R+B star Mary J Blige used her acceptance speech at last weekend's (12-13NOV05) Vibe Awards to blast the magazine for her "disgusting" cover girl photo.

The once-shy singer, who collected a lifetime achievement award at the glitzy event, launched into a tirade against the publication's editor MIMI VALDES for allowing the image to be published.

She stormed: "I have to tell you this, the photo of me on the cover is disgusting. I can't believe you would put a photo like that on your cover."

Valdes has yet to respond, reports gossip site PageSix.com.