Biggest Celebrity Stories of 2016

Published 4:21 PM ET, Fri December 30, 2016
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#10. Kanye West was admitted to UCLA Medical Center in November. A source close to West told CNN he was being treated for "exhaustion." JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
#9. Amber Heard and Johnny Depp had been married just over one year when she filed a temporary restraining order against Depp. She claimed he had been abusive. Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
#8. Kesha and Dr. Luke's legal battle dragged on for the majority of 2016. It started when the singer filed a civil suit against Dr. Luke, her longtime music producer, in 2014, claiming that he drugged her and emotionally abused her. The legal battle came to a head in 2016 when Kesha tried to get out of her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records. Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty Images
#7. Former NFL star Michael Strahan made headlines with the announcement that he would be leaving "Live with Kelly and Michael" to take on a full-time gig at GMA. The decision had been in the works for several weeks but Ripa was among the last to know. from ABC
#6. Things took a dramatic turn in Kanye West and Taylor Swift's long-running feud this February. The rapper called Swift "that b**ch" in his song "Famous." He swore that he had told Swift about the lyric but she adamantly denied having ever given her blessing for it. Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for NARAS
#5. US swimmer Ryan Lochte came under fire when he admitted that he'd fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympics. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
#4. The internet nearly broke when Beyonce dropped her visual album, "Lemonade" in April on HBO. The Grammy-winner released 12 videos and 13 songs that were filled with powerful visuals and lyrics that many thought were ripped from the pages of her own life. Mainly, fans thought Queen Bey was giving fans a glimpse into struggles in her marriage. From HBO
#3. Kim Kardashian-West was robbed at gunpoint by masked robbers in Paris in October. The armed men got away with almost $10 million worth of jewels. Kardashian-West has stepped back from the spotlight since. Jacopo Raule/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
#2. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-Pitt shocked the world with their split in September. Jolie-Pitt filed for divorce, and sought physical custody of their six children. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
#1. Just one death of a beloved celebrity might not be enough to be the biggest celebrity story of the year -- but 2016 saw the death of all too many musical and on screen legends. From Prince, David Bowie, George Michael and Glenn Frey to Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, 2016 will go down as a year when we lost too many great artists too young.