Mary J. Blige Goes Deep On VMAs, Chris Brown And Her New Album

It's only three days until the Video Music Awards and things have really shifted into overdrive. Today I was down at the venue — the iconic Radio City Music Hall — where everyone has been working until the early hours of the morning to ensure that this year's show will be one of the most spectacular stages ever. Judging by what I've see so far, that's exactly what we'll see come Sunday night.

An artist fit for any VMA stage stopped by the studios today: The Queen of Hip Hop Soul herself, Mary J. Blige.

Mary J. Blige, for me, marks the beginning of my career here in the States. My first major gig for MTV here was hosting the pre-show at the 2007 Video Music Awards in Las Vegas, which was one of the best weeks of my life. Not only were we in the party capital of the universe, but I was part of the MTV News family and about to make my debut on American television — something that I had wanted for a very long time. Mary J. was my biggest interview of the night and was the perfect interviewee.

Today, she was as nice as ever. Dressed casually in some killer boots, jeans, a white tee and a black leather jacket, Mary J walked in the room as we sat down to talk about everything from her new movie "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" to working with Drake on "The One," the first single off her new album Stronger.

We talked about her new love for acting and how she's hard at work with acting classes, who she thinks is the hottest MC in the game right now, the return of R&B with Maxwell and Whitney Houston back on top and why Chris Brown is not in the video for "Stronger" despite being on the original song. We also gave her the opportunity to offer some clarity on the confusion surrounding whether she will be taking part in the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna later this month.

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We broke down the vibe and motivation behind her new album, and of course, with the VMAs taking place right here in her home city, we had to get one of New York's most famous resident to talk about what makes New York the best city in the world!