Family affair

Mary J. Blige explains why ‘Family Affair’ is the perfect song for the Super Bowl halftime show

Blige will perform alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

As Mary J. Blige prepares to perform at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 13, she faces the dilemma of selecting just one song to sing from her 30-year-old catalog.

The nine-time Grammy winner told Elle she was leaning towards “Family Affair” from her 2001 triple-platinum album “No More Drama.” Blige, 51, said she thought “Family Affair” was 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 in the Super Bowl 56 halftime show, however; 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 the lineup represents the global appeal of hip-hop.

“Hip-hop is the east coast. Hip-hop is the west coast. Hip-hop is Europe – that’s why it’s going to be so important, because it’s is what the Super Bowl shows people,” she said. “[Hip-hop] is everywhere.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Mudbound’ actress said the title of her upcoming album, ‘Good Morning Gorgeous,’ which will be released Feb. 11, was inspired by her daily mantra during her painful 15-year marriage to Martin. Kendu” Isaacs, whom she divorced in 2018.

“I felt so bad. I had to give myself the biggest compliments, even though I didn’t believe it, just so I could build myself up,” she said.

Blige said she always recites the same words every day: “Hello, Gorgeous. I love you. I got you. I need you.”