Editor’s note: A previous of this story misstated Mary J. Blige as the only artist to win in four genres.
Mary J. Blige is a genre-defying artist; her nine Grammy wins prove this.
In a music career that stretches close to three decades, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has grabbed hold of gramophones in the following genres: R&B, rap, pop, and gospel. Blige is the only artist to win in those specific categories.
However, she is the second to win across four genres overall. The late Donna Summer was the first artist to win a Grammy in four distinct genres: R&B, rock, inspirational (now gospel) and dance.
Blige has won five Grammys in the R&B field, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “He Think I Don’t Know.”
Look at Blige’s wins for the other different genres:
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By” with Method Man
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “When I Say Your Name” with Sting
Best Gospel Performance for “Never Gonna Break My Faith” with Aretha Franklin
Blige had a great chance to break her own record at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, as was nominated for Best Dance Recording for “F For You” with Disclosure. It marked her first nomination in the Dance/Electronic field.