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Rihanna presents Mary J Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award at BET

Singer and cosmetics mogul Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage as she present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing Mary J Blige for her style, dance and sound, Rihanna also mentioned Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.”

Accepting the trophy from Rihanna, Blige said, ” I don’t think you know how much I love and respect you. I’m a huge fan and you inspire me right back.”

Blige in her speech, explained her resilience both in life and career: “People always ask, how do I sustain and stay relevant in this industry? It’s because, although I am a leader, a queen, and a living legend. … I’m a servant as well and I’m here to serve. Being a servant is not always glamorous or popular but it’s the job and the assignment that I was given. It’s because in order to be an authority, I had to learn how to come under authority because when the glory is placed on me I give it back to God immediately. This journey journey has always been bigger than me and my mission is not only just to survive right now, it’s to thrive and continue to make history while I do it.”

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My view: Rihanna looked gorgeous in her black leather outfit and Mary J Blige can dance.

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