"Be Without You" is a song by American recording artist Mary J. It was written by Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Blige for her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough.
Produced by Cox and Ron Fair, it was released as the album's first official single in late 2005.
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.The music video for "Be Without You" was directed by Matthew Rolston and was shot on various locations in New York City in October 2005.Starring Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard in the role of Blige's boyfriend the video first aired on November 28, 2005.It peaked on AOL Videos Top 11 on the tenth spot on the January 21, 2006 entering the chart the first time and also the LAUNCH Music Videos Top 100 at the sixth position the same week.
The video begins in a black and white city where Blige is standing on top of the building as the song begins.Then, it shifts into a bathroom where Blige cleans out the mirror.