Mary J. Blige usually brings her A game for televised performances, and her time on stage at Sunday’s (Nov. 20) American Music Awards was no different. It was what she did at the end of her performance, however, that really stood out.
Blige performed her newest single, “Mr. Wrong,” at the AMAs, and she pretty well nailed it. It was a slow burn of a performance, building up to one of her trademark dramatic climaxes.
As she finished the song, though, she provided one of the show’s few goose-bump moments with a simple but heartfelt tribute to her friend and fellow artist Heavy D, who died on Nov. 8. Heavy D was one of the first artists signed by Uptown Records, and Blige followed a few years later.
Blige also remembered Heavy D at a show in Los Angeles on Friday, saying “if it wasn’t for him and Uptown Records, there would be no Mary J. Blige.”
What did you think of Blige’s tribute to the Overweight Lover, and of her performance at the AMAs?