12. Breaking months of silence, West announces on his blog that he’s back in the studio, where he’s drawing inspiration from artists like Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, and Gil Scott-Heron. (Jan. 2)
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From creative triumphs (''My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'') to water-cooler moments (''The Today Show''). Here is our countdown of the top 12.
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