Today we commemorate the 35th mortal year of Britney Jean Spears' existence--the official pop princess, duchess, countess, et al, who single-handedly changed modern pop music with her throaty croon, and divine dance-prowess.
We've gone through it all with her, the great, the...not-so-great, but came back with fury and glory: Britney's comeback has been triumphant, and we are better for her.
While every one has a favorite Britney moment--and there are countless: like her truly stellar, serpent-laden performance of "Slave 4 U" at the 2001 VMAs:
Her interview on Oprah, promoting Crossroads, in 2002:
(Here's that performance of a yung Britney and Justin Timberlake)
Her glorious medley at this year's Billboard Music Awards: