Top entertainment stories of 2012

Published On: Dec 19 2012 11:43:40 AM PST   Updated On: Dec 19 2012 11:00:00 PM PST

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 - Frank Ocean
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July 4: Frank Ocean comes out
Hip-hop singer-songwriter Frank Ocean wrote an open letter, intended for the liner notes his debut album "Channel Orange," that would preemptively address "speculation about his same-sex attraction," but instead blogged it on Tumblr. In the letter, Ocean recounted unrequited feelings he had for another young man when he was 19 years old, citing it as his first true love. In the process, he became one of the first major African-American music artists to announce that he had fallen in love with someone of the same sex, notable because the industry is known for expressions of homophobia. Members of the hip-hop industry generally responded positively to the announcement and "Channel Orange" sold nearly 400,000 copies and earned six Grammy nominations.

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