January saw Matt Smith unveiled as the actor who would take over the Doctor Who role from David Tennant in 2010. Karen Gillan will play his assistant.
Rubina Ali made the trip to Hollywood from the Indian slums to celebrate the Oscar success of Slumdog Millionaire with director Danny Boyle in February. She was just nine when she was picked to star in the movie.
Britney Spears kicked off a massive world tour in New Orleans in March, marking the end of a turbulent period in her life. However, she was heavily criticised for miming through the concerts.
Rapper Kanye West sparked controversy when he invaded the stage to complain about young country star Taylor Swift winning an MTV award over Beyonce. Even Barack Obama waded in, calling West a "jackass".
London's Whitechapel Gallery reopened after refurbishment with an exhibition curated by Turner nominee Goshka Macuga. She secured a tapestry of Picasso's Guernica, which is usually housed at the UN.
Susan Boyle captured the world's imagination after performing on Britain's Got Talent. The unassuming Scot may not have won the show in June but she has gone on to smash album sales records.
Comic Sasha Baron Cohen flew into the MTV movie awards as alter-ego Bruno, landing, half naked, on top of Eminem, who stormed out of the auditorium. It was later revealed Eminem was in on the stunt.
The Jackson brothers carried the coffin of their brother Michael into the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the star-studded memorial to the singer, who died on 25 June.
Lady Gaga, one of the biggest breakthrough acts of the year, visited Jerusalem, where she toned down her usual provocative costumes for visits to holy sites.
Robbie Williams joined Gary Barlow and a host of musicians on stage at London's Albert Hall for Children in Need, singing a rendition of Hey Jude. Rumours continued all year of a Take That reunion.
Ronan Keating led mourners at the funeral of Boyzone bandmate Stephen Gately, who died suddenly while on holiday in Majorca at the age of 33.
Excitement over the UK Christmas number one was revived when an internet campaign backed Rage Against the Machine for No 1. It eventually beat X-Factor winner Joe McElderry to the top.
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