• SHERYL CROW, 51 photo | Sheryl Crow

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Published: Thursday April 18, 2013 06:00 AM EDT



The ageless singer (and mom of two) found herself at a crossroads when launching her career. Then struggling "between being a vamp and being credible as an artist," she's since learned that it doesn't have to be one or the other. "I can look pretty and wear makeup and not be afraid it will take away my credibility," she told PEOPLE.

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