From creative triumphs (''My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'') to water-cooler moments (''The Today Show''). Here is our countdown of the top 12.
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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