So who are several of the most influential powerful and iconic black musicians of all time then and now? Travel through our list to determine (in case your favorite artist makes the cut). Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive nor is it in any order of preference. This is simply an acknowledgement of some of the artists who altered the history of music who we have to thank for some of the biggest artists today.


Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Usher sang in church choirs but desired entry straight into the mainstream music industry by performing in talent shows. At age 12 he moved with his mother and brother to Atlanta, Georgia and 2 down the line he secured a recording deal with LaFace Records. The album “Usher” was introduced in 1994. With the 15-year-old singer moving beyond his choirboy background by proclaiming that “it’s merely a sexual thing” on the slow-groove single “Can U Get wit It.” The album  wasn’t mainstream success, so Usher spent the next couple of years creating the follow-up, My Way (1997). This album marked him as a significant R&B star. His singles “You Make Me Wanna” and “Nice & Slow” became huge R&B hits. In onstage concerts, he proved his stance as a dancer which was as important as his singing.

Usher’s sophomore album, 8701 (2001), further cemented his legitimacy as seductive, appealing, and bankable artist. The album 8701 granted Usher 2 number-one pop hits, “U Remind Me” as well as “U Got It Bad,” and his 1st two Grammy Awards. On his fourth album, Confessions (2004), he extended his assortment beyond ballads, collaborating with Atlanta rapper Lil Jon and Ludacris on the boisterous {radio-dominating single “Yeah!” Confessions eventually sold more than 10 million records within the United States alone and earned Usher 3 Grammy Awards – for best contemporary R&B album, best R&B performance by a duo for “My Boo,” a duet with Alicia Keys), and best rap/sung collaboration (for “Yeah!”). Meanwhile, Usher went on to make appearances in a variety of television shows, including the drama American Dreams (2002) in the role of Marvin Gaye. In 2005 he starred as a disc jockey who shields a mobster’s  child in the film In the Mix, the following year he portrayed Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway musical Chicago.

All these accomplishments are only just a taste of what Raymond accomplished in his earlier years.  He goes on to achieve a plethora of accolades and be a family man all while doing so. Usher is certainly STILL VALID. He is a force that can’t be tamed, and a true mirror image of what Black Entertainment Live exemplifies.


Mary J. Blige

When Mary J. Blige’s debut album, What is the 411?, reach the roadways within July 1992, critics as well as fans had been floored by its effective mixture of contemporary soul and edgy hip hop output which glanced off of the ache as well as resolution of this singer’s New York upbringing. Blige immediately became an unique pressure of R&B, and also through a three decade career has put the whole power of the voice of her behind the music of her, exorcizing the demons of her and consequently softening the style of her, but never ceding the rank of her as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. Each 1 of the singer’s suitable studio albums has debuted in the Top 10 belonging to the Billboard 200, highlighted by way of a streak of 5 multi platinum titles lasting via No More Drama (2001), as well as Best R&B Album Grammy honours for The Breakthrough (2005) as well as Growing Pains (2007). As she carried on to add to the rich catalog of her in the 2010s, a brand new model of artists cited her as an impact and desired her for collaborations.  The energy even helped carry the more modern sounding 2001 discharge No More Drama, a profoundly personal album which remained a collective attempt musically yet reflected much more of Blige’s songwriting compared to any of the previous efforts of her. The Mary J. Blige on No More Drama looked long distances away from the flashy child on What is the 411?, however, it was nonetheless easy to watch the route through the music of her which created a more mature, wiser, however expressive artist. In 2003 she was reunited with P. Diddy, who created the vast majority of this year’s patchy Life and Love album. The Breakthrough followed 2 years later on and was a remarkable accomplishment, spawning a couple of significant singles. By the December 2006 discharge of Reflections (A Retrospective), The Breakthrough’s lead individual, Be Without You, had expended almost a season on the R&B chart, even though the album’s fifth individual, Take Me as I’m, had been on exactly the same chart for more than 4 months. A season later, Blige announced the eighth studio album of her, Growing Pains. It was her third consecutive studio album to top the Billboard 200 as well as the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts. While on tour with Robin Thicke throughout 2008, Blige started concentrating on Stronger with Each Tear, that had been released near the conclusion of the following season and then arrived a single area light of topping the Billboard 200. My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act one) implemented in 2011 with looks from Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Drake, and Beyonc . Like her previous 9 studio albums, it hit yellow status. (Her first 8 surpassed gold to achieve either platinum or maybe multi platinum status.) Blige’s following significant action was a featured look on Kendrick Lamar’ sNow or perhaps Never, from the deluxe edition belonging to the Grammy nominated Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.

Again, we can go on and on about  Queen Mary J. These are just a few examples of our Beloveds accomplishments. She is certainly what Black Entertainment Live Exudes.


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