Growing up as the younger sister of Michael Jackson and the rest of the Jackson 5, it couldn’t have been easy for Janet Jackson to make her mark.

Yet the six-time Grammy winner not only set herself from the rest of her family, but she also quickly rose to the top of charts with hits like “Rhythm Nation,” “All for You” and “Miss You Much.”

In her early days, Janet also focused on acting before her music career truly took off with roles on “Good Times” and “Different Strokes.”

But it was her role on “Fame” with Debbie Allen that married her dueling passions in the mid-‘80s. After one season, she left to focus on her music, eventually going on to sell more than 26 million albums in the States.

Janet first truly broke through in 1986 with “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” scoring three Grammy nods for her album “Control.

From there, the legendary diva released her follow-up hit, “Rhythm Nation 1814,” and with the title track, nobody could say that Michael was the only gifted dancer in the Jackson family.

What followed was a string of successful records that included “janet.,” “The Velvet Rope” and “All for You.”

Then, of course, there was her much ballyhooed Super Bowl performance opposite Justin Timberlake in 2004. Following the outcry over her on-screen wardrobe malfunction, Janet took a step back from the public eye.

Since then, the undeniable pop icon has also taken a break from recording, releasing her last album “Discipline” in 2008.

But the recent years have been good to Janet, who tied the knot to Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2013.

Last year, the singer also revealed that she was “working on a new project now,” so here’s hoping that 2014 marks her glorious return.

So happy birthday, Janet. This is all for you. Wish Janet Jackson a happy birthday in the comments section below!

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Janet Jackson attends the Giorgio Armani fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

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