Picks and Pans Review: Pop's Couple of the Year Beyonce & Jay-Z
"SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)" started the year at No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts. She also scored Top 10 hits with "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams."
AT THE INAUGURATION she serenaded the Obamas with "At Last" during their Neighborhood Ball first dance.
HER I AM . . . WORLD TOUR kicked off in March, grossing $53 million through Oct. 1. Meanwhile, in April her thriller Obsessed opened at No. 1 at the box office.
UPON WINNING VIDEO OF THE YEAR for "Single Ladies" at the MTV VMAs in September, she graciously got Taylor Swift back out to have her post-Kanye moment.
SHE LED THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS on Dec. 2 with 10 nods—enough for her and Sasha Fierce.
HE TOPPED FORBES' LIST of Hip-Hop Cash Kings in July, raking in an estimated $35 million over 12 months.
THE BLUEPRINT 3, released in September, became his 11th No. 1 album, passing Elvis Presley for the most ever by a solo artist.
ON SEPT. 11, the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Brooklyn native held a concert at Madison Square Garden raising money for the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund.
HE PERFORMED "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND" with Alicia Keys before Game 2 of the World Series at the home of his beloved Yankees in October. The anthem went on to hit No. 1 in November.
TURNING 40 on Dec. 4, he celebrated with a star-studded bash in the Dominican Republic thrown by Beyoncé, natch.