November 2 // Justin Bieber Officially Grows Up
Ah, Canadian teen pop superstars -- they grow up so fast these days! Justin Bieber may have only turned 17 in March, but the singer's rapid maturation took place entirely in the spotlight this year, and reached a fever pitch when he was hit with a paternity lawsuit by a woman, Mariah Yeater, who claimed that Bieber was father of her three-month-old baby. Although the lawsuit has since been dismissed, it helped cast Bieber as a budding adult in a year in which he started a serious relationship with Selena Gomez, chopped off his boyish bangs, and fired a gun on "CSI." And let's not forget Bieber's musical growth -- as his manager, Scooter Braun, put it in Billboard's October cover story, "Vocally, his balls have dropped."
November 7 // A Guilty Verdict for Michael Jackson's Doc
Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, ending the latest saga involving the troubled late singer. A jury took less than nine hours to decide the verdict following an oft-confusing six-week trial in which prosecutors painted Murray as a reckless physician who plied Jackson with irresponsible amounts of the powerful anesthetic Propofol. As the verdict was read, a muffled yelp came from the direction of the rows where the Jackson family was seated. On Nov. 29, Murray was sentenced to four years in prison for what the judge called a "horrific violation of trust."
November 30 // Skrillex's Grammy Nod Caps Huge Year for Dubstep
Dubstep music has been burgeoning overseas and in patches of the U.S. for years, but the electronic genre emerged into the mainstream in 2011, with Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex, leading the way. After Britney Spears added a pinch of dubstep to her single "Hold It Against Me" and Korn announced a dubstep-heavy new album, Skrillex scored a Best New Artist nomination at the 2012 Grammys, marking the first time an electronica DJ has scored a nod in the category.
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