Award winners!

And The Nominees Are...

  • Let Down Of The Year 1

    Facebook IPO

    It's almost too easy to call Facebook's IPO the biggest letdown of the year. It had all the ingredients of an investment soap opera, namely unmitigated hype and not a whole lot of substance to back it up. Mix in a level of corporate maturity that throughout Facebook's history has wavered between promising-but-ignorant toddler and petulant teenager and it's easy to see why things have gone from bad to worse since the company went public in May. You can't blame investors for hoping Facebook was the real deal. It had been over a decade since they last felt that kind of euphoria, fuelled by pure-play tech companies pushing unheard-of technologies and unhindered by the minutiae of profits and growth. Clearly they were hoping the new Facebook-led bubble wouldn't lead to a second bust. Clearly they were wrong, as Facebook had promised a future based on ad-revenue-generating technologies and processes it hadn't even developed yet. For now, the company is profitable and growing. But good enough isn't good enough for investors who had expected something great.

  • Let Down Of The Year 2

    Paula Deen

    2012 has not been kind to Paula Deen, and it's looking more and more like she has no one but herself to blame but her butter-lovin' self. The Food Network host and restaurant owner first came under fire in January when she revealed that she had been suffering from type-2 diabetes for nearly three years. The condition is caused in part by fatty foods like the ones she is often criticized for promoting on her show. The real kicker, though, was that she announced her condition while simultaneously revealing an endorsement deal for the diabetes drug Victoza, which she takes.Then, just weeks later, Deen made headlines again when an employee at the Savannah restaurant Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which she owns with her brother Bubba Hiers, accused Heirs of sexist and racist behavior. While Deen is still holding her head high, the string of revelations was enough to leave many fans feeling let down by the Southern cooking maven.

  • Let Down Of The Year 3

    Jennifer Lopez leaves American Idol

    After just two seasons, Jennifer Lopez left the judge's seat on American Idol; and walked away from a reported $20-million paycheque. It came as a bit of a surprise; before Idol Lopez's A-List star was fading without a hit movie or album in the past couple of years. She was married to Marc Anthony and raising their twins, Max and Emme. But once she hit the Idol jackpot, her stock grew. She released her seventh studio album "Love?" in 2011 which spawned the infectious hit track "On the Floor;" she divorced Marc Anthony and hooked up with a younger man, backup dancer Casper Smart. So what's next for Lopez? She is currently on her Dance Again World Tour with Enrique Iglesias (and shooting a 3D concert movie) and says she plans to focus on her film career. But what's JLo's loss is Mariah Carey's gain. The diva is set to earn $18-million as the new judge on Idol.

  • Let Down Of The Year 4

    Diamond Jubilee

    The federal government spent $7.5 million to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60th anniversary on the throne, but Canadians responded with an apathetic "meh." The reason could be because Canada was treated to a visit by Prince Charles and Camilla rather than the A-list couple of Prince William and Kate, or possibly because Canadians generally aren't interested in ties with the British monarchy anymore.

Poll Choice Options
  • Facebook IPO
  • Paula Dean
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Diamond Jubilee