It’s that time of year when we look back to see what stories really popped in 2011. From happy stories like Beyonce’s big VMA baby bump reveal to sad stories like the tragic passing of Amy Winehouse, we were working hard in the MTV Newsroom to bring you all the news you were craving. Below are the top five stories in our countdown of the most viewed stories of the year from MTV News.
Early on May 16, hip-hop fans learned that Cali Swag District member M-Bone was the victim of a drive-by shooting the previous night and passed away from two gunshot wounds to the head, according to police in Inglewood, California. M-Bone, born Mante Talbert, was one-fourth of the group that rose to fame with their 2010 single “Teach Me How to Dougie.”
When police arrived on the scene, they found the rapper in the driver’s seat of an unspecified black vehicle and transported him to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Witness accounts confirm that the gunmen pulled alongside Talbert in a separate vehicle and let off at least two rounds. The suspects then fled the scene. The following day, Cali Swag frontman C-Smoove tweeted, “Ma life changed drastically in the blink of an eye. rip mbone.”
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This summer, as the release of the eighth and final “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” neared, the MTV Movies team decided to have a little fun with the sad occasion of the end of one of the most beloved film franchises ever by reaching out to fans across the Interweb to try and determine the greatest “Harry Potter” character of all time. Voting took place on the MTV Movies Blog and after over 7 MILLION votes were cast, the greatest character in the Potter-verse was determined to be … Professor Severus Snape.
The tragic death of Ryan Dunn shocked many this summer and caused an outpouring of sympathy and support from friends and fans of the “Jackass” star. In a message posted on the website of Dickhouse Entertainment (the producers of the “Jackass” and shows like “Rob & Big” and “Wildboyz”), Dunn was remembered by Johnny Knoxville and director Jeff Tremaine as a “brother.”
“I don’t really know what to say right now everybody, because the sadness is overwhelming, but today we lost one of our own. Our brother Ryan Dunn has passed. He died in a car wreck in West Goshen, Pennsylvania this morning at 3 a.m. Goddamn, that’s tough to write,” the statement read. “Our hearts go out to his family and his beloved Angie. Ryan will be missed and remembered by us all. Thanks for the kind words of support everybody.”
Twitter became a major avenue for stars, including Knoxville, director Sophia Coppola (who was once married to “Jackass” co-creator Spike Jonze), Carey Hart and Joel Madden, and fans to express their sadness over his passing.
2. Beyonce Reveals Pregnancy On VMA Stage (528K)
It was the event that almost melted Twitter and set the Internet on fire and it happened right on stage on MTV! Having already strutted into Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre for the MTV Video Music Awards caressing her then-tiny baby bump in a gorgeous, flowing orange Lanvin gown but without saying a word to the press, Beyonce took to the stage to perform “Love On Top” and everyone wondered exactly how she’d play it. Well, her first words on stage said it all.
“MTV, there was a time when music just made you feel so good,” Bey cooed into the mic. “Tonight, I want you to stand up on your feet. I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me. Bring the beat in!”
Mrs. Carter concluded her performance by dropping the mic, opening her sparkly jacket and rubbing her adorable baby bump with an ear-to-ear smile on her face! When the camera panned to hubby Jay-Z, who was standing in the audience with friend Kanye West, he clapped proudly and saluted his talented wife. It was easily one of the most endearing moments in entertainment this year.
1. Jackass Star Ryan Dunn Dead At 34 (1.56M)
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn — a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade,” Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music/Film Group, said in a statement following the announcement of Dunn’s passing. “He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favorite middle school friend. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends. The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.”
Born in Ohio, Dunn grew up in New York, before moving to West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he would hook up with Bam Margera’s CKY Crew. He kicked off his career doing crazy stunts and skateboard tricks in a series of online videos, which eventually led to his part in MTV’s “Jackass” in 2000. The daredevil was a key member of the crew, appearing in “Jackass” spin-offs like “Viva La Bam” and “Bam’s Unholy Union,” as Bam’s sidekick and often acting as the voice of reason within the zany crew. He also had his own a short-lived home improvement show on MTV called “Homewreckers” in 2005. Dunn’s own show “Proving Ground,” in which he and co-host Jessica Chobot tested out action sequences from TV, games and movies, premiered on G4 just weeks before his tragic death in a high-speed, single-car crash in the early hours of June 20 in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania.