Exclusive Audio: Mary J. Blige Tells It to Us Straight

Mary J. Blige, the reigning diva of R&B, who recently received eight Grammy nominations for her 2005 album The Breakthrough, spoke to our Austin Scaggs about her music, her past and her pop-lock skills. Listen to choice excerpts of their interview:

Blige on the music that she listened to growing up, her first big performance and her break-dancing abilities.

Blige on singing's power to make her lose herself.

Blige reveals the struggles that inspired her album, The Breakthrough.

The singer on her friendship with Bono.