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Watch Mary J. Blige Talk About Being Part Super Bowl Halftime LVI Show

Days following the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, Mary J. Blige spoke with Hot 97 about positive and negative responses to the performance.

Mary J. Blige isn’t dropping her crown anytime soon. During a recent stop at Ebro in the Morning, Blige spoke with hosts Ebro Darden, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez about being a part of the first full hip-hop Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday. In case you missed it (lol), The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed alongside headliners Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem with special appearances from 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak.

At the 11-minute mark, Mary J. Blige reflected about the performance as being one of the best moments of her life, saying that it was “up there” with performing at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

“I was nervous until I got on the stage,” she told Darden. “I was nervous in all the rehearsals — everybody was nervous. Everyone. But that was a huge moment.”

During the halftime show, Blige performed her 2001 hits “Family Affair” and “No More Drama”. Post-Super Bowl, Darden said that he noticed backlash on social media geared toward the halftime show.

“There’s definitely an energy around people feeling as if the performance at halftime was somehow, uh, it was too raunchy, or it was too real,” Ebro said around the 21-minute mark. “Or, ‘How did these gangster rappers get on stage?’ Have you seen that conversation at all?”

“No, I haven’t,” Blige responded. “That’s a small conversation compared to how huge that is. Like, hip-hop is here. It’s more than just a small thing. It’s just as big as rock ‘n’ roll right now. I don’t pay attention to all of that. I’m just paying attention to how we got raised up. Someone looked at us—well, somebody looked at [Dr.] Dre and said, ‘We need you.’ And Dre looked at me and said, ‘I want you.’ And so on and so forth with all his friends. So, I really don’t care about [the backlash].”

Brushing off the haters, Blige is continuing the rollout for her new album, Good Morning Gorgeous which released last Friday.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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