Mary bares a scar near her left eye, but has revealed she doesn't cover it up in photos because it is a part of who she is.
Mary's sister, LaTonya Blige DaCosta is also a singer and was her former manager before 2003.
Mary has performed "One" with Elliott Yamin during the fifth season finale of American Idol.
Mary has appeared on the cover of VIBE magazine eight times since 1995, more than any artist in the magazine's history.
At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, Mary was the artist with the most number of nominations for the year, eight, and winning three: Best R&B Album (The Breakthrough), Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance (Be Without You).
Mary performed "Runaway Love" with Ludacris and also her very own single "Be Without You" at The 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
Mary appears in Notorious B.I.G.'s videos "One More Chance" and "Big Poppa".
She is a four-time American Music Award winner and a nine-time nominee.
Mary has her own label called Matriarch.
Mary was invited to Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball in 2005.
Mary gave a very expensive watch to Ellen DeGeneres on the latter's talk show.
Mary asked Diddy and Mariah Carey to personally appear in her "No More Drama" video because she felt that they both had their fair share of drama in their lives.
The title track to Mary's song "No More Drama" samples from the theme song to The Young and the Restless.
Her mother, Cora Blige, survived a stabbing in 1987 by a neighbor.
Mary is married to Kendu Isaacs since December 7, 2003. They don't have kids together, but she is the stepmother of Kendu's three children.
Her music video No More Drama was shot the day right after September 11th, 2001.
Her hit song and music video Be Without You from her latest double platinum selling album Breakthrough, retired from BET's 106 & Park after 65 consecutive days of being on the countdown.
Her husband Kendu Isaacs helped her clean up her act and overcome her drug and alcohol addictions.
She never graduated from high school.
In 2006, she received the "Legend Award" at the World Music Awards.
Her albums My Life, Share My World, No More Drama and The Breakthrough were all certified 3x Platinum, each selling over 3 million copies in the US only.
Rapper Lil' Kim is one of her best friends.
She was a Directory Assistance operator before her singing career, which inspired her to name her first album What's The 411?.
Discography: What's The 411? (1992), My Life (1994), Share My Wolrd (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), The Breakthrought (2005), Reflections: A Retrospective (TBR).
Mary is a six-time Grammy Award winner and a was nominated twenty-three times.
Mary J. Blige's album "The Breakthrough" appeared near the end of 2005 and debuted at #1 on the album chart, selling over 700,000 copies in its first week.
She is recently 5'9".
Mary: Oprah was like, 'I didn't care for you, but it was when I got to know you that I realized who you were.' Though Oprah is now a friend, Mary is not surprised at her opinion. I understand somebody like her wouldn't even feel me at all. I'm a n*gga, you know what I'm sayin'? So when she said that to me, I was like, 'Thank you for that honesty.
Mary: (On Jamie Lynn Spears Pregnancy) Stay strong, baby girl, if that's her choice [to keep the baby], then congratulations. Hope she's responsible, and I hope she understands what that brings... You have to change your lifestyle up, so [your children] can look at you as an example. It's all about Mommy being an example, Jamie. That's what it's about.
Mary: The scar on my face, the lips that God gave me, the big giant feet, the long legs, whatever it is that I'm deformed with I got to love it, so everybody else can love it.
Mary: It almost kills me to say I'm in love, because as soon as men hear that shit, they're gone.
Mary: I don't know. Only God know's where the story ends for me, but I know where the story begins. It's up to us to choose, whether we win or lose and I choose to win.
Mary: My God is a God who wants me to have things. He wants me to bling. He wants me to be the hottest thing on the block. I don't know what kind of God the rest of y'all are serving, but the God I serve says, "Mary, you need to be the hottest thing this year, and I'm gonna make sure you're doing that."
Mary: I think Dre is one of the nicest producers I've ever worked with. He has so much class and he's very ego-less and that makes it easy to work with Dre.
Mary: I honor Aretha Franklin and respect her. I don't know her, but I love her because I look at my life and I see hers.
Mary: I don't want no drama in my life, even though we have a little bit, but no more letting people control you. That's drama, because then you become something that you're not.
Mary: That's the message I want to give to every up-and-coming artist: Do everything that is going to help you later. If you clone somebody else, that's all they're gonna keep wanting from you.
Mary: The streets respect me because I kept it real with me. You gotta be real with yourself, and the streets recognize game.
Mary: When I was little, like 7 to 15, there was nothing I wanted to do but go to church and go to school.
Mary: Working in the studio is a more personal experience whereas on stage in front of a billion people, it's more exciting performing live.
Mary: You demand respect and you'll get it. First of all, you give respect.
Mary: I love my fans. I love what I'm doing, period.
Mary: I mean, I know my heart is not clean, and your heart is not clean, and none of our urban hearts are clean. But you can be washed again.
Mary: Everything is scary if you look at it. So you just got to live.
Mary: You gotta take what you need, love them and respect them, and build your own foundation with it.
Mary: Don't give up, be positive and if you know someone who knows someone at a record company don't stop beating down their door till you get heard. Don't ever say it'll never happen or it'll never happen.
Mary: It was great to work with Jay-Z again, he's never let me down and given me a whack tune and Eve she's great and I love 50 cent, he's such a genuine person, when I met him I looked in his eyes and I knew that he is a real person and I have a lot of love for him.