Patty Jackson and Mary J. Blige

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige will headline the 2017 Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. With this year's theme, "Everyone is a History Maker," it only seems fitting that Blige is at the top of the bill. 


Blige has made music history with a record eight multi-platinum albums, nine  Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), a 2012 Golden Globe  nomination, and five American Music Awards. Blige is a global superstar  who sells out arenas around the world. She has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.  Among female R&B singers, only Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston have  sold more albums.


Marking Wawa Welcome America's 25th Anniversary, the concert will honor the best-selling R&B group of all time - Boyz II Men - with 64 million albums sold.


The  trio has earned four Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, nine  Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, a Star on The Hollywood Walk  of Fame, and in 2011 a MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music throughout their 25-year career. In 2013, the  iconic group began a residency in Las Vegas at The Mirage Resort and  Casino in which they received a Casino Entertainment Award. Boyz II Men  will also appear at the “Celebration of Freedom Ceremony” at 10 a.m. on July 4th at  Independence Hall where the City of Philadelphia will officially  recognize their historic achievements in music and philanthropy.


This year's free July 4th concert will start at 7pm and culminate with fireworks at 9:30pm. More info on the complete 6-day (June 29th-July 4th) festival can he found here.