R&B great Mary J. Blige has enjoyed a long and storied career, and the Grammys have rewarded her with nine trophies, from her first in 1996 to her most recent in 2009. But her six nominations this year will likely catch even hardcore Mary fans off-guard. Album of the year nominee “Good Morning Gorgeous” was an exemplary addition to her discography, but it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200. The title track, up for record of the year, topped out at No. 83 on the Hot 100. But they clearly struck a nerve with Grammy voters, who perhaps rekindled their affection for the queen of hip-hop soul after her performance alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Blige is also nominated in four R&B categories.
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