Phyllis Siegel (right) kisses her wife, Connie Kopelov, after the two exchanged vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The couple were the first same-sex pair to tie the knot in New York City after the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July 24. Michael Appleton/AP hide caption

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2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights
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Chinatown, My Chinatown Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Ramsey Lewis

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Disasters Stayed In The Headlines In 2011
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A vendor sells seafood at a market in East Broadway in New York City's Chinatown. There was a 17 percent drop in the population of New York City's Chinatown over the past decade, and some say it's a sign that Chinatown is becoming more of a symbolic touchstone. Rebecca Sheir/NPR hide caption

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The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns
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The Chinatown Bus Bishop Allen
New Year's Eve Frederick Renz

"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO was one of the dozens of pop hits this year to use the same hammering disco beat. YouTube hide caption

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What's That Sound? The Rhythm That Ruled 2011
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The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af." Michael Tullberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon
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Auld Lang Syne Husky Team
Corrido De Auld Lang Syne (Dance Of The New Year) Little Bobby Rey & His Band