AM
Don't expect Mary J. Blige to join the ranks of celebrities adopting – she's already got her hands full.
"I don't think I'll do foster care or adopt, to be quite honest," the singer, 38, said at the Cipriani 42nd Street for New Yorkers for Children event where she was honored. "I barely have time for my own children. To adopt more children and not have time for them, that [would be] poor parenting on my [part]."
Blige is stepmother to two children, Jordan, 11, and Nas, 10, with husband Kendu Isaacs, who also has a grown daughter, Brianna, 23.
Originally posted 09/23/2009 08:30AM
Zev Glassenberg says he has "as good a shot as anybody to win the race"
Originally posted 09/10/2009 12:00PM
The big show on Emmy night may actually take place after all the awards have been handed out – Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will perform at the 13th annual Entertainment Tonight Emmy party, at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles after the telecast.
"I am so excited to break the news that I will be performing at the ET Emmy party!" Blige said.
The Sept. 20 party, sponsored by PEOPLE, will also feature music spin by DJ Samantha Ronson. Previous performers to headline at the party include Prince, Duran Duran, Billy Idol and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Originally posted 10/23/2008 10:00AM
While uncharacteristically mum about its choice for president, Hollywood's been highly vocal about another political issue – giving a loud "No" to Proposition 8.
And if those sentiments weren't clear enough, the concert by Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige Tuesday night to fight Prop 8 raised $3.9 million.
The $1,000-a-head event was intended to help close the gap between the No on Prop 8 supporters, who have raised about $25 million, and the Yes on Prop 8 boosters, who have $27 million in their coffers, reports Variety.
Originally posted 04/06/2008 12:00PM
Mum was the wedding word from Jay-Z as he hit the stage in North Carolina on Saturday – a day after a friend says he married Beyoncé Knowles – revealing nothing about a ceremony and wearing no ring.
But co-headliner Mary J. Blige on the "Heart of the City" tour couldn't maintain the same level of silence, shouting to the sold-out Greensboro audience: "Congratulations to my man, Jay-Z, and my girl B," before starting her set with "You're All I Need."
Otherwise, it was musical business as usual for Jay-Z, who stuck to the concert script, performing on his own and doing duets with Blige. Beyoncé was nowhere to be seen, and his only reference to her came when he played a few notes of "Crazy in Love," then cut it off, saying, "Sorry, B." But this is something he does at every show.
Originally posted 01/14/2008 10:55AM
Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Timbaland and Tyler Perry are among the names that have surfaced on a long list of people in a current New York investigation of those who may have obtained steroids or human growth hormones, the Albany Times Union reports.
No one on the list is being accused of violating the law, says the paper, which explains that the probe is about halting the flow of the drugs by doctors who illegally write prescriptions without seeing patients. Witnesses on Long Island who are cooperating with investigators reportedly supplied the names of the celebrities, but the probe is mostly concerned with doctors' actions.
A rep for Blige, Karynne Tencer, is quoted in The New York Times as saying: "Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids."
Spokespeople for the others were not available for comment. – Stephen M. Silverman
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