Janet Jackson is blowing out 45 candles today, and with a life as fabulous as hers, this Jackson has a lot to celebrate.

Through the years, Janet’s music has been the soundtrack to our lives. And it seems like we’ve celebrated every musical and non-musical milestone with her — from starring as Penny on “Good Times’ to asserting her womanhood on “Control” and perfecting her acting chops in movies like “Why Did I Get Married?” and “For Colored Girls.”

Along the way, she not only influenced our music, but our hairstyles and fashion (who can forget wanting a key in their earring just like Janet?).

Today, as this diva turns 45, we take a moment to thank her for the love and grace she has shown us as her fans. We love you, Janet! Happy Birthday!



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