Mary J. Blige Performs ‘Thick of It’ on ‘Good Morning America’

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Photo courtesy of ABC News

Mary J. Blige took a mini break from her King and Queen of Hearts Tour to visit the folks at Good Morning America on Wednesday.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed her number one hit “Thick of It.” Dressed in an all black suit, Blige delivered an emotional performance of the Jazmine Sullivan-penned track.

“Thick of It” is the first single off Blige’s 13th album, Strength of a Woman, which is slated to release in December — although a release date hasn’t been set.

Watch Mary J. Blige’s performance below.

Blige also sat down with host Robin Roberts for a candid interview about her ongoing divorce battle.

“My heart is OK, I’m hanging in there,” Blige said. “I mean, no one wants to go through this and this is hard. I’m hanging in there.”

Despite all the drama, Blige says touring has been therapeutic for her.

“It’s been so healthy for me because this is where I bring all my pain,” she said. “I bring it to the stage … and my fans are there. They come to the show with all of their issues or trials and tribulations and this is where we’re healing. I have to stay strong and I have to be the strength for myself. I had to save myself and I’m saving myself now.”

Watch Mary J. Blige’s interview below.

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Mary J. Blige Gets ‘Stronger’ with Help of Sir Elton John for ‘Sherlock Gnomes’

Mary J. Blige is getting a head start to secure a nomination for Best Original Song at next year’s Academy Awards.

The Queen of Hip-Hop & Soul has reunited with Sir Elton John for a new original song titled “Stronger,” featured in the animated film Sherlock Gnomes. Blige’s voice breathes life into Irene Adler, who was once engaged to Sherlock. Irene uses Sherlock calling off their engagement as fuel to sing a powerful anthem on discovering an inner strength after the romantic sparks die.

“Doesn’t it look like I need ya? / Better shape, better off / Stronger than I ever was,” she belts.

John admits he “never wrote a song like this before” but found inspiration from Irene and Blige’s recent love tales for the song’s dynamic lyrics.

Blige made Oscar history by becoming the first person ever to receive nominations for a performance and original song in the same year, for the same film. She portrayed Florence Jackson, a sharecropper’s wife in Dee Rees’ film adaptation of the novel Mudbound.

Sherlock Gnomes arrives in theaters March 23.

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Mary J. Blige to Perform at 2018 Oscars

R&B legend Mary J. Blige is not only a two-time Oscar nominee this year, she is a performer, too. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will perform her Oscar-nominated song “Mighty River” at the 90th Academy Awards.

While discussing her Oscar attire and how she celebrated her double nods news with Diddy and friends, Blige tells Entertainment Tonight that she intends performing the powerful ballad from the Mudbound film. “This is all beautiful. This is the thing we dream about,” she says.

Blige made history as the first person ever to score nods for a performance and original song in the same year, for the same film. “My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Childish Gambino Performs ‘Terrified’ at 2018 Grammys

After winning Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone” at the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Childish Gambino graced the stage to perform “Terrified.”

Dressed in an all-white outfit,  he was joined by young star JD McCrary, who lends guest vocals on the record. Both songs are lifted from his Grammy-nominated album Awaken, My Love. 

In other news, Glover recently inked a deal with RCA Records that will allow him to release music through a partnership with his creative agency, Wolf + Rothstein.

Watch his performance below.

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