By Michael Slezak
July 23, 2007 at 09:45 PM EDT

On first glance, you might find it a little cruel that PopWatch would celebrate Michelle Williams’ 27th birthday by reminding you of her humiliating tumble during Destiny’s Child’s performance of “Soldier” on BET’s 106th & Park from a couple years back. But you would be wrong. On the contrary, it’s Michelle’s gawky imperfection that makes her one of our favorite musical third wheels. She may sound like Macy Gray on helium, and move with all the grace of a three-legged pug wearing a veterinary cone, but that’s part of her appeal. She gets knocked down, but she gets up again. She’s a survivor, she’s gonna give up — she’s not gonna stop, she’s gonna work harder. And, since she can buy her own shoes, her own clothes, and even her own rock, all that’s left to give her are best wishes for a bootylicious B’day.