No contest: Miley was our 2013 pop-culture queen
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York. Her infamous performance on the MTV Video Music Awards, showed her twerking her way in pop culture history in a teddy bear leotard that segues to a skimpy nude bikini. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Call her this year's pop-culture prom queen.
A year ago, Miley Cyrus was no stranger to us, of course. But who could have guessed how her star would rise — or rather, explode — in 2013, making this former preteen idol one of the most watched people on the planet? And so it seems only right to make Miley our tour guide (Kim and Kanye, you came close!) as we take our annual, highly selective, chronological tour through the year's pop culture moments:
A new year brings an inauguration in Washington, D.C., but even the president admits the weekend's most important development is a bouncy new hairdo — bangs! — for MICHELLE OBAMA. Mini-scandal: BEYONCE sings the national anthem, only to admit later she lip-synced. At the Golden Globes, JODIE FOSTER makes an awkward, rambling but deeply compelling speech, hailed by many in the gay community as her long-awaited coming-out. LANCE ARMSTRONG confesses — to OPRAH WINFREY. Meanwhile, KIM KARDASHIAN basks in the glow of her just-announced pregnancy (proud dad is KANYE WEST) and says she looks forward to privacy — good luck! MILEY CYRUS, beginning her big year, is happily ensconced in her engagement to LIAM HEMSWORTH ...
FILE - In this May 6, 2013 file photo, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit celebrating "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" in New York. Kardashian ranks number three on Google's list of most-searched people in the U.S., the only non-singer on the list. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)
Or is she? It's Oscar time, and MILEY, in a sexy backless white dress, makes news for who she ISN'T with at a post-Oscar party — her fiance. The Oscars bring triumph to BEN AFFLECK and "Argo," his somewhat-true movie about a truly fake one. And they bring us a new sweetheart: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, who trips onto the Oscar podium and into our hearts. Elsewhere, BEYONCE admits her inauguration lip-syncing, then rocks the SUPER BOWL with a spectacular halftime show, sung live, of course ...
Things are heating up for MILEY — she's the March Cosmo cover girl. Of her major image change from those HANNAH MONTANA days, she notes: "Some of the worst things that have happened in my career ... have actually been what's best for me." That would be music to JUSTIN BIEBER's ears. In a bad start to a bad year, the 19-year-old pop star is booed by fans when he shows up late to a concert, struggles with his breathing and faints backstage at a show, is caught on camera clashing with a paparazzo, has his pet monkey confiscated by German authorities when he fails to produce proper papers ... and it's only March!