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From the birth of Beyoncé's baby Blue, Carly Rae Jepson's chart topper 'Call Me Maybe', Chad Le Clos' gold moment and Blake and Ryan's secret marriage - we've put together all the top stories of 2012. Scroll through the gallery to see what caught our attention this year!
The Viral Hit: Gangnam Style
'Gangnam Style' not only became a viral video but promoted a signature dance and transferred Korean culture across the globe. The catchy tune and hilarious moves catapulted artist Psy to YouTube stardom. From performing at the EMAs and the American Music Awards, the song continues to get people singing.
The Infidelity of Twilight:The media went crazy when it was discovered that Kirsten Stewart had cheated on boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders. Twihards were fuming after photographs of the illicit liaison leaked online. Luckily her and R-Patz managed to patch things up and seem to be going strong!
50 Shades of Sexiness
The Fifty Shades trilogy sparked a rise in the popularity of female erotica. While the paperback was first released in 2011, 50 Shades of Grey became a favourite among moms and students during 2012. Image from cover of E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.
Off the Market: In an intimate and secret ceremony, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake finally tied the knot! Dressed in a pink Giambattista Valli the couple said their vows in Puglia, Italy and then sold their pics exclusively to People magazine.
Hello Pinterest While the pin board-style social photo-sharing site was launched in 2011, it gained worldwide popularity in 2012. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Check out our Summer Pin Competition here:http://www.glamour.co.za/2012/12/03/win/summer-pinterest-project-top-10
Song of the year If there's one song that undoubtedly stuck in every one's heads, it's Carly Rae Jepson's 'Call Me Maybe'. The song not only topped the charts for weeks, but turned Carly Rae into an overnight sensation and even had the US Olympic team, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez creating their own renditions!
Say what? In a secret ceremony in middle America, one of the world's most desirable women married one of the world's most desirable men! While hearts broke the world over, the two have still managed to keep their wedding celebrations in secret!
Brangelina celebrate their engagementAfter years of waiting, loads of children (and then some), Brangelina finally announced their engagement. And although they have yet to tie the knot, we can just about guarantee that 2013 will bring about a lavish celebration!
Beyoncé gives birth to Blue After announcing her pregnancy onstage at the VMAs in 2011, the world waited for Beyoncé to give birth to her first child. In January this year, the super-couple welcomed baby Blue Ivy Carter into the world.
Olympics 2012 The 2012 Olympics wasn't just a highlight because we got to ogle at the swimmers' incredible torsos, but because we witnessed the rise of many star athletes in South Africa, namely Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh, Oscar Pistorius and Natalie du Toit. (Especially 'that Chad Le Clos moment' - and his dad Burt's response!)
The death of a music legend:
In February this year, the world witnessed a tragic moment as farwell was bid to the icon, Whitney Houston, who passed away at the age of 48. At the 2012 MTV EMAs, which were held the weekend of her death, she was unsurprisingly named a 'Global Icon' and Jennifer Hudson sang a touching but heart breaking rendition of 'I Will Always Love You'.
Miley gets a new 'do! 2012 seems to have been a whirlwind for Ms Miley Cyrus! Not only did the starlett shock the world by getting a shock crop and then shave the side of her head, but she 'said yes' to heartthrob and long term boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth when he presented her with a very impressive ring.
Justin put a ring on it! Only a few week's after Brangelina announced their engagement, and after loads of speculation, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced that they're set to tie the knot.
Justin and Selena reuniteAfter a brief break-up, Selena and Justin decided their teen romance was far from over and locked lips once again to seal the deal!
Royal pics leakedThe Royals had a quite the eventful year in 2012. Not only did England celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, but they experienced a media frenzy over the leaked pics of Harry's naughty weekend of Vegas and The Duchess of Cambridge tanning topless while on holiday in France.
Boy bands get back on top If we thought we'd seen the last of them, 2012 proved we were far from right! With the success of boy bands One Direction and The Wanted, there's no denying that they still manage to make girls go weak at the knees!
The end of Twilight After 4 films, one of the most epic book-turned-movie series ended and sent Twihards into sadness as Breaking Dawn: Part 2, the final movie, was released in November 2012.
The Duchess of Cambridge announces she's pregnant After months of speculation, and the Duchess being rushed to hospital to treat acute morning sickness, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William announced they will be expecting a child. What we're looking forward to? Those maternity outfits of course!
Final goodbye for Riaan CruywagenSouth Africans bid farewell to SABC news presenter Riaan Cruywagen, as the country tuned in to see him give his final broadcast after nearly four decades of broadcasting and becoming a South African household name.
With 2012 drawing to a close, here's to an exciting new year filled with fun and fabulousness! Here's to 2013...