Billboard Declares Swift and West as Top Artists of the Year
Billboard magazine has Taylor Swift and Kanye West as Top Female Artist and Top Male Artist of the Year respectively. However, Swift was named the Top Artist of 2009.
The two hit headlines after West grabbed the microphone from Swift while she was delivering her acceptance speech for an award she won at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards so that he can declare that Beyonce Knowles deserved the trophy more than the country singer.
Beyonce came in second in the female artist category.
Swift has been on a roll this year grabbing most number of awards, including top honors at the Academy of Music Awards, BMI Awards, Country Music Awards and lately the American Music Awards where she beat the legendary Michael Jackson. She is now nominated for eight Grammys, again in three of the four top categories.
Kanye meanwhile fell from grace after the incident. He already made a self-imposed break and his upcoming concert with Lady Gaga was canceled.
Lady Gaga was named Third Top Artist of the Year.
The list was based from the best performances in the Hot 100 single charts and Billboard 200 Album charts from November 2008 to November 2009. Below is the complete list.
3. Lady Gaga
4. The Black Eyed Peas
5. Miley Cyrus