"With a career of landmark achievements, including eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a SAG nomination, Mary J. Blige has remained a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era," the network said in a statement Wednesday.
See Blige become the latest Lifetime Achievement honoree when the 2019 BET Awards, hosted by Regina Hall, are broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles June 23 at 8 p.m. ET.
Blige's 2019 has already been a stacked one, with her new Nas collab "Thriving" arriving in May, fresh off the critical and commercial success of her memorable turn in the Netflix adaptation of Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy. Blige plays an assassin named Cha-Cha in the series, which was recently confirmed to be returning for a second season.
"As soon as I read the script, I was like, 'I need to play her,'" Blige told British Vogue earlier this year of the role, for which she received some weapons training at a police academy in Los Angeles. "She's a badass female out there assassinating people."