Newsmakers came in all shapes and sizes in 2012, be they 7-year-old beauty-pageant contestants scarfing ’sketti or 82-year-old actor/directors shouting at empty chairs. And here in the MTV Newsroom, we know that better than most: After all, over the past 12 months, we’ve covered everything from the TomKat split to “The Dark Knight Rises.”
So as the year comes to a close, we’re counting down the Top 20 Newsmakers of 2012 . On Monday, we broke down #20 to #11, and today (December 18), we’re unveiling our top 10. From the much-heralded arrival of Blue Ivy Carter to big-budget film franchises coming to a close, these are the stories that resonated most with you … and helped shape the year that was.
10. Blue Ivy Makes Her Debut
Forget Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint, Jay-Z’s greatest creation was his first-born, Blue Ivy . The God MC told us himself on “Glory,” the song he dropped just two days after his daughter was born. From the moment Beyoncé famously rubbed her belly at the 2011 MTV VMAs, the world eagerly awaited the arrival of B.I.C., and on January 7, the Carters’ bundle of joy arrived and has been blessing us with her cuteness on Mama Bey’s Tumblr ever since. — Rob Markman
9. “American Idol” Judges’ Drama
You can’t put two male betta fish in the same tank and you can’t hire two divas to be on the same reality singing show panel. It’s like one of the 10 commandments, right up there with: Thou Shalt Not Say Anything of Substance to Contestants. But someone apparently forgot that this year when of “American Idol” judge Mariah Carey was told to share the spotlight with shrinking violet Nicki Minaj. Drama ensued , names were called, threats were (allegedly) made, apologies were, well, few and far between. Bottom line? Don’t expect a duets album, but things are apparently fine(ish) now. Can’t wait for those live shows! — Gil Kaufman
8. Taylor Swift’s Red-Hot Year
Leave it to Swift to make heartbreak sound oh so good. Her massive October release, Red, sold over 1 million units in its first week and continues to sell. For her fourth album, she channeled two years of experiences and relationships, cooking up country-tinged tracks, pop smashes and even branched out into the world of EDM — yes, EDM . And as her album heats up the charts, she found time to hang out with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles . But since neither has copped to being any half of “Haylor,” fans might have to wait until her next album to hear what really happened between these two. We can’t wait. — Jocelyn Vena
7. “Star Wars” Returns
Thought you’d never see a new “Star Wars” movie after the prequel trilogy? Well, to quote Yoda, there is another — and it’s coming courtesy of Mickey Mouse. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm prompted all kinds of fan reactions from moaning and groaning celebratory “yub-nubs” heard on Earth all the way from Endor. Like it or not, there’s more “Star Wars” on the way. And, like it or not, you’re probably going to go see it. — Josh Wigler
6. Psy’s Internet Takeover — “Gangnam Style”
If you think of pop music in terms of onomatopoeia, then South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is the very definition of the English lit term. He came out of nowhere this summer, blew up like a viral balloon and then exploded all over our consciousness. Everyone tried his moves, the video is on the verge of being the first to pass 1 billion views, he jammed with Madonna , got signed by Justin Bieber’s manager, played the White House and got his horsey dance guaranteed a spot next to the “Macarena” at every wedding and bar mitzvah from now until the Mayan apocalypse (or beyond, if you’re into that kind of thing.) — G.K.
5. One Direction’s British Invasion!
More proof that One Direction mania had reached new levels of pandemonium arrived when the guys revealed the track list for their second album, Take Me Home, in October. Was a track list ever so coveted? We don’t know, but Directioners hit MTV News in droves for it, helping to demonstrate why 2012 was the U.K. boy band’s breakout year. In addition to an impressive U.S. tour, two hit albums and three VMAs, the guys earned the adoration of girls all over the world, even some famous ones . — J.V.
4. “Hunger Games” Catches Fire
Just as the “Twilight Saga” was ending, a new fan-driven, box office-dominating franchise emerged, and we eagerly welcomed it into the fold. “The Hunger Games” not only delivered social commentary but also a plot that revolved around a female protagonist worth celebrating in Katniss Everdeen (not to mention the actress who played her, Jennifer Lawrence). But with three more films to go, we’ve only scratched the surface of the incredible story of the “girl on fire.” — Kara Warner
3. Sun Sets on the “Jersey Shore”
It’s hard to believe but in just two days, “Jersey Shore” will cap off six memorable seasons that included the formation of “MVP” (who bonded over “GTL”), Shore house romances too numerous to mention here and, of course, some epic battles between the tan-loving housemates (who could forget Snooki and Situation’s food fight?). After adding a ninth roommate with the arrival of Snooki’s baby, Lorenzo, the cast will leave Seaside Heights but not our TV screens. — Christina Garibaldi
2. Chris Brown and Rihanna Reunite
After the infamous 2009 assault that separated Rihanna and Chris Brown, there seemed to be a better chance of finding Tupac resurrected and performing at a music festival than witnessing these two publicly reconciling. But the former couple actually managed to one-up Holo-Pac. After canoodling at Jay-Z’s Barclays show, Brown confirmed a split from girlfriend Karrueche Tran, explaining that it was hindering his friendship with Rihanna. Since then suggestive tweets and Instagram posts from both artists have hinted that something more than “friendship” is unfolding. But their latest collaboration, “Nobody’s Business,” is a good indicator that we might never get the full story. — Nadeska Alexis
1. “Twilight” Descends
After four years of impossibly beautiful bloodsuckers, bare-chested werewolves and one adorable Renesmee, “The Twilight Saga” bit into the box office one final time in November with its closing chapter, “Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” And though we thought we knew all there was to know about the tiny town of Forks, Washington, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and author Stephenie Meyer saved one jaw-dropping surprise for last, with a lethal twist only Alice Cullen could have seen coming. Fans will no doubt continue to follow the romantic and cinematic pursuits of stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and with Meyer hinting that a spin-off is always a possibility, the sun may not have set on this series just yet. — Amy Wilkinson