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As 2007 draws to a close, it's time to reflect and pay tribute to the stars who made this a year to remember. On that note, The Hollywood Gossip is announcing its 10 finalists for its first annual Celebrity of the Year award.

They've given us their best, their worst and, in a more than a few cases, their naked pictures. Now it is time for us to give a little something back with this special feature, because without these celebrities, we are nothing.

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We previously profiled the young sex kitten Hayden Panettiere at #9. Now, without further delay, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #8 … Tameka Foster!

Before 2007, even hardcore Usher fans had never heard of Foster. Within months, however, this 42-year old had grown into the bane of their R&B loving existence.

Who was this mother of three to be dating their man? His washboard stomach and sultry voice deserved someone closer to Beyonce, a companion more like Alicia Keys. To this day, Tameka Foster invokes a scorn within Usher's camp that not even the most ardent Simon Monjack haters can summon.

While other girlfriends and new wives, such as Alexis Phifer or Renee Sloan, were being welcomed by fans of their loved celebrities, Tameka battled hate mail all year long. It didn't end with the birth of Usher's first child, either, as Usher Raymond V entered the world in November.

As we enter 2008, the buzz surrounding Foster and Usher should die down. They're married. They're raising a child. There's little else to say on the matter.

Plus, Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse are pretty much stealing all the controversial newlywed headlines at this point.

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Tameka Foster isn't satisfied to sit back and raise her baby with Usher quietly.

Instead, everyone's least favorite wife of a celebrity is speaking up again in Essence magazine, responding to her negative public perception:

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We [black women] don't like ourselves. If I were Hispanic, Usher would have the sexiest wife alive. If I were mixed, he'd have the sexiest wife alive. But he has a black girl, and it's like, ‘She's horrible and she's ugly!'

OK, maybe I don't fit the cookie-cutter standard - 25 and a size two - but this is who he loves. There are women getting raped in Darfur, young girls being turned out every single day right here in Atlanta. We have bigger issues to worry about than two people in love with each other.

This may be true, but at the end of the day, the United States doesn't care about Darfur because its economic and political interests aren't threatened.

Usher is a national treasure, however.

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Despite a rumored feud with Tameka Foster, Jonnetta Patton is excited that her daughter-in-law has given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby.

Indeed, Usher's mother said that Usher Raymond V is God's gift to her son and his wife, just in time for Kwanzaa and Christmas.

"I'm extremely excited and filled with joy about the birth of my grandson, Usher Raymond V," Patton told People magazine. "He is beautiful, precious, healthy and such a blessing. I'm very happy for my son and his wife. God has truly blessed them with a special gift. This will be an amazing holiday season for all of us."

Foster gave birth to Usher Raymond V on Monday night, joining her husband in a statement that read: "We are so happy and proud of our beautiful son."

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Beyonce could sing her hit "Baby Boy" to Usher and his new wife, Tameka Foster, right about now.

The controversial couple welcomed a son, Usher Raymond V, into the world last night, multiple sources are reporting. Hewas born in Atlanta at 9:55 p.m., and weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz.

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"We are so happy and proud of our beautiful son," the couple said in a statement. "What a blessing!"

While reps for Usher and Foster were not immediately available for comment, one insider says Usher was with Foster and the new child Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital; the family is expected to head home on Wednesday.

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They read the celebrity gossip reports. They're aware of the negative press.

But Usher and Tameka Foster don't seem to care about what others think; they're just focused on how they feel about one another.

Tameka Foster and Usher

"Ours is not a typical love story, but it is a true one," Usher tells Essence magazine for its November issue. "Tameka and I have been fortunate enough to go through the thick of it in the beginning. We've had that opportunity to huddle up as a team, to make sure that we're clear and speak as one voice."

Usher and Foster were married August 4 in a ceremony in Atlanta, following the cancellation of a more lavish event in the Hamptons... and enduring speculation about their commitment to each other and the support they were getting from their families.

As People reports, the expecting couple were stunned by these reactions.

"It was like, wow," says Usher, who turned 29 on Sunday. "[Getting married] and having a child is something that everyone should celebrate. What's happened to us as a culture and a people?"

We don't know, Usher Raymond. We don't know.

But does appear as though society is more interested in Lindsay Lohan nude pictures or Lauren Conrad dating partners than true love. It's sad.

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Tameka Foster is putting her pregnant, older, hated-on-by-fans foot down: she doesn't want Usher to release a CD next month.

