Mary J Blige Performs New Single ‘Why’ On American Idol

The Queen Of Hip-Hop/Soul Mary J Blige sat down with the latest crop of American Idol hopefuls to prep them up for the night’s Whitney Houston/Stevie Wonder-themed episode. When it comes to vocals, Mary’s still got it after 20 years of being on top of her game. And after her role as a mentor, she took over the stage delivering a regal performance of her latest single ‘Why‘ featuring Rick Ross from her album ‘My Life Pt II, The Journey Continues (Act 1)‘. Although not one of the stronger cuts on the album in my opinion (I was expecting the soaring ballad ‘Empty Prayers‘ or the club-friendly ‘Feels Inside‘ feat. Nas to be the next single from her best album since 2005’s ‘The Breakthrough‘), Mary still delivered. It’s amazing how full and deep her vocals are, and how they’ve improved over a period of 20 years from the slightly raw, edgy and harsh sound of her classic 1992 d├ębut ‘What’s The 411‘ to being soulful and restrained on her latest album. Watch Mary belting it out like only she can right here :