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:
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)
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 - This sept. 22, 2013 file photo shows actress Kerry Washington at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. An “it” girl of the Hollywood-fashion nexus becomes even hotter. TV's "Scandal" actress Kerry Washington made glamorous appearances at New York Fashion Week, where she judged "Project Runway" in a pretty Stella McCartney floral number, and at the Emmys, in an eye-catching Marchesa gown. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)