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The Best & Worst of Hollywood in 2013

There is never a dull year in Hollywood! Let’s take a look at 2013’s best, worst and favorite Hollywood moments.

Best Album: Beyoncé’s Beyoncé

Without a single bit of promotion, Beyoncé’s new self-titled (and completely visual) album debuted at #1, making her the first woman in the world to have all five of her studio albums take the No.1 spot on the charts. Who runs the world? Queen Bey. 

Runner-Up: Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience

JT’s third studio album was the best-selling album on iTunes in 2013. The album also received a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Pop Album. Eleven years later and he’s still got it!

 

Best Song: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Daft Punk fell off the radar for a while but made a definitive comeback with their undeniably catchy hit. The single was the first song to sell 1 million copies in 2013, and it earned the group two Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Runner-Up: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

This famous single sold 7 million copies and was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for the Grammys. What what, what, what?

 

Best TV Show: Breaking Bad

Walter White was the king of television in 2013, with the series finale drawing in a record-breaking 10.3 million viewers. The show earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest-Rated TV Series, and earned 131 award nominations and 48 wins, including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. All hail the king.

Runner-Up: Orange Is the New Black

The Netflix original series has blown many major shows on television out of the park. It has been the center of conversation all over Hollywood, covering major taboo topics like incarceration, sexuality and race.

You may even remember a few of our favorite celebs dressing up as some of the characters, such as Julianne Hough’s brow-raising Crazy Eyes costume.

 

Favorite Female Celebrity: Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has taken over Hollywood in 2013. Between The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle, her hilarious confessions about butt plugs and bowel movements and her crusade to be an A+ role model for young girls, how can you not love J. Law? She’s hysterical, canny, beautiful and, of course, a total bad*ss.

Runner-Up: Miley Cyrus

Whether you hate to love her or love to hate her, you can’t deny that Miley is hard to overlook. Miley has practically owned Hollywood after her racy makeover. All backlash set aside, she has made a statement for girls around the world…. “forget the haters, cause somebody loves ya.” So wise, Miley.

 

Favorite Male Celebrity: Justin Timberlake

JT’s new album tossed him back on our radar, and he’s coming back hotter than ever. Gone are the days of silver jumpsuits and greasy, bleach-blonde curls. He’s got it all: the voice of an angel, knockout performances, super sexy style, a smokin’ hot wife, the gentleman mystique and a number-one single with Jay-Z. Who would have thought that the corkscrew-curly-headed boy-band heartthrob would still own Hollywood to this very day?

Runner-Up: Chris Hemsworth

Liam’s big brother is stealing the show! After his, um…. chiseled enactment as Thor, Chris has since been making millions of women all hot and bothered. In 2013, he was in two major action movies, Star Trek Into Darkness and Thor: The Dark World, and he has four more coming out in the next two years.

 What makes him even sexier? His adoring fixation with his wife and daughter.

 

Fiercest Hairdo: Pixie Cuts

We have seen some of our favorite celebs chop their locks off to go for the short pixie look: Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Pamela Anderson, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Kristin Chenoweth… need we say more?

Runner-Up: Sock Buns

We’re bringing Audrey Hepburn’s famous hairdo back.

 

Most Memorable Selfie: Kim Kardashian

It’s big, and it’s back. As if her butt wasn’t already famous enough, Kim posted this selfie on her Instagram for the entire world to see. Just four months after giving birth to her daughter, Kim used this picture as her middle finger to all of the people who gave her hell for her pregnancy weight gain. Message received, Kim. You look hot.

Runner-Up: Nick Jonas

Our jaws practically dropped when we saw Nick Jonas’s selfie of his new-and-improved rock-hard abs. Let’s just say the youngest JoBro has grown up… and we aren’t complaining. Hopefully there’s plenty more where this came from.

 

Worst Celebrity Fallout: Lance Armstrong

In January 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted he was a cheater, and a good one at that. In an intimate interview with Oprah, the Olympic cyclist confessed to using banned performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, which helped him earn all seven of his Tour de France wins. To top it off, he also admitted to doping his blood samples and falsifying official documents to help him pass his drug tests. As the face of The Livestrong Foundation, Armstrong was stripped of all of his medals, his titles, his sponsors and millions of dollars. What did we learn from Armstrong this year? Cheaters never prosper. 

Runner-Up: Paula Deen

Our favorite butter-cooking, Crisco covered, fried-chicken queen met her social demise when she was accused of making racist comments to some of her employees at her restaurant. She lost her contract with Food Network, as well as her publishing contract for her best-selling cookbook. Let’s just say Paula’s Walmart cookware line went on the bottom of the dusty and lonely clearance shelf after the disaster surfaced.

 

Most Talked-About Book: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The X-rated book has everyone talking, especially since E.L. James announced that it would be hitting the big screen in 2015. There was also a heated debate over the chosen celebrity to play the role of Christian Grey. Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnman was originally set to play the sex-obsessed character until die-hard fans went far enough to petition him out of the role.

After the whole mess, Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan was picked as the new lead role, and we’re not complaining… have you seen the guy?

Runner-Up: The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling wrote the detective novel under the fake name of Robert Galbraith. Critics were shocked when they discovered that the beloved Harry Potter author was, in fact, the author of this amazingly well-written novel. After her cover was busted, the book became a best seller. We guess one thing is clear: the woman knows a thing or two about writing a best-selling novel.

 

Most Notorious Music Video: Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball

Miley made music video history when she was featured naked, swinging around on a giant wrecking ball and licking a sledgehammer in her eyebrow-raising music video for “Wrecking Ball.” While she claims the video has an artistic meaning, some of us aren’t very convinced. But hey, do your thing, girl – with more than 430 million views on YouTube, we guess you don’t need any explanation.

