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The Ballad Of Mary J

Precious Williams, Scotland on Sunday, 31 August 2003

MARY J BLIGE'S daunting reputation as a volatile, prickly diva has always threatened to eclipse her extraordinary vocal talent. Legend has it that her record label had to enrol her at an etiquette school after she challenged supermodel-turned-journalist Veronica Webb to a fist-fight during an interview. Other journalists have claimed that Blige routinely turns up to interviews not just late, but drunk – if she turns up at all, that is.

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