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Mary J Blige to play London's O2 Arena (2008)

Mary J Blige

Story by Jack Foley

MARY J Blige will be heading back to UK shores this summer for her first nationwide UK tour in five years.

She will showcase tracks from her recent album Growing Pains, alongside classic tracks from her 15-year career.

Three tour dates have been announced so far, commencing with a night at London’s O2 Arena and culminating at Birmingham’s NEC.

The tour dates are (all June 2008):

3 – O2 Arena, London
5 – MEN Arena, Manchester
6 – NEC, Birmingham

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, March 14.

Mary J Blige – often dubbed “the high priestess of soul” – was nominated for eight Grammy Awards in December 2006 (the most any artist achieved that year) and took home Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song (both for Be Without You), and Best R&B Album for The Breakthrough at the awards ceremony held in February.

Mary also won nine Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, two BET Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Soul Train Award in conjunction with The Breakthrough.