“Be Without You” is a song by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Blige for her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough. Produced by Cox with Geffen producer Ron Fair, it was released as the album’s first official single in late 2005.
Ranking among the most played songs on US radio in the year 2006, the single was certified double platinum by the RIAA in 2007. With 15 weeks at number one, and a 75 week span on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it is the most successful R&B song in the 50 year history of that chart. It is also one of Mary J. Blige’s most successful singles to date, peaking at 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 . The song was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year and won the Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance categories at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.