Mary J. Blige receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Giving her speech Mary and Diddy became close after he produced her debut album'What¿s the 411?, in 1992

Giving her speech Mary and Diddy became close after he produced her debut album'What’s the 411?, in 1992

During the emotional ceremony, Blige recalled her childhood in the projects in NY and the big dreams that helped her become the star she is today.

Blige has been nominated for 31 Grammys and won nine. She was recently awarded her own star on the Hollywood Wall of Fame.

"I'm so grateful for this star right now because I've earned it probably three times", Blige said. I say that with confidence and not arrogance. It set me free from all of the negativity and confusion that was happening outside of our home. "I know my work and I understand what this means".

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Blige gushed about Combs, saying he helped keep her going in the hard times.

Rap mogul Sean Combs and music producer Andre Harrell were among those joining Blige at the ceremony.

"I am feeling like a proud father", Harrell, who founded Uptown Records, the label that signed Blige in 1989, said. She pours everything into a record and into a performance.

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The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul was celebrated for her stellar career with one of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment business. "We started from nothing". I used to pick Mary up from the projects, and we would just drive down the highway in NY and just - we would just dream. "Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility for those going through the same thing", Combs said. We wanna be big, we wanna be something for our people.

Fans from various parts of the nation, including Oakland, California and Chicago, Illinois came specifically to support Blige, their favorite singer, as she shared her world in the California sunshine.

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