It was the year of 9-9-9 and the 99 percent; nuclear meltdowns and a state government shutdown. Justin Bieber cut his hair, Kirstie Alley cut a rug, and Congress failed to cut a couple trillion dollars from the ever-ballooning federal budget. While tragedy struck from Joplin, Mo., to Utøya, Norway, there were against-the-odds triumphs, too, as Gabrielle Giffords returned to Washington and a water-lined memorial rose from the ashes of the World Trade towers. From the first download of “Friday” to the final airing ofFriday Night Lights, it was a year worth remembering. So we’ll raise our glasses and, to quote Spinal Tap’s guitarist Nigel Tufnel, announce that this one goes to ’11.
Personalities of 20111. Lady Gaga2. Charlie Sheen3. Oprah Winfrey4. Jennifer Lopez5. Steven Tyler6. Donald Trump7. Rory McIlroy8. Daniel Radcliffe9. Kim Kardashian10. Herman Cain11. Albert Pujols12. Prince William13. Kate Middleton14. Adele15. Kristen Stewart16. Robert Pattinson17. Barack Obama18. John Boehner19. Mitt Romney