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Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, JLS and One Direction...Naked magazine covers, crazy hair, on-stage snogs, backstage at the Balls and baby bumps...They're all in Capital's roundup of the best pictures of 2011.
Having being carried on stage by an army of backing dancers, Lady Gaga stole the show at the 2011 Grammys when she proceeded to emerge from a giant egg cocoon to perform the fourth Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 of 2011, 'Born This Way' (see the rest of the pictures of her performance below).
Rihanna got the name of her perfume tattooed on her neck ahead of the launch of the scent 'Reb'l Fleur' at Macy's in New York. The name is taken from the nickname (meaning rebellious flower) that Rihanna was given by her grandmother as a child.
Adele's emotional performance of 'Someone Like You' at the 2011 BRIT Awards instantly became so iconic that it went on to become the official video of the hit song taken from Adele's album '21'. The recording of the live performance (watch below) went on to become the fifth Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 of 2011. Adele has since released an accompanying music video which sees her strolling along the bank of the river in Paris, dressed all in black (watch the video below). The London-born singer was forced to cancel shows towards the end of the year, following a vocal cord hemorrhage from which she is still recovering.
Usher performing at the Manchester MEN Arena on the first night of his UK tour, OMG. See more pictures of Usher on stage below.
The Wanted's Max, Siva, Tom, Nathan and Jay perform live on stage in Glasgow as part of their first nationwide UK Tour, 'Behind Bars'. Picture: Rob Cable
The new band from Barbados introduced us to Bajan slang with their debut single 'Like You Down', which is slang in Barbados for 'knock you down'. Find out more about the band below.
Jennifer Lopez on location for her 'I'm Into You' video shoot in Mexico. The 'On The Floor' singer was later forced to deny rumours she was dating the video's male model, William Levy, before she separated from her husband Marc Anthony.
'Last Friday Night' singer Katy Perry is unveiled as the new face of ghd. She also launched a perfume called 'Purr'. Picture: GHD/David LaChapelle
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on a romantic Hawaiian holiday, where they were seen hugging and kissing in a bikini and surf trunks. Picture: Splash
Cheryl was slammed for the purple and orange concoction and Power Rangers hair she adorned for her first audition as a judge on the US version of The X Factor. The 'Fight For This Love' singer only lasted for two rounds of auditions before she was axed by production bosses who didn't feel she was a good fit for the show. She was replaced by former co-host Nicole Scherzinger, who stood in for Cheryl on the UK panel while she was in hospital recovering from Malaria.
Cheryl Cole stunned photographers on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival by wearing a long white dress with a plunging neckline. See more pictures of Cheryl's dress below.
After their raunchy on stage performance of Rihanna's controversial single 'S&M', RiRi and Britney had a bit of a snog on stage, while still bound together by handcuffs and chains. Find out which star was voted the most kissable by Capital FM fans below.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez cuddle up in the audience of the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.
Beyonce performed on stage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards showing off her famous curves in a tiny dress made of chains.
Will.i.am and Fergie played an electric set at Alton Towers on 6th July 2011 (see the rest of the pictures below). They were joined by special guests Labrinth, Parade and LMFAO. The group have this year been forced to deny rumours of a break up numerous times. Will.i.am has recently been confirmed as a judge on the BBC talent show The Voice. Picture: Andy Squire.
Lady Gaga appeared on the Paul O'Grady show wearing a green wig which she removed midway through her piano performance of single 'Hair' to reveal a bald head. Twitter was rife with speculation that Mother Monster was actually wearing a skull cap.
Marvin, Oritse, JB and Aston fans went crazy when JLS played a gig at Alton Towers. See pictures of the rest of the JLS boys live on stage at Alton Towers below. Picture: Andy Squire
Cheryl Cole looked uncomfortable and out of place as she posed with her follow judges (Simon Cowell, Antonio Reid and Paula Abdul) and The X Factor presenters Nicole Scherzinger and Steven Jones at a party in America. It was taken a few days before the Girls Aloud singer was dropped from the judging panel of the US version of The X Factor and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.
