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The Top 10 People of 2011

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…according to guest blogger, Serena Piper

By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

It’s December and in the spirit of the New Year, let’s do a countdown of the top 10 people that made 2011 the year that it was. We all have those lists in our head, “Oh, those people will be so memorable by the end of year… we’ll never forget this,” so let’s see who made the list and who didn’t!

10. Muammar Gaddafi – Gaddafi ruled Libya from 1977 until August 2011. The February protests against him escalated into the 2011 Libyan Civil War. He was captured on October 18th and almost a month later, his son and brother-in-law were captured too. He was beaten to death shortly after.

9. Osama Bin Laden – At first we couldn’t believe it was true when news channels reported in May that Osama bin Laden, deemed the “architect of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks” by CBS News, was killed. He was tracked down “not far from a Pakistani military academy was killed in a firefight by American forces May 2nd.”

8. Kim Kardashian – In August, Kim married in an elaborate, $10 million wedding. By October, Kardashian was filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Her husband of 72 days didn’t go down quietly; he refused the divorce and instead asked for an annulment. This leaves us all wondering: who will get Kim’s wedding ring?

7. Steve JobsThe New York Times called him “the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation.” Steve Jobs passed away of complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Before he died, he said, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way you know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

6. Amy Winehouse – The 27-year-old British soul singer died in July from alcohol poisoning. She was known for her 2007 hit song, “Rehab.” Perhaps the most tragic thing about Winehouse’s death is that she joins a long list of rockers who died before 27, including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.

5. Betty Ford – The First Lady of the U.S. from 1974 to 1977 also died in July. She was best known for raising breast cancer awareness following her own mastectomy and was an activist for the Equal Rights Amendment. She was known for more than being her husband’s sidekick and influenced on the lives of many people.

4. Rebecca Black – This list would not be complete without including the 14-year-old girl who created that awfully annoying video we all love to hate. Her mom paid $4,000 to have the song recorded. Even though the video got over 167 million views after it was uploaded to YouTube, Rebecca Black was able lay claim to the most disliked video on YouTube (until Rick Perry’s recent campaign ad surpassed it the week of December 5). Well, that’s one way to gain fame.

3. Justin Bieber – Bieber’s film, Never Say Never, was released in February and grossed $30.3 million in its first weekend. In June, he was ranked second on Forbes’ list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. And recently, he was accused of fathering a child. Thank God to all of the Bieber fans out there that those accusations were not true.

2. Taylor Swift – Recently, Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year at the Billboard ‘Women In Music’ event. She has sold out every show of her Speak Now World Tour and she was named Entertainer of the Year at both the ACM and CMA Awards. Seems like 2011 may have been her year. Is this a peak or will she keep going up in 2012?

1. Dr. Conrad Murray – The physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson was given in November to 4 years in jail. Prosecutors contended that had it not been for Murray’s negligence, Jackson would still be here today. Looks like the Michael Jackson era has officially come to a close.

Do you agree with my picks? Who do you think will make the list in 2012?

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