6. Mariah Carey • March 27
Mariah Carey’s first husband, Columbia Records head Tommy Mottola helped to launch her career but after their divorce Mimi took the reins and established herself as a legendary diva with a signature style and an impressive five-octave vocal range. Granted, she has those spells when she’s just a big old mess—now, for example, after her split with Nick Cannon—but that only makes us love her more.

7. Selena• April 16
Selena Quintanilla, The Queen of Tejano Music, made a huge impact on Latin music here and in Mexico before she was murdered at only 23-years old. She paved the way for many of today’s pop stars and it was Jennifer Lopez‘s movie portrayal of her that kick started her incredible career.