The 25 Best Celeb Photos of 2010

Snooki will drink to that! Sandra's baby joy! Kate's engagement ring! Check out the most amazing star shots of the year

01 of 25

FLYING INTO 2010

PRINCESS PERCH
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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.

02 of 25

FIRE & ICE

FIRE & ICE
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Got a light? Shania Twain helps to ignite the Olympic spirit, carrying the iconic torch through her Canadian hometown of Timmins, Ont., in January to help kick off the Vancouver games.

03 of 25

SEA OF LOVE

LOUNGING ON A YACHT
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With the drama of 2009 behind her, Rihanna moves on – with a hot new man! The singer rides the waves with beau Matt Kemp, an L.A. Dodgers outfielder, during a romantic Mexican getaway in January.

04 of 25

FANDEMONIUM

CROWD PLEASER
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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.

05 of 25

MISSED CONNECTION

JAKE PAVELKA & VIENNA GIRARDI
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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.

06 of 25

BODY ENVY

BODY ENVY
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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.

07 of 25

DOGGIN' IT

DOGGIN' IT
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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.

08 of 25

STRAIGHT NO CHASER

STRAIGHT NO CHASER
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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.

09 of 25

SURF & TURF

SURF & TURF
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Aloha, Zac Efron! The former Disney star proves he's all grown up, flashing some skin while surfing in Maui, Hawaii, in June. The Charlie St. Cloud actor's buff bod, which appeared (shirtless!) in the summer drama Charlie St. Cloud, went on to earn PEOPLE's title of Most Amazing Body of 2010.

10 of 25

ALL GROWN UP

STAGE PRESENCE
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Hannah who? Miley Cyrus makes good on her promise to put it all out there, performing a racy routine in a barely-there getup at May's Rock in Rio music festival in Portugal.

11 of 25

I DO, TIMES TWO

RING IT IN
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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green aren't shy about showing their newlywed glow in June, days after tying the knot in Hawaii. After two engagements, the longtime couple were married beachside in a private ceremony, attended only by Green's son Kassius.

12 of 25

PRECIOUS CARGO

BABY ON BOARD
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What a lovable little guy! Sandra Bullock holds tight to her then 6½-month-old son Louis at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas in July. The actress had a roller coaster of a year, winning an Oscar, filing for divorce and adopting her little "Cajun cookie" from New Orleans.

13 of 25

SEEING DOUBLE

KIM KARDASHIAN
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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.

14 of 25

BACK THAT UP!

DANCING WITH THE STARS
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Now that is dancing with the stars! Jennifer Lopez and Tom Cruise (dressed as his Tropic Thunder alter ego Les Grossman) wow the crowd with a cheeky dance number during the MTV Movie Awards in June.

15 of 25

TRUE BLUE

TRUE BLUE
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Tell him how you really feel! A Kellan Lutz mega-fan proclaims her love for the hunky actor in June at the much-anticipated Los Angeles premiere of the Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

16 of 25

FAME FACTOR

FAME FACTOR
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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."

See more on Jaden and Willow's star-making year here!

17 of 25

VIEW FROM THE TOP

VIEW FROM THE TOP
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The First Lady of Hollywood? Katie Holmes is a stunning stand-in for Jackie O. (right down to the pillbox hat!) while filming the History Channel miniseries The Kennedys in Toronto, Canada, in August.

18 of 25

HORSE PLAY

HORSING AROUND
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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.

19 of 25

HALLO-QUEEN

HALLO-QUEEN
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Heidi Klum goes from supermodel to superhero in October while celebrating Halloween at her and husband Seal's annual bash in New York City. And if Klum looked larger-than-life, she was! Her "Iron Maiden" getup featured built-in stilts that had her towering above the crowd.

20 of 25

BATTLE CRY

RALLYING CRY
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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.

21 of 25

SIXTH SENSE

SENSORY OVERLOAD
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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.

22 of 25

WORDSMITH

WORDSMITH
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It's not exactly your typical bedtime story. Russell Brand introduces the follow-up to his raunchy 2007 best seller, My Booky Wook 2 – to the tiniest of fans, no less! – in Bristol, England, just days before his wedding to Katy Perry.

23 of 25

PURPLE REIGN

A PIECE OF (FIRE)WORK
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Meanwhile, Brand's new pop star bride keeps herself equally busy post-nuptials, performing at a taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in N.Y.C. before embarking on a whirlwind tour to promote her album and first-ever fragrance in November.

24 of 25

CHIN UP

IN LIVING COLOR
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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.

25 of 25

A ROYAL WELCOME

A ROYAL WELCOME
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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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