The biggest showbiz stories of 2019

Published : 19:24, Dec 02, 2019 | Updated : 19:55, Dec 02, 2019

From the world's youngest self-made billionaire to celebrities in court, the world of entertainment produced a wide array of headlines this year. Below are some of the biggest showbiz stories of 2019.FILE PHOTO: Childish Gambino performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, Sept 21, 2018. REUTERS

* The year began with rap making history at the Grammys as Childish Gambino's "This is America" became the first hip hop track to win the ceremony's top record and song of the year accolade. At the Oscars, "Green Book" took best film while Briton Olivia Colman beat presumed favourite Glenn Close for the best actress honour.
Actor Jussie Smollett makes a court appearance at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, US, Mar 14, 2019. E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo* The case surrounding "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who is gay and black, lit up social media after he told Chicago police two men had attacked him by throwing a noose around his neck, pouring bleach on him and shouting abuse. Smollett was later charged with making up the attack and taken off the "Empire" TV show, although prosecutors dropped the criminal case against him.
FILE PHOTO-Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, US, Jul 9, 2018. REUTERS* Criminal cases during the #MeToo era saw Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's trial, in which he is accused of rape and predatory sexual assault, set for January 2020. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr pleaded not guilty to charges of groping three women.
Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, US March 6, 2019. REUTERS* Singer R. Kelly was arrested and charged with recruiting underage girls and women to have sex with him. He has denied abuse accusations for decades.
Actor Kevin Spacey, with his lawyers Alan Jackson and Juliane Balliro at his side, is arraigned on a sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Nantucket, Massachusetts, US, Jan 7, 2019. REUTERS/File Photo* Prosecutors dropped a sex assault case against Oscar winner Kevin Spacey after the alleged victim refused to testify.
A visitor views `In Memory of Michael Jackson 1958-2009` by Yan Pei-Ming which forms part of the exhibition `Michael Jackson: On The Wall` showing until October 21 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Britain, June 28, 2018. REUTERS* Documentary "Leaving Neverland", in which two men said they had been abused as children by Michael Jackson, renewed scrutiny of the late singer's legacy. Jackson's estate called it a "rehash of dated and discredited allegations".
Actress Felicity Huffman leaves the federal courthouse with her husband William H. Macy, after being sentenced in connection with a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston, Massachusetts, US, September 13, 2019. REUTERS* The US college admissions cheating scandal saw actress Felicity Huffman briefly go to prison. Rapper A$AP Rocky got a suspended sentence following a brawl in Sweden.
* The Rolling Stones temporarily postponed their North American tour after singer Mick Jagger underwent heart surgery. The Spice Girls reunited for a tour, though without fifth member Victoria Beckham.
FILE PHOTO: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - Camp: Notes on Fashion- Arrivals - New York City, US – May 6, 2019 - Kylie Jenner. REUTERS* Reality star Kim Kardashian revealed she is studying to become a lawyer and her half-sister Kylie Jenner became the youngest self-made billionaire thanks to her makeup business.
* Dwayne Johnson was named the world's highest-paid actor in an annual Forbes list while married couple Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra took People magazine's best dressed accolade. People named singer John Legend "sexiest man alive".
Cast member Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas pose at the premiere for the movie `Isn`t It Romantic` in Los Angeles, California, US, Feb 11, 2019. REUTERS/File Photo* The ending of medieval drama "Game of Thrones" divided fans, some petitioning for a re-write.
71st Primetime Emmy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, Sept 22, 2019. The cast of `Game of Thrones` stands on stage. REUTERSAvengers: Endgame* Superhero film "Avengers: Endgame" broke "Avatar"'s 10-year record as the biggest box-office movie of all time. Comic book standalone "Joker" became the first R-rated Hollywood production to take more than $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
FILE PHOTO: Joaquin Phoenix attends the premiere for the film `Joker` in Los Angeles, California, US, Sept 28, 2019. REUTERS* Actress Sophie Turner and singer Joe Jonas tied the knot and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence married art gallery director Cooke Maroney. Chart topper Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin married a second time while singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom got engaged. Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus separated after seven months of marriage.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian pose for a photo before attending the Versace presentation in New York, US on Dec 2, 2018. REUTERS/File Photo* Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan welcomed son Archie while Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West announced the arrival, via surrogate, of their fourth child, Psalm.
* The world said goodbye to several big names including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, actors Doris Day, Peter Fonda, Albert Finney, Carol Channing and Luke Perry, composer Andre Previn, Prodigy frontman Keith Flint and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.