PEOPLE's Week in Photos
CHEEKIEST RED-CARPET TRIO
Britney Spears, 23, slipped back into red carpet mode at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Dec. 8 to make her first official appearance with husband Kevin Federline, 26, since their surprise September wedding. Spears, who walked onstage in a tight minidress, presented Kanye West with the rapper of the year award, but on the red carpet she toted a trophy of her own: her latest family addition, a Chihuahua.
Freshmen Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were faced with a real-world business test this week when watchdog group the National Labor Committee claimed the manufacturer of the sisters' Wal-Mart clothing line failed to give paid maternity leave to its Bangladeshi workers. But on Dec. 9, just hours before a planned protest near their school, New York University, the 18-year-old twins (who claimed they hadn't been aware of the situation) stepped up to the plate: They signed a petition demanding that Wal-Mart guarantee the laborers' right to benefits.
MOST INEXPLICABLE CRIME
On Dec. 8, a man in a hooded sweatshirt jumped onstage in a Columbus, Ohio, club and shot former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (bottom left) at least five times in the head and then killed three others before police could gun him down. About 500 fans watched as Nathan Gale, 25, a semi-pro football player and former Marine, opened fire on Abbott's new band, Damageplan. "Without a note, it's possible that we'll never know why he did it," said Sgt. Brent Mull.
MOST DISTURBING THREATS
After actor Taye Diggs received letters threatening him with "bodily harm," security was beefed up outside his Tony-winning wife Idina Menzel's Broadway show, Wicked. The nasty notes, with postmarks from Ohio, Philadelphia and New York, criticized the interracial marriage between the Kevin Hill star and Menzel, both 33, who met while starring in the original production of the musical Rent. The two married in 2003.
HOTTEST GRAMMY HOPEFULS
Kanye West (right) could school them all: The College Dropout rapper ruled the Grammy nominations with 10. Alicia Keys and Usher followed with eight each, including album of the year alongside Green Day (top left) and Ray Charles. But it's the best new artist race that could be the most watched: When "Redneck Woman" singer and Grammy nominee Gretchen Wilson (bottom left) won that trophy at the American Music Awards, West was less than gracious, saying, "I was definitely robbed. I was the best new artist this year."
MOST PRESSURED TEEN STAR
It's been a tough week for PEOPLE cover girl Lindsay Lohan, 18, even as she celebrated the release of her debut album, Speak. First, the "Rumors" singer faced accusations that she lip-synched during her Dec. 6 Good Morning America performance, a claim her rep denies. Then on Dec. 9, her father, Michael Lohan, 44, was sentenced to rehab and barred from seeing his movie-star daughter. "Michael has problems that he needs to deal with – he needs to take care of himself," says Lindsay's mom, Dina, 42.
MOST SURPRISING FEUD
"Bull" is what Stevie Wonder, 54, calls Eminem's video spoof of beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson, saying the rapper is acting like a hypocrite after gaining success on the backs of "people of color." Wonder came out on Dec. 6 criticizing Eminem's "Just Lose It" video, in which the rapper, 32, dresses as Jackson and romps with boys in his bed. Eminem has yet to comment, but Wonder had one more dig for the hip-hop star: He's still not "as good as 2Pac."
Several star athletes took a hit this week when the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the New York Yankees' $120 million first baseman Jason Giambi, 33 (right), had admitted to using steroids for at least three seasons, according to leaked grand jury testimony. The revelation came out of a federal investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), and included doping accusations against San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds and five-time Olympic track medalist Marion Jones (both have denied using illegal performance-enhancing drugs).
MOST WELCOME GUESTS
Alexander star Colin Farrell, 28 (right), will check in to pal Zach Braff's NBC hospital sitcom Scrubs for a Jan. 25 guest spot. It won't be much of a stretch for Farrell: He'll play Billy Callahan, an unruly Irishman. TV viewers also will get a glimpse of Ryan O'Neal, 63, in 2005: The actor, who started out in soaps, will play Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman's father-in-law in the top-rated ABC drama.
TACKIEST HOLIDAY SCENE
Calling it "worse than bad taste," a Vatican rep denounced the "cheap" nativity scene unveiled Dec. 7 by London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum. With Samuel L. Jackson as a shepherd (far left), Kylie Mingoue as an angel, President George Bush as a wise man (far right), and David Beckham and Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham as Joseph and Mary, the exhibit has already become one of the museum's most popular.