Mary J. Blizzard has found the perfect fashion designer for her Billboard Icon Award. On Sunday evening as she stepped onto the stage of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, the musician wore a look that must have been on the show. Custom gowns, designed by Puerto Rican Native Ray Artis, sparkle at every turn, reminding everyone of who the women of the time were.
Taking the cutouts and sequins to a new level of boldness, the black minidress features asymmetrical cutouts with a one-shoulder halter-neck design and multi-colored sequins along the sleeves and bodice. On the one hand, the shiny fabric flowed into a floor-length train. Blizzard finished with black strappy heels, a few diamond rings and silver hoops. She styled her hair into a top bun with a bang.
Janet Jackson presented the blues with a black Thom Brown maxi-skirt suit, complete with a tie and a top hat. The singer of “Real Love” is the 11th artist to receive this honor, but especially for black women, this difference has been felt for a long time.
“I’m in a dream right now. Thank you so much,” Blaise said in her acceptance speech. “The way the world is now, I think people think icons are born that way. They become legends overnight. But of course not. It takes a lot of time, hard work and a lot of trial and error to survive. Gaining generosity. To me. An icon means crossing the bar to do unimaginable things, and that’s what I’ve always represented. I’ve been on this journey for a long time … one that was full of heartache and pain ৷ but God let me channel those experiences and emotions into my music. Helped make it where I started … “
Earlier that evening, Blizzard appeared on the red carpet in a different but equally alluring gown. Styled by Jason Rembert, she wore a textured black ankle-length dress with a sloping neckline, a midsection cutout and a thigh-high slit, all made in a shiny fabric and by luxury fashion house Julian MacDonald. She also finished black strappy heels, consistent with her dress code for the night.
In front, look at the two stunning looks presented by the icon.