Mary J. Blige Brings TIME100 Gala Guests to Their Feet

Mary J. Blige knows how to get a party started, and how to end one with a bang.

She closed out the TIME100 Gala on Wednesday night in New York City by bringing her fellow honorees and gala guests to their feet

For Blige, a Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated, multi-talented icon who has been a fixture of show business

“I never dreamed in a million years I’d be on the cover of TIME Magazine,” she told TIME.

Blige had a breakout moment at February’s Super Bowl LVI, where she joined fellow hip-hop icons Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre,

Blige performed “Good Morning Gorgeous” off of her latest album of the same name, riffing to appreciative applause.

She then asked the audience to stand for her all-time hit “Family Affair,” a request the crowd was happy to oblige.

Returning after two years on pause, the TIME100 Gala is TIME’s annual celebration of the TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people

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