Singer, actress Mary J. Blige turns 47: A look back (28 images)

Singer and actress Mary J. Blige celebrates her 47th birthday on January 11, 2018. Here is a look back at the past 18 years of her career.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 at 11:09 AM
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Mary J. Blige performs at the United Nations' "Race Against Poverty" Awards ceremony held in the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Oct. 23, 2000. File Photo by Don Pollard/UPI
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Hip-hop singer Mary J. Blige arrives at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 10, 2001 to perform in the "VH1 Divas Live" salute to Aretha Franklin. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
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Mary J. Blige (L) and Bono perform at the jam session held by presenters and inductees after the March 19, 2001 ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
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Mary J. Blige, winner of Best R&B Video, poses at the MTV Video Music Awards held on Aug. 29, 2002 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. File Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
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Mary J. Blige performs during the NFL Kickoff celebration on the National Mall on Sept. 4, 2003 in Washington. File Photo by Michael Kleinfeld/UPI
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Mary J. Blige performs at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. on July 9, 2004. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI
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Mary J. Blige (L) reacts after receiving a nomination during the 49th Annual Grammy Awards nominations news conference in Hollywood, Calif. on Dec. 7, 2006. Blige, whose album "The Breakthrough" was perhaps the biggest in her career, was nominated for a leading eight Grammy Awards. Clapping to her right is Justin Timberlake, who was nominated for four Grammy Awards. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
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