Nicole Scherzinger arrives at the The X Factor Miami auditions for her first stint as a judge since Cheryl Cole was axed by Simon Cowell and production bosses. She wore purple trousers and a cowl neck top similar to those worn by Cheryl at her first auditions. Nicole was previously a co-presenter with Steve Jones, a role which was not replaced when she moved over to the judging panel, leaving Cheryl fans to speculate that Nicole was always in the running for the role and Cheryl was set-up to gain publicity for the show.
Justin Timberlake took a hands on approach to presenting at award ceremonies when he groped co-host and co-star of film Friends With Benefits Mila Kunis on stage.
A host of stars including Jessie J, Adele and Tinie Tempah attending the VIP launch of Beyonce's album '4' at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.
Beyonce made history at Glastonbury by becoming the first woman to headline on the world famous Pyramid stage, the main stage at the summer festival. See more pictures of her headline set below.
The 'Don't Hold Your Breath' singer had the crowds on their feet at the Summertime Ball, where she performed hits including 'Poison' and 'Breathe'. She also sang with Enrique Iglesias. See all the pictures of her stunning set below. Picture: PA Photos
'Tonight' singer Enrique Iglesias had his fan mesmerised after he picked her from the audience, pulled her up on stage and serenaded her with smash hit 'Hero' on stage at the 2011 Summertime Ball at London's Wembley Stadium. See the rest of the pictures of Enrique's Summertime Ball set pictures below. Capital FM spoke to the fan the following day. Listen to the interview below. Picture: PA.
The Summertime Ball crowds at Wembley Stadium went wild when Example and Wretch 32 performed 'Unorthodox'. Example also performed smash hit of summer 2011, 'Changed The Way You Kiss Me'. Picture: Danny North
Jennifer Lopez headlined the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, where she performed her hit single of the summer, 'On The Floor' featuring Pitbull. The mother of two, who wore a sparkly leotard and tights on stage, has since split from her husband Marc Anthony.
Nicole Scherzinger and her backing dancers show the crowds at Wembley Stadium for the 2011 Summertime Ball how it's done. In the latter half of 2011, Nicole, who turned 33 this year, replaced Cheryl Cole as a judge on the US version of The X Factor, split with long term fiance Lewis Hamilton, and released her raunchiest music video yet, for single 'Wet'. Picture: Richard Johnson
Cee Lo Green visited the LA volunteer fire fighters to thank them for their work. While he was there the 'Cry Baby' singer had a go in one of the fire trucks. See more pictures of Cee Lo turned fire fighter below.
Aston Merrygold of JLS fame, arriving here at the Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards 2011, was voted the hottest male in pop by Capital FM listeners. Cheryl Cole took the top spot in the female category. See the top ten countdown of both polls below.
Streets in New York had to be shut down after thousands upon thousands of fans turned out to watch 'Beautiful People' singer Chris Brown perform live on NBC's Today show at Rockefeller Plaza . See more pictures of his performance below.
Nicole Scherzinger appears in an exclusive photshoot for InStyle Magazine, showing off some serious flexibility. See the rest of the pictures from the July cover shoot here www.instyle.co.uk
Rihanna chills out on a boat while on holiday in Europe, where she took time out from her worldwide 'Loud' tour. See all the pictures from Rihanna's private holiday album below. Picture: Facebook
In one of the first sightings of Cheryl Cole since she was unceremoniously dumped by The X Factor bosses in America, the 'Fight For This Love' singer showed off a new blonde hairstyle during her 28th birthday party celebrations at The Sanderson Hotel in London. A reunion with ex-husband Ashley Cole looked to be on the cards after the pair were spotted dancing together, but further allegations about his infidelities put the reconciliation on ice. Picture: Getty Images
The X Factor judge celebrated the launch of her new album 'Here I Am' by stripping off. See more naked pictures of former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland below.
