Mary J. Blige
is a nine-time Grammy winner (nominated 28 times!) and has countless other awards under her belt from the American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards
, BET Awards
and the list goes on. Now, it's quite possible Blige might snatch an Academy Award.
to rack up several Academy Award nominations such as lead actress, supporting actress, best director (John Singleton
is the first and only African-American to receive an Oscar nod, which was in 1991 for Boyz N The Hood
) and hopefully best film. Mary J. Blige might receive a nod for best original song due to the deeply soulful track "I Can See Color". The song was written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq
and LaNeah Menzies
Blige recently said that the director, Lee Daniels
, wanted a dark, bluesy track. The Yonkers icon explained, "I went into the studio and cried hard, reaching back."
We all know Blige is tired of singing the blues, but in this song she clearly channeled her painful roots. "I Can See In Color" aches with a coarse vocal and a simple but classic blues style that is impossible to not feel -- Blige might just win that Oscar. The only other African-Americans who have won Oscars for best original song are Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Irene Cara, Lionel Richie, and, most recently, Three 6 Mafia for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" -- no disrespect to Three 6 Mafia but if they can win an Oscar for that song Mary should be a shoe-in!
Take a listen to "I Can See In Color"!