Beyonce lip-syncs the National Anthem: You'd think Queen Bey was practically perfect in every way, but the internet was aflame with horror after she mimed to a pre-recorded track at President Obama's inauguration on a chilly January afternoon. Click for more photos

The biggest celebrity scandals of 2013

Beyonce lip-syncs the National Anthem: You'd think Queen Bey was practically perfect in every way, but the internet was aflame with horror after she mimed to a pre-recorded track at President Obama's inauguration on a chilly January afternoon. Photo: Getty

  • Beyonce lip-syncs the National Anthem: You'd think Queen Bey was practically perfect in every way, but the internet was aflame with horror after she mimed to a pre-recorded track at President Obama's inauguration on a chilly January afternoon.
  • Amanda Bynes' public meltdown: What started as simply picking fights with fellow celebs on Twitter soon escalated to behaviour that led to Bynes’ being charged for a variety of offenses including reckless endangerment after she allegedly threw a bong from her luxury apartment’s 36th floor window. (She wore a wig and false eyelashes to court.)
  • Miley Cyrus grows up: Twerking at the VMAs, sticking her tongue out at every available moment, photoshoots with Terry Richardson, straddling a wrecking ball in the nude - Miley took every opportunity in 2013 to let us know she’s no longer a Disney tween. The world responded with extensive pearl-clutching.
  • Julianne Hough’s Halloween costume: Everybody loves Orange Is The New Black, but most people who aren’t black would probably choose to dress as, say, Piper for Halloween. Not so Julianne Hough, who thought it would be a good idea to don blackface and dress as the show’s character ‘Crazy Eyes’.
  • Lance Armstrong admits performance enhancing drug use: Not only did the former Tour De France champ come clean about his history of doping, he did so in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. Celebrity scandal bingo!
  • Simon Cowell’s baby drama: Not known for being a tabloid magnet, the Idol and X Factor impresario was suddenly all over the scandal sheets this year when it was revealed that he was expecting a baby with gal pal Lauren Silverman… who was still married to Cowell’s friend Andrew.
  • Reese Witherspoon vs. The Cops: When her husband Jim Toth was pulled over by police under suspicion of DUI, an intoxicated Witherspoon decided to unload those classic celebrity words of entitlement on the officer in question: “Do you know my name, sir?!” She received a disorderly conduct arrest for her troubles. 

Reese Witherspoon is seen at LAX airport

on November 03, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
  • Miranda Kerr (allegedly) hooks up with James Packer: It was enough of a shock when Gunnedah’s princess broke up with Orlando Bloom; the news (or, if you prefer, “news”) that she might be dating James Packer just added insult to romantic injury.
  • Kim Kardashian’s “belfie”: Okay it’s not really a ‘scandal’ per se, but the way everybody carried on when Kim K snapped a shot of her post-baby bum in a white swimsuit, you’d think she’d shot a man in cold blood or something.
  • Justin Bieber goes off the rails: From his rampage through Rio De Janeiro to his taste for graffiti to weeing in a bucket at a nightclub, here’s hoping Biebs takes some time off for a nice lie down very soon.

Once upon a time, the concept of “celebrity” was but a twinkle in a newspaper editor’s eye. We didn’t really care what stars were doing, and that was that. That was also, it needn’t be said, nearly a century ago, and today celebrities and scandals go together like cheese and Vegemite.

Not only that, but it seems 2013 was a banner year for the sorts of scandals that make magazine designers crack out the 48-point bright pink exclamation marks. We’ll be doing no such eye-straining thing, but here are 10 of the year’s most notable headline grabbers.