The singer explained why she decided not to take on the track and said “nothing about that song was Mary J. Blige.”
Mary J. Blige was visiting Watch What Happens Live when a fan asked why she decided not to take on “Umbrella.” She replied, “It was during Grammy time for me, it was a big Grammy time. I was nominated for eight Grammys and I was trying to get myself together for that. And during that time, that’s when ‘Umbrella’ came to me and I couldn’t do anything with it because I was so busy with my own life and I was like, you know what? It doesn’t even sound like me anyway,” she said.
Did Blige regret her decision? “No, because everything about that song was so tailor-made for Rihanna and nothing about that song was Mary J. Blige.” Can you imagine “Umbrella” as a Mary J. track?