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.taylor-swift

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.

Billboard’s Top Artists of 2009

1. Taylor Swift

2. Beyonce

3. Lady Gaga

4. The Black Eyed Peas

5. Miley Cyrus

6. Kanye West

7.Britney Spears

8. T.I.

9. Nickelback

10. Pink

11. Kings of Leon

12. Katy Perry

13. Flo Rida

14. Kelly Clarkson

15. Jason Mraz

16. The Fray

17. Ne-Yo

18. Lil Wayne

19. Rascal Flatts

20. Zac Brown Band

Billboard’s Top Female Artists of 2009

1. Taylor Swift

2. Beyonce

3. Lady Gaga

4. Miley Cyrus

5. Britney Spears

6. Pink

7. Katy Perry

8. Kelly Clarkson

9. Rihanna

10. Keri Hilson

Billboard’s Top Male Artists of 2009

1. Kanye West

2. T.I.

3. Flo Rida

4. Jason Mraz

5. Ne-Yo

6. Lil Wayne

7. Pitbull

8. Jamie Foxx

9. Eminem

10. Drake