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2005's Biggest Stars
Amy Schumer and Taraji P. Henson were among the stars who nabbed honors at VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly. Airing Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1, the show pays tribute to those who set the bar from January on, impressing with their award-winning projects, candid takes, and fresh perspectives. So, which stars shined in the spotlight before Schumer and Henson? In honor of the upcoming Big in 2015, let's take it back to 2005, with the stars who ruled the mid-2000s heyday.
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After striking out on her own, the No Doubt singer hit it big in 2005. After releasing Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in November 2004, Stefani topped the charts and remained permanently in listeners' heads with the 2005 debut of "Hollaback Girl."
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Mariah Carey ruled the music world in 2005, ending the year on top with "We Belong Together." The single gave Carey the honor of the No. 1 spot on Billboard's year-end Hot 100, and helped The Emancipation of Mimi go multiplatinum.
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The American Idol alum came into her own with 2004's Breakaway and its subsequent 2005 singles. She topped charts with "Since U Been Gone" and expanded her time on the airwaves with "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because of You."
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Mr. West was in the building in a big way in 2005. The rapper dropped Late Registration, nabbed a hit with "Gold Digger," and earned his first Grammys.
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50 Cent became inescapable with 2005's The Massacre. The album provided listeners with the classics that are "Candy Shop" and "Disco Inferno."
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Ciara taught fans the moves to her "1, 2 Step" as it topped the charts in 2005. The same year, she nabbed wins and nominations at the BET Awards, AMAs, and Billboard Awards, among others.
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Portman wrapped her run as Padmé with the 2005 release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. She also picked up an Oscar nomination of Closer.
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Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
The bromance between Vaughn and Wilson was strong in 2005. The two teamed up for Wedding Crashers, forever preaching the importance of Rule No. 76.
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Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
The three best friends that anybody could have hit the big screen together for a fourth time with 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The powerful alliance made Harry another $896.91 million at the international box office.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
The now-married couple famously starred together in 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The on-screen relationship only went further, and the movie made hundreds of millions.
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Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo
Fans met Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd in March 2005 with the debut of Grey's Anatomy. The two became an instant classic and ABC royalty.
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The Cast of How I Met Your Mother
The stars of How I Met Your Mother met one another with the show's 2005 premiere. Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily, and Robin would go on to appear together for nearly nine more years.
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Felicity Huffman took home the Emmy in 2005 for her turn as Lynette on Desperate Housewives.She continued her big year with the release of the acclaimed film Transamerica.
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Hilary Swank put the million in Million Dollar Baby in 2005, snagging the Academy Award for Best Actress for the drama.
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Tyra Banks ruled the airwaves in 2005, hosting both America's Next Top Model and her own new enterprise, The Tyra Banks Show.