Year in Music 2015

Rihanna and Kanye West Didn't Need New Albums to Make Headlines in 2015: Here's Why

Rihanna and Kanye

Two of the most-teasted LPs in recent memory never came, but Kanye West and Rihanna made headlines without them.

COVER GIRL
Rihanna fronted 15 glossies this year, transforming for each: fiery locks in Cuba for Vanity Fair, platinum for V and in the mouth of a shark for Harper's Bazaar.

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DIOR'S DARLING
RiRi became the first black woman to land a Dior campaign, one of fashion's most prestigious houses, for a reported $2 million. 

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SOCK IT TO HER
The singer collaborated with Stance on a line of 15 pairs of fall socks with phrases like "Broke Bitch" on them and then released a new collection for winter. 

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Rihanna attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.  

QUEEN OF THE CARPET
An omelet? A piece of pizza? Big Bird? Rihanna sparked a thousand memes with the canary yellow Guo Pei gown she wore at the Met Gala in May. 

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Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard Award onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.  

SET SIGHTS ON WASHINGTON
After accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, a rambling, admittedly high Yeezy dominated post-Video Music Awards talk by announcing his run for president in 2020. 

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Amy Schumer pretends to trip and fall on the floor  in front of honorees Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as they attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York. 

THE FACE OF TIME
Named one of Time's most influential people, Kanye and Kim were less than impressed at the Time 100 Gala in April when Amy Schumer jokingly face-planted in front of them. 

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 trainers. 
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Kanye West poses during the finale of Yeezy Season 2 during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Modern on Sept. 16, 2015 in New York City.  

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK TAKEOVER
Celebs like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber sat front row at the rapper-turned-designer's debut Adidas collection in February, for which he reportedly received $10 million. The Yeezy Boost 350 sneaker, which retailed for $350, sold out stateside in a mere 12 minutes. 

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Kanye West receives an honorary doctorate at the School Of Art Institute Of Chicago commencement ceremony on May 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  

JUST CALL HIM DOCTOR
The College Dropout artist beamed as he received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May. 

Billboard Year in Music 2015

This story originally appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of Billboard.