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FLYING INTO 2010
Mariah Carey gets into the swing of things, breaking out a sparkling princess gown for a post-New Year's concert at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. The year continued on an upswing for the singer, who announced her pregnancy and renewed her vows to husband Nick Cannon for their second wedding anniversary, a celebration topped off with some diamond-encrusted candy bling.
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It's his World – we're just living in it! Breakout pop star Justin Bieber takes over South Beach, Fla., in February, performing for a crowd of young admirers on The Early Show. And that was just the beginning of Bieber Fever: The tween heartthrob went on to perform at the White House (his second time!), headline his own summer tour and get wet and wild with his "very sexy friend" Kim Kardashian at a photo shoot.
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Blissful Bachelor couple Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi are on the up and up during a March visit to New York City. But just four months later, their relationship crumbled – and their nasty breakup played out on TV for all the world to see.
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After chronicling her shocking 10 plastic surgeries in PEOPLE – including a breast augmentation and ear pinning – Heidi Montag debuts her new bikini body poolside in Las Vegas in April. While the Hills star gained a new look, she temporarily dropped husband Spencer Pratt, filing for divorce in July. The two renewed their vows in November.
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Hot dog! America's sweetheart Betty White chows down as she's honored with a frankfurter of her own at L.A.'s Pink's Hot Dogs in April. The beloved Golden Girls star was everywhere in 2010, from the Super Bowl and the Teen Choice Awards to the Emmys, where she picked up a golden statue for hosting Saturday Night Live.
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STRAIGHT NO CHASER
She'll drink to that! Jersey Shore's breakout star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi likes the taste of the spotlight – and a cocktail! – while filming the second season of her MTV reality show in Miami in May.
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SURF & TURF
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A body double could come in handy! Kim Kardashian – whose year included continuing to film her reality show, writing a book, designing a clothing line for QVC and dating – carves some time from her busy schedule to debut her curvaceous wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York in July.
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The multi-talented Smith family – Will, Jada Pinkett, Trey, 18, Jaden, 11, and Willow, 10 – makes a collective style statement at the June premiere of Jaden's big film, The Karate Kid. The budding actor and his singing little sis dominated the scene in 2010 – with his surprise summer blockbuster and her infectious single "Whip My Hair."
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Gimme five – or ten! Violet Affleck, 4, finds the perfect playmate in mom Jennifer Garner in August as the two enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through New York's Central Park.
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Lady Gaga gets the crowd going in September at #4THE14K Rally in Portland, Maine, where she spoke out against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," policy banning openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.
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George Clooney continues his string of charitable acts, lending an, er, ear (and nose!) at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education" in Los Angeles in October. A month later, he accepted the prestigious Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian causes.
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Who's that devilishly good-looking guy? Brad Pitt admires his animated alter ego, superhero Metro Man, at the star-studded New York City premiere of Megamind in November. That big smug mug helped the movie top the box office its opening weekend, bringing in over $46 million.
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A ROYAL WELCOME
Let the wedding planning begin! Prince William and Kate Middleton greet photographers at St. James's Palace in London in November after announcing their engagement. The Prince quietly proposed in October, presenting his fiancée with the same oval sapphire ring that Prince Charles gave to the late Princess Diana.
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