Mary J Blige Birthday: Star Turns 40 (VIDEO)

Famous R&B artist Mary J Blige is celebrating her landmark 40th birthday Wednesday.

The singer hit the charts for the first time in 1992 by releasing her debut album, “What’s the 411?” On that album was, what has become one of her most popular tracks to date, “Real Love,”

Blige is one of the first and biggest finds by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, and has become known as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time for her fresh beats and soulful music, which touches on the jazz and gospel scenes on a regular basis.

The popular artist has released hits throughout her near-two decades on the music scene, and is famous for numerous hit singles including "Not Gon' Cry," "Family Affair," "No More Drama" and "Be Without You.”

 Mary J. Blige Turns 40

Blige is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She has been recorded as the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B.

As of 2011, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.