Last month, Blige was joined by the likes of Missy Elliott, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, Common and gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard for a virtual birthday celebration.
The latter kicked off the celebrations by singing “Happy Birthday,” and the star’s family and friends left messages for her big day.
Angela said: “Happy birthday, dearest darling Mary. I am so glad I get to live in a time and space where you exist…
“I am beyond thrilled that I have had moments to share the soft side of you and the exuberant side of you as well.”
Meanwhile, Common hailed Mary as “an inspiration” and even reminisced on the crush he had on her when he was younger.
He added: “You’re looking more beautiful, more vibrant, more in your greatness. You’re an inspiration.
“You’ve always been one of my favorite artists, and people I’ve gotten to connect with, in this whole business.
“And I always crushed on you when I was younger — when we were younger… You’re the queen.”