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    Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson Bond During Billboard Icon Award to MJB

    Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson Fangirl over Each Other

    Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson broke barriers for many artists to come. At the same time the iconic sheroes admired each other for doing so.

    As Janet Jackson began to explain what makes an icon, the now mom and former Icon Award recipient tied together lyrics from several of Mary’s all-time hits before announcing her to come accept her award.

    “What makes an icon. Is it a multi decade of hits that not only hits, but those songs that make you feel a certain way when you hear them? And get a certain look on your face. You know the look that says, damn girl I understand. Yes.”

    “Mary J. Blige represents truth. Her work has always given us comfort because she sings me. She sings you. I reminisce but I’m not gon cry. Cuz even though sometimes it feels like everyday rains, I got no more drama.”

    Janet wasn’t the only starstruck one!

    Mary J. Blige also reciprocated the love. She started out her speech thanking the “Together Again” songstress for inspiring her many years ago.

    “Janet Jackson speaking of icon, you were always one of our biggest inspirations growing up.”

    As MJB continued her speech she said, “The way the world is now, people think icons are born that way,” said Blige, 51, while accepting her honor. “But that is definitely not the case. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and a lot of surviving trial and error to achieve greatness.”

    “What an icon means to me is overcoming obstacles to accomplish the unthinkable and be widely admired for having influence over a multitude of people, and that is what I’ve always represented.”

    Blige expressed her individuality and also one of many reasons why the black culture related and rocked with her so hard.

    “God helped me to channel those emotions into my music,” she said. “I was ghetto fabulous and I still am. So ghetto, so fabulous…and people were threatened by that. And now everybody wants to be ghetto fabulous.”

    “The message of my music has always been that we are not alone in out struggles,” Blige continued. “And I’m not alone now. For so long I was searching for a ‘Real Love,’ but I finally found my real love. And that real love is me. Who’s managing Mary J. Blige now? Me.”

    Check out the girl rave between Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson below.

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