Amazingly enough, 2012 will be halfway done in less than two weeks' time -- and the first six months of this year have offered some unforgettable moments in popular music. So far, 2012 has seen Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Carrie Underwood come back in big ways; boy bands brought us back to the late 90s; Carly Rae Jepsen and Maroon 5 dialed up telephone-themed hits; Madonna and a middle finger rocked halftime at the Super Bowl; and Whitney Houston, among other late music stars, was taken from us far too soon.
With the first half of 2012 in the books, it's time to decide what songs, albums, performances, video and fashion choices defined the year in progress. Cast your vote now in the Billboard.com Mid-Year Music Awards to tell us what has dominated your year in music. Which new artist officially broke through? Which Hot 100 No. 1 song was your favorite? What moment shocked the music world the most? We've offered a few suggestions of our own, but feel free to write in a candidate. Vote now, and we'll announce all of the winners at the beginning of July on Billboard.com!