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Pop icon Britney Spears turns 40: a look back(25 images)

Grammy-winning pop icon Britney Spears, who was recently released from her conservatorship after 13 years, celebrates her 40th birthday on December 2, 2021. Here's a look back at her career.

Security personnel keep a watchful eye on zealous fans as Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of "Drive Me Crazy" in New York City on September 28, 1999. Earlier that year, Spears' "Baby One More Time" topped the Billboard singles and albums charts. Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
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Spears won Female Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on December 10, 1999. She was also awarded New Artist of the Year, Female Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year and Female Album Artist of the Year. Photo by Nasser Khan/UPI
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Spears performs live on "Today" in New York City on June 30, 2000. Earlier that year, Spears topped the Billboard video sales charts for "Time Out." Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
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Spears performs her song "Stronger" during her Got Milk Tour in Maryland Heights, Mo., on July 16, 2000. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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