Top entertainment stories of 2012

Published: Dec 19 2012 02:43:40 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2012 02:00:00 AM EST

The year 2012 was packed full of entertainment stories, from stars who left us and celebrity scandals to new arrivals and award-winning performances. Join us for a look back at the year in entertainment.

2012 entertainment - Beyonce and Jay-Z
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January 9: Jay-Z raps about Blue Ivy
Through a rap verse, Jay-Z confirmed the birth of "the most beautiful" girl in the world -- his newborn daughter Blue Ivy Carter. The song "Glory" made its debut on his social website, Life and Times, two days after his wife Beyoncé gave birth to the couple's first child. This was later followed shortly thereafter by an official statement from the couple announcing the birth.

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