The singer-turned-actress was introduced on stage by long-time friend, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
During the emotional ceremony, Blige recalled her childhood in the projects in New York and the big dreams that helped her become the star she is today.
“I loved to sing, It set me free from all of the negativity and all of the confusion happening outside of our home. God gave me the strength to keep steppin’ and keep my head up regardless of what anybody thought about me, regardless of what anybody said about me. I see myself clear and it’s not all pretty, but I accept the beautiful mess that I am because it’s an imperfect me, still learning, still growing, still Mary though” she said.