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VH1's 'Dear Mama' - Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige & More Perform Mother's Day Tributes [WATCH]

by Wanda J Coppage   May 11, 2016 12:17 PM EDT

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The VH1 Mother's Day Special, Dear Mama, aired Sunday with some memorable moments from entertainers, who shared heartfelt messages with their mothers on that special day with live performances from Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, Boyz II Men and more.

VH1 presented the hour long Mother's Day special, Dear Mama, on Sunday night and packed it full of celebrities, their families and of course, their mothers who love them. Black-Ish actor Anthony Anderson served as host for the night and set the tone for the abundance of love and admiration given to all the mothers that night. In his opening, he referenced the struggles that the mothers of Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah had to endure before these women became the successful sensations that they are today.

"Sure Alicia Keys can play the piano now," explained Anderson as Keys and her mother sat in the audience. "But imagine when she was snot-nose Alicia Keys with the pigtails who couldn't play a lick. Her mama had to sit through the those painful practices and tell her, 'baby one day you're gonna win a grammy'."

"Think about Queen Latifah's mama," Anderson joked. "How can you discipline a child when her name is Queen?"

The "U.N.I.T.Y." rapper graced the stage to perform a rendition of her mom's favorite song, "Poetry Man" by Phoebe Snow, and also shared a touching video clip of she and her mother, Rita Owens, who is undoubtedly her daughter's best friend. Even though they have experienced some hardships in life, like losing her brother in 1992 and Rita being diagnosed with Scleroderma, they have remained as tight and close as ever.

"We have our struggles, Queen Latifah explained during the mother's day video clip according to Essence. "It's my mom! Anything you have come to know me as, any of that stuff you see on TV and movies and stuff does not exist without this woman right here."

Similarly, the Smith children; Willow, Jaden and Trey, spoke lovingly of their mother and stepmother, Jada Pinkett Smith.

"My mother has taught me about being a strong woman," Willow explained in her VH1 Mother's Day video. "Through being okay with her emotions and not thinking about vulnerability as being a weakness." Her children spoke highly of her drive, her perseverance and even some of her talents that no one knows about but them, like how fabulous of a painter she is. But, it was the surprise arranged by her husband, Will Smith, that happened during the show that brought Pinkett-Smith to her feet and to tears -- a live medley performance from Mary J Blige.

Watch more moments from the Mother's Day 2016 show click here.

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