Ron Howard, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Jay-Z

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Thirty looked amazing on Beyoncé. Thirty-one looks even better.

The "Love On Top" crooner celebrates her birthday today, and after a year full of monuments (including the birth of baby girl Blue Ivy), we can't imagine how Beyoncé will ring this one in…although something tells us her hubby Jay-Z has it covered

Ditto her famous friends, who took to B's own website to offer up their loving birthday wishes.

"For dear sweet BB on the occasion of her 31st birthday...we love you so very much. Love, Gwyneth, Chris, Apple and Moses," read the hand-scrawled notefrom the Paltrow-Martin household.

"Beyonce, Happy Birthday to youuuu! I love you so very much. I am so thankful you're in my life! Love Always, Michelle Williams," read her former Destiny's Child's bandmate's note. "P.S. Me & You will never part!"

Even Justin Bieber took to Twitter to honor the birthday babe, "oooohh yeah. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEYONCE!"

All told, it's been quite a year for Jay-Z's better half, who spent the weekend in Philly with her family...and, apparently, Ron Howard.

After announcing the news of her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards around this same time last year, Beyoncé's impending baby took over headlines, sending the media into a frenzy over speculations about her baby bump, her controversial hospital stay, and finally, pictures of the music power couple's adorable little one. 

In spite of the semi-drama that surrounded her pregnancy, the hot mama kept her head held high, was dubbed the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People, showed off a banging post-baby bod at her first concert since giving birth, and got tapped for one Epic film.

Now, that's the way to kick off a new year of life.

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