Flowers, candles and messages were left near the home of Amy Winehouse in Camden, London, after it was announced that the 'Rehab' singer had tragically died at home. The singer's posthumous song 'Our Day Will Come' has raised money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an initiative of Amy's dad, Mitch Winehouse, to help young people battling drink and drug addictions. Amy's Goddaughter Dionne Bromfield dedicated her performance at the MOBO Awards 2011 to the late singer.
The Xtra Factor co-host Caroline Flack received criticism after admitting that she'd kissed One Direction member Harry Styles who at 17-years-old is 15 years her junior.
Rihanna hit the headlines after the Ulster farmer she'd hired a field from for her 'We Found Love' video shoot insisted the singer cover up. Clips of the 'Cheers' singer topless were cut from the video and replaced with Rihanna wearing a bikini top in one of the most watched music videos of the year. See more pictures of the 'Only Girl (In The World)' singer filming the video in Belfast. Picture: Splash
Rihanna was mobbed by fans as she arrived in the New Lodge area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she filmed the video for 'We Found Love' in a farmer's field and a rented flat. See the pictures of her filming as well as the official music video for 'We Found Love' below.
Nicole Scherzinger showed off her amazing dancer's body in the music video for 'Wet', in which she and a group of dancers break into an abandoned warehouse.
It was all smiles and a show of female solidarity when Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland first appeared together at the press launch of The X Factor, on which they were both first time judges in 2011. The pair fell out during the live shows after Tulisa accused Kelly's act Mischa B of bullying and later took the flack for Mischa's failure to make it to the live final at Wembley Arena.
Tulisa and Fazer of N-Dubz fame finally came clean about their relationship status when they were photographed looking all coupled up at an event. The pair have since confirmed they are in love on Twitter, with Tulisa admitting she's a "stubborn girlfriend" and Fazer revealing he hopes to start a family with The X Factor judge (see below).
The Madame Tussauds in Tokyo unveils a waxwork of the 'Born This Way' singer during Lady Gaga's tour of Japan.
2011 probably wasn't her favourite of years, but you wouldn't know it from Cheryl Cole's official 2012 calendar. The Girls Aloud star looks stunning in soft focus shoes wearing a sparkly mini dress and natural hair. Picture: © Danilo Promotions Ltd 2011/All rights reserved
In their first year on the pop scene, One Direction release this official photograph taken from the front cover of their official 2012 calendar, which instantly gave them the best-selling calendar of the year. Picture: Global Merchandising Services Ltd/Danilo
Jay from The Wanted poses with a monkey on his back in a solo shot for the boys' official 2012 calendar. See The Wanted's calendar in full below. Picture: Derrick Santini
Max from The Wanted has an accident with a pen during the guys' photo shoot for their 2012 calendar. See The Wanted's calendar in full below. Picture: Derrick Santini
Former model Siva strikes a sultry pose for a solo shot in The Wanted's official 2012 calendar. See The Wanted's calendar in full below. Picture: Derrick Santini.
Cheryl went blonde for Stylistpick.com's London Fashion Week party which she hosted at London's Home House. The 'Fight For This Love' singer has since launched a capsule shoe collection for the website.
Cheryl Cole took time out of her recording schedule to fly to Afghanistan where she met 1 Rifles. Read more about her trip below.
Leona Lewis wears a slinky black dress with lace sleeves for a glamorous photoshoot in Rollacoaster magazine. See the rest of the pictures below. Picture: Rollacoaster Magazine/Thomas Giddings/www.rollacoaster.tv
Britney caused controversy when she waved a gun around in the music video for her single 'Criminal'. See more pictures and watch the video below.
The Saturdays get a makeover for a photo shoot with Look magazine. Frankie and Mollie went for an androgynous look in tuxedos and quiffed hair, while Una, Rochelle and Vanessa glammed up with sequined dresses. See more pictures of the girls' new hairstyles below. Picture: David Laris/Look Magazine
Harry rubs his pants in Liam's face during the band's live webchat on the Capital FM website. Watch the highlights of the chat - in which the boys revealed which of them have girlfriends and which are single - below.
