My favorite celebrity story of 2015

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Patti LaBelle (Getty Images) and her most talented fan, James Wright in a clip from his viral video.

Covering the celebrity beat is never dull.

Sometimes it’s exciting – like when Dolly Parton came to Atlanta for her television movie “Coat of Many Colors” or Justin Bieber comes to town for a tour stop and ends up partying in Buckhead or Taylor Swift meets with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients during her pre-concert time in Atlanta.

Sometimes it’s uplifting, like when Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton spread Christmas cheer to 2,000 kids and adults – and later revealed he is a new dad!

Sometimes it’s cringe-inducing, like when Steve Harvey crowned the wrong Miss Universe.

Sometimes it’s confounding, like when Kim Kardashian announces a new app letting users send emojis of her booty to express themselves.

Sometimes it’s very, very sad. Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death at 22 this year might have been considered a “top” entertainment story in terms of reader interest but never, not once, did I lose sight of the fact that at the center of the story was a young woman denied the chance to grow up and experience life to its fullest.

There were the Honey Boo Boo updates and the filming updates and the star sightings (hey, Ryan Gosling.. hey).

At the end of a very busy year, it’s not hard at all for me to pick my favorite celebrity of 2015: James Wright, the guy whose hilarious “Patti Pie” YouTube video went viral. He and Patti LaBelle later met up, joined the aforementioned Steve Harvey for a segment on his show and .. who knows what’s next?

I love everything about this story. The sheer joy James showed in his video. His natural, God-given talent. His sense of humor and enthusiasm for a simple store-bought product. He deserves every minute of the fame that’s come to him as a result of sharing his excitement in such a positive way. I hope to see more of him in 2016!

Thanks for reading in 2015. Happy New Year. See you in 2016!

pattie

 


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