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18 people you (probably) hadn’t heard of this time last year

In fact, you might not still know some of them – or at least not know their names.

ONE OF THE CLASSIC ways of thinking about how the world has changed in the last twelve months is to try and think of people who are on our radar now, but about whom we knew absolutely nothing this time last year.

Some of the people in the gallery below were viral, one-off sensations – while others introduced themselves with the kind of bang that indicated we might be seeing more of them in the years to come.

Either way, they’re people who you had probably never heard of on December 31 last year – and who you may even have since forgotten about – but who had their moment in the sun in the last year.

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Is there anyone we missed? Who’s sprung onto the scene this year that we didn’t know about in 2011? Leave us your comments below.

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