One Direction boys Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall sign copies of their new book 'Dare To Dream' at a shopping centre in London, after a hectic year in which they released their debut album, returned to The X Factor stage, dueted with JLS and starred at Capital FM's 2011 Jingle Bell Ball (see pictures of their performance below).
The Saturdays came into the Capital FM offices for a day, where they took over the website for the day! The girls interviewed one another as journalists, and told us about their favourite music videos, hits of 2011, and the behind the scenes secrets of their 'All Fired Up' music video shoot. See the results below. Picture: Dan Dennison
Hot on the heels of their record breaking debut single 'What Makes You Beautiful', One Direction release their eagerly anticipated collection of dolls, priced at £16.99 each. Louis from One Direction has since joked that Harry's doll looks like Susan Boyle! See the dolls in close-up on the link below. Picture: Rex Features
Marvin from JLS took his top off for Capital FM listeners to repay them for raising cash for our official charity, Help A Capital Child. The picture was released on the @CapitalOfficial Twitter page.
After being sacked from The X Factor after a short stint at auditions the last thing you'd expect Cheryl Cole to wear is a pair of trousers emblazoned with the talent show's logo. She wore the controversial trousers as she arrived at Los Angeles airport on one of her first trips back to the States since she fled following the sacking. Picture: Barcroft Media
The 'Swagger Jagger' singer posed for a photo shoot with Attitude magazine in which she had half of her hair dyed pink and blue. Picture: Attitude Magazine
Nicole Scherzinger went to the rainforest region of Mexico to film the music video for her single 'Try With Me'.
Katy Perry wears a candy themed dress on the opening night of her 'California Dreams' tour in the UK. See more pictures of Katy Perry on stage below. Picture: WENN
Maroon 5 frontman and 'Moves Like Jagger' singer Adam Levine in a photo shoot for Russian Vogue with model girlfriend Anne Vyakutsyna. See pictures from the rest of the shoot below.
Lady Gaga arrives at a television studio on one of her many trips to London in 2011, wearing a peroxide blonde wig and white-rimmed glasses.
Cheryl Cole arrives at the Pride Of Britain Awards in a sweeping peach toned gown just moments before the arrival of Tulisa Contostavlos, the N-Dubz singer who replaced Cheryl as a judge on The X Factor after she left Britain for an ill-fated stint on the US version of the show.
Rihanna sent London commuters into a frenzy when she took the Tube to the opening night of her 'Loud' tour at the O2 Arena. Numerous pictures of the 'We Found Love' star posing with fans emerged on Twitter over the next few days. See a selection of the best below. Picture: Splash
Rihanna wears the famous Liquorice Allsorts bikini during the London leg of her 'Loud' tour at the O2 Arena. See more pictures from her 'Loud' tour below.
'We Found Love' singer Rihanna shows off her curves in a stunning yellow dress and red leather knee high boots during the French leg of her 'Loud' tour. See the rest of Rihanna's on-stage outfits during the 'Loud' tour below. Picture: GoffPhotos
Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn of One Direction fame caused a sensation with first hit 'What Makes You Beautiful' and follow up 'Gotta Be You'. Their album 'Up All Night' was released in November 2011 but was kept off the top spot in the album chart by Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' album.
In honour of her performance of 'You And I' on the Jonathan Ross show, the television set was turned into a farm. So it stood to reason that Lady Gaga would arrive on stage with her very own sheep called Kevin and present to host Jonathan Ross. The singer rolled around on haystacks as she performed 'You And I', which was inspired by country music and has an accompanying music video set on a farm in America's South (watch below).
From the moment she first announced she was expecting her first child (a girl) with her husband Jay-Z, the world was waiting for the first pictures of her bump. It was snapped while Beyonce was out shopping with her husband and friend Kanye West. She was later snapped proudly displaying her bump on another shopping tri for baby clothes. See more pictures of Beyonce's bump below.
