Mary J Blige confused guests at the Vibe Music Awards in America when she congratulated herself for not committing suicide.

The R+B star took to the mic after accepting the Vlegend Award on Saturday (12NOV05), and mistakenly likened herself to a phoenix - the mythical beast who rose from the ashes.

Blige - who has struggled with drugs, alcohol and depression in the past - said, "Like a phoenix, I stayed strong and didn't kill myself."