As Mary J. Blige prepares to perform during the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 13, she faces the dilemma of selecting only one song to sing from her 30-year catalog.
The nine-time Grammy winner told Elle she's leaning toward "Family Affair" from her triple-platinum 2001 album "No More Drama." Blige, 51, said she believes "Family Affair" is appropriate because hip-hop has influenced family life around the world.
"We are the culture," she said. "We give people a way to walk. We give people a way to talk. We give people a way to think."
Blige won't be alone during the Super Bowl 56 halftime show, though; she'll be joined by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, who produced "Family Affair" and with whom Blige co-wrote the hit.
The "Be Without You" singer said this lineup represents hip-hop's global appeal.
"Hip-hop is East Coast. Hip-hop is West Coast. Hip-hop is Europe -- this is why it's going to be so major, because this is what the Super Bowl is showing to people," she said. "[Hip-hop] is everywhere."
Meanwhile, the "Mudbound" actress said the title of her upcoming album, "Good Morning Gorgeous," out Feb. 11, was inspired by her daily mantra during her painful 15-year marriage to Martin "Kendu" Isaacs, whom she divorced in 2018.
"I was feeling so low. I had to pay myself the highest compliments, even if I didn't believe it, just so I could build myself up," she said.
Blige said she still recites the same words every day: "Good morning, Gorgeous. I love you. I got you. I need you."