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She is a legend in the R&B, hip-hop and soul musical community.
And Mary J. Blige, 48, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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The singer took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles to accept her honor, and later perform a medley of her hits.
Rihanna, 31, presented the award to the star, and thanked her for 'setting the bar' and 'for being you.'
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'Mary J. Blige, you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry,' she began, according to BET.
'And on behalf of all the women who came after you like myself, thank you for being you so we could feel comfortable being ourselves.'
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'Thank you for pouring your soul into every track and for giving us a song for every feeling. Thank you for showing us that love is all that we need. But we didn't know how much we actually needed you.'
During her acceptance speech, Mary...
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