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Shania Twain at 50: See the Retiring Superstar’s Career in Photos

From bare midriffs to Superbowl performances, the best snapshots from a blockbuster career

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Country-pop superstar Shania Twain turns 50 on August 28th, 2015.

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Shania Twain turns 50 today, adding another milestone to a 25-year career that's full of landmark albums, chart-topping hits and bare midriffs. To celebrate, she's gearing up for another leg of her Rock This Country tour, which will help bring her days on the road to a close. "I want to write more music," she told Rolling Stone Country this summer, explaining her decision to retire from performing once the tour wraps. "I'd like to spend a lot more time doing that. I'd like to make more records. I want to write for other people. I'd like to write more books." If that sort of "retirement" sounds busy, take a look this collection of photos from Twain's career, which just how how active she's been since kicking off her career in the mid-Nineties. 

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NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 6: Singer Shania Twain attends the Sixth Annual Billboard Music Awards on December 6, 1995 at New York Coliseum in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

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1995 Billboard Music Awards

Twain flaunts the midriff made famous by her "Any Man of Mine" video at the Billboard Music Awards in December of 1995. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!," her second Number One single, had just been released the previous month. 

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 727 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Shania Twain and host Jay Leno on July 12, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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1995 ‘Tonight Show’ Performance

Twain serenaded Tonight Show host Jay Leno on July 12th, 1995.

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Shania Twain during The 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

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1996 Grammy Awards

Twain's first career Grammy award was for Best Country Album, for The Woman in Me.

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File Photo of Shania Twain at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

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1996 American Music Awards

Twain's Best New Country Artist win at the 1996 AMAs was one of many milestones in the first year that the singer started racking up honors outside of her native Canada. 

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Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Shania Twain and Celine Dion (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

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1998 VH1 Divas Live

For VH1's annual girl-power show, Twain joined Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Carole King and Celine Dion as the night's headliners.

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2/24/99 Los Angeles, Ca. Madonna And Shania Twain Backstage At The 41St Annual Grammy Awards. (Photo By Ron Wolfson/Getty Images)

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1999 Grammy Awards

Twain, pictured here with Madonna, took home two trophies at the 1999 Grammy Awards: Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "You're Still the One." The superstar has five total Grammys to date.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Charles (R) talks to Canadian country star Shania Twain (L) after she performed on stage during the Party in the Park in aid of The Princes' Trust in Hyde Park, London, 04 July 1999. (Photo credit should read STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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1999 London Concert

Twain shares a smile with Prince Charles at London's Party in the Park. The event, which benefited the Princes' Trust, included performances by Twain, Mary J. Blige, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Culture Club and several other artists.

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Shania TWAIN; posed (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)

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1999 Photo Shoot

This portrait shot was taken the year Twain won Entertainer of the Year at both the ACM Awards and CMA Awards.

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2000 Concert

Twain's 'Come On Over' Tour won Pollstar's Country Tour of the Year award in both 1998 and 1999. She continued traveling in 2000 but did not release the followup to her Come On Over album until 2002, with the double-disc Up!

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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: Photo of Shania TWAIN; Shania Twain performs on the NBC 'Today Show' Concert Series in New York City on November 29, 2002. Photos by GNA (Photo by GNA/Redferns)

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‘Today’ Show in 2002

Twain performed on the NBC 'Today' show concert series in New York City on November 29th, 2002.

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2003 American Music Awards

During the 2003 AMAs, Twain was introduced by Britney Spears and performed two songs, including "Up," during which she climbed a giant staircase up to the balcony of the Shrine Auditorium. 

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Willie Nelson’s 70th Birthday in 2003

Twain sang "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" with the legendary Willie Nelson at his April 2003 birthday celebration at New York's Beacon Theatre.

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SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26: Singer Shania Twain performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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2003 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Twain scored the coveted gig of performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVII, in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders.

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Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)

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2004 BMI Country Awards

Twain poses with a woman who blazed trails for her, the legendary Loretta Lynn.

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FRANCE - FEBRUARY 11: Shania Twain performs at Bercy in Paris, France on February 11, 2004. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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2004 Concert in Paris

Twain performs during her final year of touring before taking nearly a decade-long break.

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2012 Las Vegas Residency

Twain performs during the debut of her residency, "Shania: Still the One," at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 1st, 2012.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singers Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

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2013 ACM Awards

Twain poses with fellow country powerhouses Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill at the 2013 ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

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SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 05: Shania Twain performs at KeyArena on June 5, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)

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2015 Rock This Country Tour

Twain suddenly went blonde for her farewell Rock This Country Tour, premiering the new 'do on opening night in Seattle, on June 5th, 2015.

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Farewell at 50

Twain's first tour in 11 years is also serving as her farewell tour. She'll park the bus after this trek but does still promise to put out new music.