Runner Up: Kanye West’s “Bound 2”

Yes, it is the weirdest thing we’ve ever seen, but it’s Kanye, and he can pull off just about anything in Hollywood. Throw in Kim Kardashian naked on a motorcycle riding off into the sunset and you get a YouTube sensation. The music video has more than 20 million views and has even inspired a few remakes.

Our favorites? Ellen Degeneres’s and Portia de Rossi’s Christmas card.

And of course, Seth Rogen’s and James Franco’s version, “Bound 3.”

 

Favorite Celebrity Couple: Beyoncé and Jay-Z

They can’t be stopped. The most prominent hip-hop couple of our time is BFFs with the Obamas and nearly starts a revolution every time they release new music. Between Beyonce’s new visual album and her $50 million deal with Pepsi and Jay-Z’s sold-out summer tour and his $20 million deal with Samsung, Blue Ivy will never be living a hard-knock life. As of April, the couple and their daughter have an estimated combined net worth of more than $1 billion. Um… can you say Magna Carta, holy crap?

Runner-Up: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them. 2013 was a huge year for Kimye: they had a baby, an album and an engagement. With a combined worth of $140 million and one of the most famous children in the world, the couple won’t be going away anytime soon.

 

Biggest Celebrity Break-Up: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

Even though they got married after only a month of knowing each other, we had great hopes for Khloe and Lamar. That being said, our hearts broke when we caught wind of the divorce news. After four years of marriage, Khloe filed for divorce on December 13, 2013, among rumors of Lamar’s drug abuse. RIP Khlomar.

Runner-Up: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

For a quick second, these two were the Romeo and Juliet of our generation. Their performance in The Last Song had us thinking they would be together forever, so there wasn’t a dry millennial eye when Miley and Liam announced their split. Some of us still have a glimmer of hope that the two will reunite, but after Miley’s image makeover, we think it’s safe to say that the chances are slim to none.

 

Most Notorious Celebrity Baby: Prince George

This little ham is the cutest thing that has happened to royalty since the Queen’s beloved corgis. He is the third in line to succeed his grandmother’s throne. His birth marked the first time since 1894 that three generations of direct heirs to the throne are alive at the same time. Look at him: he will be charming the knickers off of England for years and years to come.

Runner-Up: North West

North has her mother’s eyes and her father’s cheeks – Kimye sure knows how to make beautiful babies. Even before she was born, all of Hollywood was talking about North West. When she finally arrived, her chosen name was the topic of every tabloid and morning talk show. Not even a year old and the girl is arguably one of the most famous children in the world.

 

Most Shocking Celebrity Death: Cory Monteith

Glee fans were shook to the core when Cory Monteith suddenly passed away of a drug overdose on July 13, 2013. There wasn’t a dry eye in Hollywood when the show’s tribute episode aired, featuring his castmates singing songs like “Seasons of Love,” “I’ll Stand by You,” “Fire and Rain,” “If I Die Young,” “No Surrender” and Lea Michele’s beautiful rendition of “Make You Feel My Love.”

Runner-Up: Paul Walker

With the filming of Fast & Furious 7 in full swing, Paul Walker tragically passed away in a fiery car crash on November 30, 2013. The irony of the way he died chilled Hollywood and left people wondering how the newest movie from the franchise would continue. On December 23, 2013, directors announced that the movie will continue filming and will be released in April 2015.

 

Favorite Dynamic Duo: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

These two gave hosting the Golden Globes a whole new meaning. What’s even better news is that they are coming back to host the next two, starting with the first in January 2014. With their history of performances together on SNL and the big screen, these two are always guaranteed to make you wheeze with laughter.   

Runner-Up: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

Because their performance in The Heat was almost too hilariously perfect for words.

 

Hottest Model: Kate Upton

The (ahem) busty model has gained a lot of attention this year. Only 21 years old, Kate Upton is America’s favorite bombshell since Marilyn Monroe. The curvy model has been flooding the tabloids, big screen and magazine covers, sparking new conversation; Vogue even called it “The Kate Upton Effect.” She has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated twice, as well as other major magazines, including Vogue and Vanity Fair. There’s no denying that she’s the new face of the model world. 

Runner-Up: Miranda Kerr

On April 16, 2013, the Victoria Secret Angel announced that she would be retiring and that her three-year, $1 million contract Victoria’s Secret would not be renewed. Her career only skyrocketed from there – with her growing skin care line, KORA Organics, she built her way to number two on Forbes‘s list of highest-paid models of 2013.

 

Best Movie Sequel: Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second movie was even better than the first, and you get to see a whole lot of Liam Hemsworth. The movie broke November records, making $110.2 million worldwide after its first weekend. Who wouldn’t pay to see JLaw and Liam on one screen?

Runner-Up: Anchorman 2

Sure, it took nine years, but the legend continues. The much-anticipated sequel made $8.1 million in its first full day, which only goes to prove that Will Ferrell and his crew never fail to disappoint.

 

Celebrity Body Makeover: Christina Aguilera

2002’s Stripped Christina is seriously back in action. Five years after having her son, Max, she is looking even better than she did in the beginning of her career. Remake of “Dirrty” somewhere in the near future? We can only hope so.

Runner-Up: Jessica Simpson

After taking some serious heat during and after her back-to-back pregnancies, the Weight Watchers spokesperson is making a comeback.

 

The only question left is: what will 2014 bring to the land of the stars? We can only wait and see!

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