We think these celebrities are the greatest. But in personal letters to their mothers, these stars make clear that it’s their moms who are on top of the world.

“I don’t want to offend all the other parents, but I’ll put you up against anybody else’s mom.  I definitely have the best.” —kanye west

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“I love you both so much. You’re my heroes, my best friends. I can’t thank you enough for grooming me into the woman I am today.” —kelly rowland

“There were no restrictions on what I could accomplish. You gave me the gift of limitless possibilities. —essence atkins

You were my role model. When I saw you performing in a play, so powerful and fabulous and in control, I knew that’s what I wanted for myself. —rachel

Read Kanye’s, Kelly’s, Essence’s and Rachel’s Personal Letters in the May issue of Essence! On newsstands April 18, 2006.