ESSENCE's Queen of the Night: Mary J. Blige

ESSENCE's Queen of the Night: Mary J. Blige
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 28, 2010

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Mary J. Blige arrives to be honored as the first recipient of Essence’s Black Women in Music Award.

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Mary J. and her husband, Kendu, smile for the cameras.

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Island/Def Jam Chairman, L.A. Reid, arrives to present Mary J. Blige with her Black Women in Music Award.

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Gabrielle Union came through to show her love for Mary J.

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Union takes a moment to pose for the cameras.

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Mary J. Blige arrives and gets a warm hug from Taraji P. Henson.

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Mary J. poses alongside Taraji P. Henson.

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Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet at the Black Women in Music celebration.

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Actress Tatyana Ali stopped to pose on the red carpet.

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Actress Tatyana Ali attends the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event at the Sunset Tower Hotel on January 27, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.

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Ledisi arrives to honor Mary J. Blige at the Black Women in Music celebration.

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Melanie Fiona arrives in style to salute Mary J.

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Kelly Price was in the house to celebrate Mary J.

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Singers Anthony and Tarsha Hamilton stop on the red carpet at Essence’s Black Women in Music celebration.

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Lalah Hathaway arrives to celebrate with Mary J.

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Actress Jurnee Smollett strikes a pose on the red carpet.

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Earth, Wind & Fire bassist, Verdine White, arrives on the red carpet.

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One of gospel music’s finest, Ann Nesby, was thrilled to show her support for Mary J.

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Kim Coles attends the Essence Black Women in Music event at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

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Actress Elise Neal came out to celebrate Mary J. Blige.

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Melyssa Ford strikes a pose on the red carpet.

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Mary J. poses with DJ Beverly Bond.

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Mary J. celebrates with Joy Bryant and Essence.com’s own Emil Wilbekin.

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Ludacris and Gabrielle Union pose for the cameras.

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50 Cent gets a hug from his “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” co-star, Joy Bryant.

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Kelly Price shares an intimate moment with Mary J.

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Mary J. gives Ledisi a squeeze.

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Essence Beauty & Cover Director, Mikki Taylor, was on-hand to celebrate with Mary J. Blige.

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Actresses Joy Bryant and Gabrielle Union pose together at the Black Women in Music celebration.

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DJ Kiss arrives to celebrate with Mary J.

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Island/Def Jam Chairman, L.A. Reid, presents Mary J. Blige with her Black Women in Music Award.

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Mary J. embraces L.A. Reid after accepting her Black Women in Music Award.

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Blige addresses the crowd and expresses her sincere thanks for the love and support.

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Mary J. Blige displays her award as she poses with L.A. Reid, Essence Editor-in-Chief, Angela Burt-Murray, and Essence President, Michelle Ebanks.

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Actress Kim Coles and Earth, Wind & Fire bassist, Verdine White, smile for the cameras.

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Ledisi poses alongside Kelly Price.

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Taraji P. Henson takes a seat for the festivities.

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Essence President, Michelle Ebanks, shares a moment with Melanie Fiona.

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NeNe Leakes came out to celebrate with Mary J.

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Shaun Robinson stopped through to show some love for Mary J.

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Rolanda Watts congratulates Mary J. on her honor.

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Simply, Mary J.

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