Beyonce Turns 31: Gwyneth Paltrow Leads Celebrity Birthday Wishes

Jay-Z's ladylove kicks off her first birthday as a mom with wishes from famous friends.

By Brandi Fowler
|  Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012  |  Updated 1:42 PM EDT
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Singer Beyonce celebrates her 31st birthday September 4.

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Thirty looked amazing on Beyonc. 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 Beyonc 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.

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"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!"

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.

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After announcing the news of her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards around this same time last year, Beyonc'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.

Take a look at Beyonc's hottest red carpet looks!

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