2011 in Review: Sting, Martin Scorsese, Bill Maher and Dozens More Look Back

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Chris Rock

BEST CONCERT Jay-Z and Kanye at Madison Square Garden. I've seen Run-DMC at Madison Square Garden, I've seen Prince at Madison Square Garden, I've seen Michael Jackson, U2, Eddie Murphy – and this might be the greatest show I ever saw. It's the equivalent of the Billy Joel-Elton John tour, but if they did it in 1979, when the songs were hot! I did text Kanye, like, "Dude, you're wearing waaaay too much clothes." He had that leather kilt and leather pants. Jay's 10 years older, and you're the one sweating!

WORST MOMENT I saw Heavy D two, three weeks before he died, at Eddie Murphy's house. I was the opening act on the first Heavy D tour when I was, like, 18, probably making 150 bucks a night. It was the best summer of my childhood. When the big man danced, people lost their fucking minds.

BEST DIRECTOR I just saw The Descendants. Alexander Payne is my favorite guy not named Woody Allen. Alexander Payne is the fucking truth. We are lucky to be living in the time of Alexander Payne.

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