LOS ANGELES - Babyface called her an icon; Diddy said she was like a sister; and Anita Baker credited her for helping secure her latest Grammy nomination.
There was no shortage of superlatives bestowed on Mary J. Blige Friday night as Vibe magazine celebrated the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul's career, which has now spanned for more than two decades.
Blige was feted during Vibe's first Impact Awards, which coincided with the magazine's 20th anniversary. The event included guests like MC Lyte, Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah. Blige was emotional at moments as she was lauded by one guest after another.
One of the more emotional tributes came from Baker, who was a childhood idol of Blige's. Baker thanked Blige for seeking her out for collaborations and helping a new generation discover her music.