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Transformation Tuesday: Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige has been called the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” with a career spanning over twenty years with eleven studio albums and countless collaborations. But just as famous as her incredible voice and songs is her unique style that has evolved wildly over the years. From lavender shiny trench coats to sleek black ball gowns, Mary has touched on every major style moment in the past two decades. While Mary’s style has gotten more subtle and mature as the years have gone by, we still love her funky early looks – bring on the gold lamé and tinted shades! Mary’s thirteenth studio album, The London Sessions, is out now and features her singing a song penned by VH1 You Oughta Know alum Sam Smith. We can only imagine where Mary’s style and music will take her next! 

Check out Mary’s style transformation in the gallery above!

[Photos: Getty Images.]

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What Happens When R&B Divas Catch The Holy Spirit? You Get Amazing GIFs!

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We love us some R&B Divas. As glamorous and elegant as they are, they know how to let loose on stage, much more than their Pop Queen cousins. Case in point: one of our favorites, Mary J. Blige, is the queen of busting some unexpected and frighteningly unique moves when she’s performing. Likewise, Beyonce is the queen of bizarre rubber face when she’s in the zone.

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Happy Birthday, Mary J. Blige! Catch Up With Some Flawless Vintage Photos Of The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul

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Can we get it crunk up in this dancery, please? Today marks the 43rd birthday of the one and only Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul and one of most important artistic voices of the last three decades.

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2013 Christmas Album Round-Up: The Good, The Bad And The Huh???

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! After successfully putting the national nightmare that is Black Friday firmly in the rearview, it’s time to move forward and focus on the important stuff … like listening to tons of Christmas carols while decking your halls with bows of holly. Savvy artists have long understood that releasing an album comprising solely of holiday tunes is a relatively easy way to make a buck (not to mention fulfilling one’s pesky record contract), which is why virtually every singer of note has released at least one of these LPs throughout their career.

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Second Time Around: Which Of These Cover Versions Was More Popular Than Its Original?

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With Lorde‘s cover of Tears For Fears’ hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” having just been released, we’re wondering if the new version could possibly become more memorable than the 1985 classic. And even if the latest rendition doesn’t conquer the original, which cover songs actually were more successful than the first take?

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Undercover Covers Part Two: 20 More Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

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Back by popular demand, y’all! A few weeks back we brought you 20 super-famous songs that you probably didn’t know were actually cover versions. But we had so many great undercover cover cuts stored up that we just had to come back for a second helping. So without any further ado, read on to discover 20 more tunes that were actually somebody else’s baby. Prepare to have a few rock myths shattered…but at least you’ll get to hear some pretty cool stuff!

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The Top 9 Unexpected Endorsements From Music Stars

You know you’ve made it when the major dough starts rolling in for endorsement deals. Ask Beyonce about that $50 million Pepsi deal or 50 Cent‘s partnership with Vitamin Water (which netted him somewhere between $60-$100 milli). Taylor Swift didn’t let the ink dry before announcing, via video, her new venture with Diet Coke. It’s unclear how much Taylor made from this collaboration, but it’s T. Swift. She’s definitely not accepting chump change. In honor of Taylor being the newest addition to #teamCoke, we present the most unexpected and/or outrageous musician endorsements. Read more…

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Prince and Mary J. Blige Team Up For Unexpected Duet At iHeartRadio Music Festival

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Please forgive us if this post is only moderately coherent. Last night, the  iHeartRadio Music Festival came to a close by showcasing some of the best artists ever to enter the game. And one of the most jaw-dropping performances came from a guy — a legend, really — who wasn’t even in the lineup.

When Mary J. Blige announced she was going to perform a cover, the audience went into a frenzy when it realized the song in question was “Sweet Thing,” Blige’s cover of the Chaka Khan classic. But heads nearly exploded when Blige turned to stage right and introduced her friend Prince. Immediately, every person in the MGM Grand Garden Arena gasped and then screamed. The sound was deafening, the excitement palpable.

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