Beyonce had a banner year that included the release of her fourth consecutive No. 1 album and an endless stream of history-making performances (from England’s Glastonbury Festival in front of 170,000 fans to the Billboard Music Awards, where she was given the Billboard Millennium Award). But the moment she sealed her sovereignty was during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (pictured), which she capped by cradling her baby bump to confirm to the world she was pregnant. The ensuing mania resulted in a new Twitter record, with a reported 8,868 tweets per second devoted to “Babyonce.”—Jeff Royer
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