Fresh off of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards, Mary J Blige has inked a new business deal that adds to her ever-growing living legend status.
Blige, through her production company Blue Butterfly Productions, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate to produce several TV shows. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the agreement also includes creating content for Lionsgate's other platforms as well.
"I couldn't be more excited to be working with Lionsgate," Blige said in a statement. "They are incredible collaborators and have been natural partners from when we first started talking. I can't wait to bring all of our projects to life."
"Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We're delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice," Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs added. "Every art she touches blossoms, and we're humbled she's chosen us as her home. We look forward to all the exciting new content Mary and her Blue Butterfly banner will bring to our television slate and Lionsgate 360 orbit."
The Oscar-nominated artist isn't stopping there; Blige will appear in the new VH1series "Scream: Ressurection." The Queen Latifah-produced series also stars Keke Palmer, CJ Wallace, and Paris Jackson and will premiere July 8. Blige has also joined the cast of the film Pink Skies Ahead. The "No More Drama" singer will play a therapist name Dr. Monroe.
Before accepting the 2019 BET Awards Lifetime Achievement, Rihanna paid homage to the singer with a heartfelt introduction. "Happy Mary, Sad Mary, No More Drama Mary, Dancing Mary—we're here for all of it," the "Work" singer said. "Mary J. Blige, you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry, and on behalf of all the women who came after you like myself, thank you for being you so we could feel comfortable being ourselves."
Following her loving speech where she thanked everybody from her mom to Diddy, Blige shut down the award show with a medley of some of her classic songs including "My Life," "No More Drama" and "I'm Goin' Down." Lil Kim made a special guest appearance to perform "I Can Love You," and Method Man surprised the audience when he and Blige performed "I'll Be There For You."