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Mary J. Blige honored at 2022 Billboard Music Awards: See the complete winners list

By The Holiday Firm Manisha Holiday | Published May 16, 2022 2:02AM | Entertainment | The Holiday Firm Atlanta


Mary J. Blige accepts her Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (Photo: NBC)

The R&B legend and 10-time BBMA winner is the 11th artist and seventh woman to receive the honor, which recognizes artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music.

Previous Icon Award recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and Pink.


Before Mary accepted her honor, a video tribute highlighting the 10-time BBA winner's nearly 30-year career played, featuring testimonials from the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Missy Elliot, Gabrielle Union, H.E.R. and Queen Latifah. Mary then took to stage in a sparkly cut-out mini-dress. “I’m in a dream right now,” Blige said after taking the stage, escorted from the audience by BBMA host Sean “Diddy” Combs, as the crowd continued to erupt in applause as former Icon Award recipient Janet Jackson presented her with her trophy.


Mary J. Blige receives the Icon Award onstage during the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ( Video: NBC)

" Mary began her acceptance speech. "It takes a lot of time, hard work, and a lot of survive and trial and error to achieve greatness." She continued, "What an icon means to me is overcoming obstacles to accomplish the unthinkable and be widely admired for having influence over a multitude of people. I've been on this journey for a long time. One that didn't always look the way you see me now. One that is filled with a lot of heartache and pain for God helped me to channel those experiences and emotions into my music which is where I started in music."


The "Family Affair" singer then reflected on how the music industry has changed since she was introduced as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" back in the '90s, calling those early days, "the beginning of a movement." "Every inner-city girl was recognizing their own and could relate to everything I was saying," she said. "And every female artist that came into the game wanted to do everything I was doing and still does to this day. I was ghetto fabulous and I still am. People were threatened by that. Now everybody wants to be ghetto fabulous."

Blige continued to reflect on how the “message of my music has always been that we are not alone in our struggles. And I’m not alone now. For so long I was searching for a real love but I finally found my real love and that real love is me. Who’s managing Mary J. Blige now? Me.”


Blige later thanked everyone on her team including her family, friends, Diddy, Jimmy Iovine, and Dr. Dre. She concluded her speech with a recognition to her “phenomenal, diehard, unbelievable fans.”


According to Billboard, Blige has accumulated four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 (Share My World, Love & Life, The Breakthrough and Growing Pains) and a No. 1 single (“Family Affair”) on the Billboard Hot 100.



See below for the full list of winners below:


Top Artist


Doja Cat

Drake *WINNER

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd


Top New Artist

Givēon

Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

Pooh Shiesty

The Kid LAROI


Top Male Artist

Drake *WINNER

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd


Top Female Artist

Adele

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

Taylor Swift


Top Duo/Group

BTS *WINNER

Glass Animals

Imagine Dragons

Migos

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)


Top Billboard 200 Artist

Adele

Drake

Juice WRLD

Morgan Wallen

Taylor Swift *WINNER


Top Hot 100 Artist

Doja Cat

Drake

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

The Weeknd


Top Streaming Songs Artist

Doja Cat

Drake

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

The Weeknd


Top Song Sales Artist

Adele

BTS *WINNER

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Walker Hayes


Top Radio Songs Artist

Doja Cat

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

The Weeknd


Top Billboard Global 200 Artist (NEW)

Doja Cat

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo *WINNER

The Weeknd


Top Billboard Global Artist

BTS

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran *WINNER

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weeknd


Top Tour

Eagles (Hotel California Tour)

Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)

Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)

Harry Styles (Love on Tour)

The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour) *WINNER


Top R&B Artist

Doja Cat *WINNER

Givēon

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Summer Walker

The Weeknd


Top R&B Male Artist

Givēon

Khalid

The Weeknd *WINNER


Top R&B Female Artist

Doja Cat *WINNER

Summer Walker

SZA


Top R&B Tour

Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM) *WINNER

Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)

Usher (The Vegas Residency)


Top Rap Artist

Drake *WINNER

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G


Top Rap Male Artist

Drake *WINNER

Juice WRLD

Polo G


Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Latto

Megan Thee Stallion *WINNER


Top Rap Tour

J. Cole (The Off-Season Tour)

Lil Baby (The Back Outside Tour)

Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021) *WINNER


Top Country Artist

Chris Stapleton

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Walker Hayes


Top Country Male Artist

Chris Stapleton

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen *WINNER


Top Country Female Artist

Carrie Underwood

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift *WINNER


Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay *WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Zac Brown Band


Top Country Tour

Luke Bryan (Proud to Be Right Here Tour)

Eric Church (Gather Again Tour) *WINNER

Chris Stapleton (All-American Road Show Tour)


Top Rock Artist

Glass Animals *WINNER

Imagine Dragons

Machine Gun Kelly

Måneskin

twenty one pilots


Top Rock Tour

Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)

Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)

The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour) *WINNER


Top Latin Artist

Bad Bunny *WINNER

Farruko

Kali Uchis

Karol G

Rauw Alejandro


Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny *WINNER

Farruko

Rauw Alejandro


Top Latin Female Artist

Kali Uchis *WINNER

Karol G

Rosalía


Top Latin Duo/Group

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado *WINNER

Grupo Firme


Top Latin Tour

Bad Bunny (El Último Tour Del Mundo)

Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin (Live in Concert)

Los Bukis (Una Historia Cantada Tour) *WINNER


Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Lady Gaga *WINNER

Marshmello

Tiësto


Top Christian Artist

Carrie Underwood

Elevation Worship

for King & Country

Lauren Daigle

Ye *WINNER


Top Gospel Artist

CeCe Winans

Elevation Worship

Kirk Franklin

Maverick City Music

Ye *WINNER

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