“My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses and now even my own music festival,” Blige said in a statement. “Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by.”


Additionally, this year’s nominees include frontrunners The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Kanye “It’s Really Just Ye Now” West, Drake and Givēon.

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Diddy, goes down Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.