Nine. Four. Eight. One.

As fans of Beyoncé know, today marks a big day for the superstar, as she celebrates her 38th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 4. (And if you don't have the spoken intro to "Get Me Bodied" off her second studio album, the appropriately-entitled B'Day, running through your head right now, can you really even call yourself a fan?) Though she kicked off the festivities a little early this year, celebrating backstage with hubby Jay-Z and other close friends at the Made in America Festival after standing in awe of Lizzo's set, it's time to do things right and pay proper tribute to our one true Queen.

Bey's mom Tina Knowles—aka the woman we have to thank for bringing the otherworldly icon down to Earth on this very day 38 years ago—already got things going for us, sharing a special message for her daughter on Instagram. "38 years ago today you came into my life and I know without a shred of doubt that God sent you!!!" she captioned a sweet snapshot of the mother-daughter duo. "I had recently lost my mom and never thought that I could feel that particular kind of love again but 7 months later I was pregnant with you (39 years ago people). The moment I saw you I knew that that was IT !!!! We've been the best of friends since then. You have brought me such Joy and pride and love and friendship!!! Your heart is as big as Texas!! You are one of the best moms ever! And I love you soo much. Have the best birthday EVER!!!! Mom."

But now it's our turn. 

2019 has been a massive year for Queen Bey with the icon securing the No. 2 spot on Forbes' list of the top 10 highest-paid women in music, and when you take a look at all she's accomplished since turning 37 a year ago, it's not hard to see why. Join us as we blast our Best of Bey playlist and do this day right!

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Beyonce, Jay Z, GLAAD Media Awards

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Beyonce Knowles, The Lion King Premiere, Red Carpet Fashion

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The Lion King London Premiere, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Beyonce, Jay-Z

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Beyonce, Homecoming, 2018 Coachella

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Beyonce, Vogue, Video

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Happy birthday, Bey!

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