Mary J. Blige will receive the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, and will also perform during the broadcast which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m PT on NBC.
The Icon Award recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts, and past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, and Pink.
"My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses, and now even my own music festival," Blige said. "Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by."