Mary J. Blige released a head-turning ensemble to accept the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
The queen of hip-hop and soul received this honor from Janet Jackson. Blige is the 11th artist to receive the Icon Award, which honors exceptional artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and left an indelible mark on music itself.
The award-winning R&B singer looked stunning in a sparkly one-shoulder mini dress. The sleek garment featured a turtleneck, plunging neckline, and risque cutouts along the bodice and near the hem. The dress also had multicolored patches on the bust and skirt and a modest side train.
To add an edge to her look, the “No More Drama” hitmaker accessorized with oversized hoop earrings, bangles, chunky diamond rings and pointed nails. She traded in her wavy blonde ponytail for a high bun and wispy bangs that framed her face. As for makeup, she continued to make a statement with a dark smokey eye and neutral lip.
As for shoes, the 10-time Billboard Music Award winner completed her ensemble with black strappy sandals. The high heels wrapped around her ankle and included a thin strap over the toe and rested on a stiletto heel.
The Billboard Music Awards are back in Las Vegas, celebrating music’s biggest stars and Diddy takes the stage as host. The BBMAs will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, in addition to the live broadcast on Peacock.
Before the start of the televised ceremony, the winners have already been announced, including Drake, who has won five awards for best artist, male artist, rap artist, male rap artist and rap album so far. Olivia Rodrigo and Kanye West, meanwhile, won six. Other nominees include Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd. Tonight’s performers include Ed Sheeran, Silk Sonic, Miranda Lambert, Travis Scott, as well as Billboard Icon Award-winning Mary J. Blige.
Check out all the celebrity arrivals at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards in the gallery.