Having picked up four out of the five MOBO Awards (for Best Newcomer, Best UK Act, Best Album and Best Song for 'Do It Like A Dude') she was nominated for, Jessie J celebrated by having a live stage dance-off with a lookalike wearing Jessie's trademark black wig and lace tights. See the rest of the pictures of her amazing performance below.
Rihanna shows off her bikini body in a set of private holiday snaps she released to fans of her Facebook fans.
Rihanna posed naked - but for a few well positioned leaves - for the front cover of Esquire, in the month she was crowned the sexiest woman alive by the magazine. See pictures of her at her sexiest best below. Picture: Russell James/Esquire
Despite Una's pregnancy and Frankie's mystery illness, troopers that they are The Saturdays ploughed ahead with rehearsals for their 2012 arena tour 'All Fired Up'. See the amazing first look pictures of the girls during a dress rehearsal, and a list of their tour dates and venues below. Picture: Getty
Following the break up of her marriage to Latino singer Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez is rumoured to be dating backing dancer Casper Smart. Picture: Splash
A streaker invades the stage as Hayden Panettiere is presenting during the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. See more pictures from the EMAs below.
Singer Justin Bieber arrives for the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast where he sang his Christmas single 'Mistletoe'.
The 'Swagger Jagger' singer reveals the colourful artwork for her first album since coming fourth in 2010's The X Factor, 'Sticks And Stones'.
Lady Gaga channels Madonna circa 1985 in a scene from the epic 14-minute music video for 'Marry The Night', the song about her "worst day". Read more about the meaning of 'Marry The Night' below.
Rihanna licks her lips and displays the name of her album 'Talk That Talk' on a tattoo on her left arm on the cover for her sixth album.
Britney Spears made it a tradition on her 'Femme Fatale' tour to treat one male fan each night to a pole dance - with the fan in question acting as the pole. See more pictures of Britney on tour below. Picture: Splash News
Nicki Minaj paid homage to Smurfs during her 2011 American Music Awards nominations' party held at JW Marriott in Los Angeles, USA. She wore a blue and blonde wig with a revealing floral bikini top and matching skirt.
Pixie Lott wears cat ears given to her by a fan outside the Capital FM studio on London's Leicester Square, during a live webchat for the Capital FM website. Watch below for the highlights of Pixie talking about her new look, plans for her 21st birthday party, and why she calls her fans and Twitter followers her 'Crazy Cats'. Picture: Andy Squire
Pixie Lott launched her album 'Young Foolish Happy', which features singles 'All About Tonight' and 'What Do You Take Me For?' at a party on the boat 'The Silver Sturgeon' on London's Thames.
Lady Gaga revealed her longest video yet - the music video for 'Marry The Night'. Gaga described the video as begin about her "worst ever day", when she was dropped by her first record label. The video is 14 minutes long and proved a huge hit with fans. See our 60 second guide to the video, or watch all 14 minutes below.
It wasn't long before Beyonce took to showing off her expanding bump, proudly displaying it during a behind the scenes film about her music video 'Countdown'. See more pictures of Beyonce's bump and the video for 'Countdown' below.
Una Healy from The Saturdays proudly showed off her growing baby bump in a sparkly gold dress at Capital FM's 2011 Jingle Bell Ball. Una is expecting her first child with her rugby player boyfriend Ben Foden.
Self-confessed shoe-aholic Cheryl Cole unveils her capsule collection of twelve pairs of shoes, heels and boots for stylistpick.co.uk. The singer turned designer - who reportedly has 2,000 pairs of shoes of her own at home - sketched every design for the collection. See more pictures of Cheryl's shoes below.
Lady Gaga wore a towering green hair piece during a press conference to promote 'Born This Way' in Singapore.
'Swagger Jagger' and 'With Ur love' singer Cher Lloyd was spotted wearing a ring on her engagement ring finger while arriving at the airport with her boyfriend Craig Monk, sparking rumours the pair will marry. The couple are pictured here wearing casual outfits as they go out for a drink in Central London.
