This year, legendary artist Nina Simone is set to be inducted into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Mary J. Blige will present the posthumous award.
“I am such a huge Nina Simone fan, and am beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction,” Blige told Rolling Stone. Blige was supposed to play Simone in her biopic but was later replaced by Zoe Saldana, sparking controversy, so the presentation seems especially fitting.
In addition to Mary J. Blige presenting the award, Andra Day will perform to honor the legend. The ceremony will take place on April 14.
— Andra Day (@AndraDayMusic) April 1, 2018