Taraji P. Henson Gives Mary J. Blige Her Flowers At Glamour’s ‘Women Of The Year’ Gala
The Woman of The Year award is one of many accolades that has received during her expansive career.
Glamour magazine hosted its annual Women of the Year award ceremony in New York City. Mary J Blige was one of four women honored at the star-studded event.
Taraji P. Henson was there to present the award to her longtime friend. Henson reminisced about hearing Mary J. Blige sing for the first time.
“That’s me! That girl is like me. She sounds like me, she is speaking the way my heart speaks. I felt seen,” Henson said.
The actress spoke about the singer’s raw emotion and honest lyrics.
“Vulnerability. It’s her superpower. “
Henson lauded the songstress for her extensive career that has spanned for more than 30 years.
The 52-year-old was also honored by the Sing Harlem Youth Choir, who belted out a harmonious compilation of some of the songstress’ biggest hits.
Overwhelmed with emotion, the “You Remind Me” singer decided to forgo her pre-written speech and address the audience organically.
“To all you women out there. Keep loving on you,” she said to the audience.
Blige said she was happy to be celebrating the other honorees which included Quinta Brunson of Abbott Elementary fame.
“I’m excited that we’re all here as women of power doing amazing things and living amazingly, feeling amazing, and understanding our power as women. I’m excited for all of us,” the “Real Love” singer said in a red-carpet interview.
Blige has been candid about her struggles with depression. She admitted that overcoming her obstacles is an ongoing battle.
“This is not an overnight success,” she told Glamour.
“This is not an easy thing, this new me, this new Mary. This is hard work,“ she said
“It’s easy to revert back to the past because that’s what you knew. Because you know the pain of the past will always try to pull you back.”
The Woman of The Year award is one of many accolades that Blige has received during her expansive career. She is the recipient of more than 20 BET Awards, nine Grammy Awards, over 30 NAACP Image awards, and an Emmy.