The Queen of Hip Hop Soul partied with a number of her pals in New York City on Saturday (January 14), three days after her actual birthday. The party was held at the famous restaurant Cipriani and welcomed additional guests from the entire music, fashion and television industry, including Joey Bada$$Mysa Hilton, Angie Martinez, Papoose and stars from Power franchise.
On Monday (January 16), Mary J. Blige took to Instagram to share a few photos of her two party looks and thank her friends for helping her celebrate.
“WOW!!! What a night!!!,” the multi-platinum singer wrote. “There’s nothing like partying with people you really LOVE and who LOVE you back!!! That energy was crazy and unmatched!!! Thanks everyone for all the birthday LOVE!!! I am so beyond happy and still recovering from Saturday!!! #CapricornSeason”
Mary ended her 51st year with a bang as she could see two major non-musical projects just before the end of 2022.
In November, she announced the pending publication of her very first children’s book, Mary can!which is set to hit the shelves on March 28. Sharing “BIG NEWS” via Instagram, the “Real Love” singer debuted the book’s cover and revealed that the Ashleigh Corrin-illustrated story was officially available for pre-order.
Giving fans a glimpse of what to expect from the book, she added:Mary can! is an inspiring and motivating story about a young girl who proves that anyone can make their dreams come true if they just believe in themselves.
“It’s such a personal story for me, based on my own experiences as a child and even as an adult. I was so used to people telling me ‘no’ and that I ‘couldn’t,’ which only motivated me more . My hope with this book is that it instills in children from an early age that they can do anything they want to do. There are no limits to what they can accomplish!”
Weeks later, Mary J. Blige landed a new deal with BET and with a talk show titled Down the wine considered the first effort to come from the partnership. According to Deadline report, the new series will feature Mary having “raw, provocative, insightful and real” conversations with “the hottest, most outspoken” celebs in their respective fields over wine. She will also produce.
The show is part of a first-look unscripted deal between the network and the legendary singer’s Blue Butterfly media company that launched in 2019. And it’s quite likely that guests will be sipping Mary’s Sun Goddess wine, which she launched alongside the Italian wine producer. Marco Fantinel in 2020.
“BET has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my career,” Mary J. Blige said in a statement. “To now be able to co-create for them to be so supportive of my vision for the type of content I want to create is something I’m grateful and excited about. We already have several projects underway and there There is much more to come.”
All in all, 2022 was a big year for Mary, and it started with her nostalgic Super Bowl halftime performance together with dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. After the performance, streams of her 2001 song “No More Drama” were seen a massive increase of 520 percent.
Mary released her 14th studio album, Good morning beautifulthe same weekend as her Super Bowl performance, and that received six Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. The multi-hyphen also continued its role as Monet in Power Book II: Ghost and was even commemorated with its own day in Atlanta.
And in addition to its partnership with BET, Blue Butterfly has also announced a first-look scripted deal with Lionsgate Television.
See additional photos from Mary J. Blige’s 52nd birthday party below.