Mary J. Blige Honored by Vibe at Pre-Grammy Party

Babyface called her an icon; Diddy said she was like a sister; and Anita Baker credited her for helping secure her latest Grammy nomination.

There was no shortage of superlatives bestowed on Mary J. Blige on Friday night as Vibe magazine celebrated the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul's career, which has now spanned for more than two decades.  

"She's a musical soulmate, she's my sister, she's one of my best friends in the world," said Diddy, who has worked with Blige since the beginning of her career."Mary is our queen. ... There is no one to come after her."

Blige was feted during Vibe's first Impact Awards, which coincided with the magazine's 20th anniversary. The event included guests like MC Lyte, Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah. Blige appeared to wipe away tears at moments as she was lauded by one guest after another.

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