The hip-hop crooner received the 2,626th star on the Boulevard during a ceremony that was emceed by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Combs executive produced Blige's debut album.
Born in the Bronx, Blige signed with Uptown Records in 1989 and became the label's youngest and first female artist at the age of 18. "I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means".
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. "Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility for those going through the same thing", Combs said.
Blige has recently been recognized for her acting work, receiving Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics' Choice Award nominations for her role in "Mudbound".
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The nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist celebrated her 47th birthday with her biggest gift being her star. And I wanted to sing because it set me free from all of the negativity and all of the confusion that was happening outside of our home...we had love in our home. "We learned how to survive". Regardless of what was being said about me.
"I wanna thank God for this moment..."
"There were times when I didn't want to step outside my house because I had been hurt so bad", she told the crowd during her acceptance speech. "God has given me the strength to keep going regardless of who hated me or what anyone said about me".