Mary J. Blige looking on the bright side after Oscar snub
February 10th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Mary J. Blige looking on the bright side after Oscar snub

Patton Oswalt and Daniel Radcliffe weren't the only ones feeling the burn of being overlooked by the Academy: R&B star Mary J. Blige says she too was disappointed that her song, "The Living Proof" from "The Help," wasn't nominated in the best original song category.

The artist tweeted about it when the nominations were announced, and tells CNN that the snub "hurt because we put our heart and soul into it and we worked really hard."

"You know, I wrote that song from [the] heart," she went on, adding that she's chalking it up to a learning experience. "I believe that God has something better. When something like that happens you just got to look at the bright side and say, 'Something better will come along.'”

Blige, who is also part of Bono's (RED) initiative, which helps combat HIV/AIDS, says she's happy that she's able to do something better with her stardom.

“I believe we lend our celebrity status to something because people will say, ‘Well if they are doing it, then we want to be a part of it too.' And I just don’t feel that we were given these careers and this platform and all of this superstar status to just be selfish with it. And the gift that we’ve been given is to draw people in.”


soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. SKY

    THE FIRST PERSON THAT SAYS THE "N" WORD, REGARDLESS OF RACE TO ME THEY BECOME ONE....
    ITS FUNNY CAUSE IN MY MIND – I AM THINKING YOU ARE A "N" AND THEY KNOW IT, THEY ARE JUST
    TO EMBARRASSED TO SAY ANYTHING....SO DON'T FOR THIS!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. YouKnowWhat

    It sounds racist, but it's probably not. The kid probably has no idea what he is saying. All he knows is he gets no attention, is lonely and starved for any kind of human interaction, even being scolded at by others. He chooses whatever is most inflammatory to each topic, types away and waits for all the attention to roll in. Kid is just socially mal-adjusted and desperate.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    Racism is alive & well in the Oscar nomination process & on this thread! The song was beautiful, the movie was poignant & the theme should have been nominated! But, alas, MJB is a little too hip-hop for the Academy! Oh well, maybe next year!!

    February 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Miller Gold

    If she hadn't left Ari's agency, she would have got the nomination. Don't mess with Ari.

    February 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. teddy1

    Mary Should have had Celine Dion record that song. Then it would have been nominated, would win, and Mary would get the oscar.

    February 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dawn01

    better get this http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    February 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    It amuses me when individuals say their work should have been nominated for something. Such modesty is so becoming

    February 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sokman

    Happy Birthday Sarah Palin

    February 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lourdes bigay

    Truth but not the truth i can expect you to say something like that look where you live . Sarah Palan is also from Alaska the land of the crazy.

    February 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SKY

    FACT: AND THAT IS THE TRUTH......(2TIMONTHY 3:1-5) SAYS IN THE "LAST DAYS"
    PEOPLE WOULD HAVE "NO NATURAL AFFECTION"
    BUT WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE BY THEIR SPEECH.

    February 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SKY

    @TRUTH- (JAMES 3:15-17) "THE WISDOM FROM ABOVE DOES NOT MAKE PARTIAL DISTINCTIONS,
    NOT HYPOCRITICAL, BUT BITTER WORDS OF JEALOUSY CONTENTIOUSNESS THIS IS NOT THE WISDOM
    FROM GOD, BUT IS "DEMONIC" EARTHLY, ANIMAL. WHERE THERE IS HATE, CONTENTIOUSNESS
    THERE IS DISORDER AND EVERY VILE THING....PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING USED BY THE DEVIL
    ARE EXPOSE BY WHAT THEY SAY.....

    February 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Coolbreeze

    MJB get a prize for that crap? N1GG@ PLEEZE!

    February 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ffd

    She has to realize that just because she made a song, she doeant deserve an award, let alone recognition, boo hoo

    February 11, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Carl Jung

    Seriously, WTH?!

    February 11, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Truth

    sheeeew. i can smell those stinky smellies from here in Alaska. thank goodness there arent too many spear chucking kneegrow cannibals here. alaska is a ok.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy1

      Comments like that, Mrs. Palin, are the reason you will never be president.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharper

      The Truth is the type of person that hides behind wall posts. This is all he or she knows. Step out of the barn and give your lover a break you ignorant f–k.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dramo

      Jesus died for you too, If you call him he will answer and heal the hurts of ur wounded heart. Only someone with open sores and lots of voids and emptiness will spew it out on others happiness. I see u in the spirit and I know GOD will answer my prayer for you. LORD in ur son JESUS mighty name, you see this one who call him/her self truth, cause ur Holy Spirt to heal those deep emotionall scars that causes them to try to hurt and anger others because of where they are in life. LORD send ur mercy and heal that heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh, a new heart, a healed heart. In the name of JESUS, ur son, and my SAVIOR AMEN!!! (now dats the TRUTH)

      February 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Truth

    A smelly stinky unclean sweaty hairy unwashed j!ggaboo n!gger that cant sing and smells the place up with her stinky n!gger self. Plus I bet she has never use deodoranr in her life and probably never takes baths. Thats just the way the j!ggaboos roll baby.

    February 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • unknownt

      i can not understand why you would write such hate but i guess when your mom has been with many that is your problem.

      February 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      I dare you to say something like that to my face. Internet thugs crack me up.

      February 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • dram

      so sorry ur so misberably sad. I pray the LORD has mercy on ur soul ,,, smh Please LORD erase this person's pain !!!

      February 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • nikki7885

      You probably wish you were black. People like you always make racist comment about black people but the truth is you want to be us. You want a black boyfriend. You want a dark tan. You want fuller lips. You want a big butt. You don't have these things. Therefore, you make ignorant racist comments because you hate the person you are. I bet your ex white boyfriend left you for a black woman and that is why you are bitter. Too bad. Black is beautiful!

      February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. victor

    people u are just a bunch of haters. love mary j blidge lover her song if u dont liker hersong just dont buyy her album and that it
    . why people are such haters

    February 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. SKY

    FACT: GET OVER IT, JUST BECAUSE YOU PUT YOUR HEART AND SOUL INTO SOMETHING YOU
    LIKE DOES NOT MEAN EVERYONE LIKES IT....NOW THE REAL PROBLEM IS THIS,
    WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT PAIN AND SORROWS THERE IS ENOUGH
    DEPRESSION IN THIS WORLD, AND SHE NEEDS TO MOVE ON MAYBE TO
    ACTING NO MORE DANCING – JUST KNOW YOUR TIMING.

    February 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Real Talk

    The Academy Scoring members made a huge mistake not to nominate "The Living Proof". Such a beautiful song ! People relate to pain and joy .. Bottom Line !
    And Mary J is the best in todays music to translate emotion in song and at concerts. Trust me Hollywood is begging her to sing a song for there film project.. And the Oscar opportunity will present itself again. Her talent cannot be denied ..
    Bow down to Queen MJB !!

    February 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. be quiet

    Hmmm, I wonder if this "snub" will force her to write 159 more songs about how she's bout to get real and overcome the pain of all the wrongs she has suffered in her life.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |

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