The man born as Usher Raymond has a lot riding on this new album, which was supposed to drop in November - but it looks like his new wife has other plans for her man.

Usher and Tameka Foster in a Car

According to Page Six, the R&B star "only listens to Tameka now, and she wants all Usher's focus to be on her and the baby."

Can you imagine Jordan Bratman controlling the career of Christina Aguilera in that way? Or Gabriel Aubry bossing around Halle Berry in such a manner? Neither can we.

Even more problems arise because Usher has several other business ventures tied to this album launch, such as a new fragrance.

"The album had been in the works for over a year ... now it looks like it's never going to happen,"said a source.

At least music fans will have new CDs from Britney Spears, Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis to look forward to still.

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The rumors are true: Usher and Tameka Foster are going to have a boy.

So, what is the singer looking forward to the most about being a father?

Divorced Duo

"I just want my son to fully be coherent and to be healthy, first and foremost," he told People at the Usher for Men and Usher for Women fragrance launch party at Cipriani in Manhattan.

"I've found that it is a step-by-step process. You can wish for a million and one things. But I hope that my son has the same energy I had as a child," Usher added. "Hopefully, he won't be as bad as me. I hope that he's just a healthy son."

Meanwhile, many haters fans are wondering what the state of Usher's new bride happens to be? The reply: Foster is feeling "beautiful," but is having odd cravings, just like Halle Berry.

"I eat ice all day," she said. "It's a weird thing. I love it. Now I'm thinking about ice. I want to find some ice."

Maybe Gabriel Aubry can pick her up a bag or six dozen.

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Sorry, Tameka Foster haters.

There's no doubt now that she and Usher have tied the knot. Below, we've collected a slew of pictures from what looks to be a gorgeous wedding.

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Describing the huge ceremony and reception on September 1, Usher himself said:

"There was a wonderful energy everywhere we were. The wedding was beyond beautiful."

Reportedly, it included southern cuisine such as buttermilk fried chicken, along with a mirrored dance floor on which these two could bust some serious moves as a married couple.

As Heidi Montag tries on wedding dresses, she might wish to consider this concept. It's a bit more classy than the mirrored ceiling her and Spencer Pratt probably have planned for their big day.

So take a look at these and other Tameka Foster photos and then answer this question for us:

If Usher seems so happy with his new bride, why do his fans detest her so much? Let us know right now on our forums: What do you think of this couple?

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Fans may despise Tameka Foster, but Usher is madly in love with his future baby's mama.

That could change, however, if his new wife doesn't deliver a son to the R&B superstar. He recently told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he really wants a little man around the house.

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Ellen: "Last time you were here, you were single. You said you wanted a lady that you could take from the Waffle House to the White House. You found her."
Usher: "I did. I found someone that I'm very, very happy to call my wife."

Ellen: "Is it a boy or a girl?"
Usher: "I don't know. I want it to be a boy."

Ellen: "Now, you're going to have a girl and she's going to see this tape and say, "Daddy, why don't you love me?" You better save some for some therapy. But you're going to love her if it's a little girl."
Usher: "Yeah."

Ellen: "You want a boy, why? So you can play sports with him?"
Usher: "I think every man wants a son. He's own little own doll. If it's a boy, I'm going to name him Usher. I'm hoping to name him that. I've been playing with a few names. I'm the fourth. Usher Raymond the fourth. I just want to pass the name on. Maybe I'll change the middle name."

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They canceled their wedding the first time.

So it only makes sense that Usher and Tameka Foster would plan a second set of nuptials in order to make up for it.

Foster, Tameka

The controversial couple is reportedly planning an official wedding ceremony this weekend in Atlanta, according to Us Weekly.

The rumored event will be more similar to pair's original plans for a celebration. That gathering at the Hamptons was canceled at the last minute on July 28 in favor of a small private gathering days later on August 3.

Guests are rumored to include Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson, Ashanti, and Diddy.

Usher and Tameka Foster - aka "Umeka" - are set to challenge Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock for most wedding ceremonies. We all know how well that union turned out.

Supposedly, Usher and Foster, are holding the party in Atlanta so friends and family will be able to attend easily. And so the city can have something to focus on aside from Michael Vick.

Tameka Foster Biography

Divorced Duo Tameka Foster is the wife of Usher. She's also the mother of two of his children - and the enemy of most Usher fans. They don't think... More »
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