The 'S&M' singer went blonde for her performance at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball, which she opened with 'Only Girl (In The World)' and closed with 'We Found Love'. Rihanna wore black platform boots with red laces and a dog tooth top tied around her waist.
Olly Murs opened the first of the 2011 Jingle Bell Balls wearing a checked shirt and his trademark black hat. He was later joined on stage by surprise guests Rizzle Kicks for a performance of Big Top 40 No.1 'Heart Skips A Beat'.
Mollie, Vanessa, Rochelle, Frankie and a pregnant Una dance on stage at London's O2 Arena during their 2011 Jingle Bell Ball set. See more pictures of The Saturdays on stage below. Picture: Richard Johnson
The 'Lego House' singer treated fans at the O2 Arena in London to an emotional guitar performance of Adele's hit record 'Someone Like You'. He also appeared on stage during Wretch 32's set for a performance of 'Hush Little Baby'.
The One Direction boys arrive on stage at the O2 Arena where they treated fans to the first ever live performance of forthcoming single 'One Thing'. See more pictures of Louis, Harry, Zayn, Niall and Liam below. Picture: PA Photos
Max, Jay, Siva, Tom and Nathan performed their 2011 Jingle Bell Ball set on an elevated platform above the stage at London's O2 Arena. The Wanted sang hits including 'Glad You Came' and 'Lightning'.
After announcing that she had come to the Ball as her new alter ego 'Tinsel Tina The Christmas Diva', Jessie J appeared on stage at London's O2 Arena dressed as a blue Christmas cracker. See more pictures of Jessie J on stage below. Picture: Richard Johnson
Jessie J wore a gold catsuit and her hair in tight curls for her 2011 Jingle Bell Ball headline set at the O2 Arena in London. The 'Price Tag' singer sang hits including 'Do It Like A Dude' and her newest song 'Domino'. Picture: Richard Johnson
They were both runners up on The X Factor, but they were clear winners with the crowds at Wembley Arena when JLS and One Direction joined forces for a medley of their respective hits, including 'She Makes Me Wanna' and 'What Makes You Beautiful', at the live final of The X factor 2011. Little Mix went on to be crowned winners, making them the first band to ever do so in the history of the talent show. Picture: Rex Features
Perrie, Jade, Leigh-Anne and Jesy made history by becoming the first band to win the ITV talent show. Little Mix (formerly Rhythmix) stole the show at the live final, duetting with proud mentor Tulisa Contostavlos on a medley of Alicia Keys' hits, and a vocal harmony of Christmas carol 'Silent Night'. They closed the show, which was filmed with a live audience at Wembley Arena, with their first official single - a cover of Damien Rice's 'Cannonball', which was hotly tipped to be the Christmas No.1.
President Barack Obama shook hands with Justin Bieber on stage during a Christmas show at the National Building Museum in Washington.
They might be superstars, but Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam still need to go to the supermarket to do their food shopping just like the rest of us. See more pictures of One Direction at the supermarket below. Picture: Big Pictures
She's had blue hair, pink hair and even grey hair in 2011, but for the launch of her new perfume MEOW!, the 'The One That Got Away' singer decided blondes have more fun and showed off her platinum bob. See more pictures of Katy Perry's changing hairstyles below.
Tulisa and Little Mix celebrate their win on The X Factor with dinner in London.
Emeli Sande was announced as the winner of the Critics' Choice BRIT award. She will be honoured during the ceremony in February 2012.
The 'Femme Fatale' singer says she feels "blessed" after agreeing to marry her boyfriend of two years. Britney Spears confirmed in December she had accepted a marriage proposal from her longterm boyfriend and former agent Jason Trawick during his fortieth birthday celebrations in Las Vegas. "OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I've been waiting for," Britney cryptically tweeted yesterday. "Can't wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!!! Xxo."
Una Healey was the second celebrity to get engaged in December. She showed off her engagement ring from boyfriend Ben Foden as she left her tour's after party. The pregnant singer announced her engagement on stage at Wembley Arena. Picture: Splash