MTV’s Top 10 Artists Of 2013: 10. Lady Gaga 9. Lorde 8. Bruno Mars 7. Drake 6. Katy Perry 5. One Direction 4. Kanye West 3. Justin Timberlake 2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 1. Miley Cyrus: 1. Miley Cyrus
In hindsight, it seems ridiculous that we spent so much time focusing on the supposed ‘a-POP-calyptic’ showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Miley came in like a Wrecking Ball, declaring her independence and dominating the pop-culture landscape.
Whether it was the tongue, the twerk-tastic VMA performance or the Terry photo shoot, there’s no denying there was a method to Miley’s madness, The kind that could only be orchestrated by a 21-year-old who’s been in the business for nearly a decade. She schooled, and shocked, us all in 2013, and did so on her own terms. All hail the new Queen of Pop.
NOTE: Miley is officially a finalist for TIME’s Person Of The Year. She will battle Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Pope Francis, 2012 winner President Barack Obama, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, NSA leaker Edward Snowden and gay rights activist Edith Windsor.