Miley Cyrus has been named the 2013 MTV Artist of the Year. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker's headline-grabbing duet with Robin Thicke during the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13) not only caused a stir with viewers, but seemingly made an impact with network bosses as well.
Just months after her raunchy performance, executives at MTV have decided to name the 21 year old the Artist of the Year, explaining, "Whether it was the tongue, the twerk-tastic VMA performance or the Terry (Richardson) photo shoot, there's no denying there was a method to Miley's madness, the kind that could only be orchestrated by a 21-year-old who's been in the business for nearly a decade.
"She schooled - and shocked - us all in 2013, and did so on her own terms. All hail the new Queen of Pop."
In addition to her raunchy VMA performance, Cyrus' first album in three years, Bangerz, earned the number one spot in nine different countries including the U.S. and the U.K.
She also had notable appearances on U.S. sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live and MTV's European Music Awards, where she openly smoked a joint on stage.
Cyrus takes the Artist of the Year crown from U.K. boy band One Direction, who fell from first to fifth on this year's (13) list.
Miley Cyrus has found herself among world leaders and humanitarians on Time magazine's Person of the Year shortlist. The pop star recently came third in the publication's online Person of the Year vote, thanks in part to mischievous hackers and her army of fans - and now editors have decided she should be considered for the coveted cover of the end-of-year issue.
Cyrus will face off with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Pope Francis, President Barack Obama and Iranian leader President Hassan Rouhani for the title.
Obama was named Time's Person of the Year in 2012.
Readers voted Egypt’s Defence Minister General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi the Person of the Year online. He beat out Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Time magazine's official Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday (11Dec13).
Meanwhile, there's more good news for Miley - MTV has named her the Artist of the Year.
The 21 year old raised eyebrows and hit the headlines at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13) when she twerked and gyrated through a raunchy dance routine with Robin Thicke wearing nothing but rubber underwear.
British rapper Tinie Tempah has praised Miley Cyrus for distancing herself from her Hannah Montana child star image with a series of controversies. Cyrus has courted headlines since her racy performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13). She has stripped naked for her Wrecking Ball music video and even puffed a marijuana joint onstage at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November (13).
But the hip-hop star insists Cyrus' behaviour is part of a well thought out re-branding campaign.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "She's branding herself as Miley Cyrus, she's picking the right moment to do the right thing. It's not like you ever catch her off camera or hear about her in a private club. That never happens. It's only when she's on TV, at an awards show.
"She picks the right moment to do things to get people talking... she clearly has a plan. She's clearly trying to get everyone talking about her. And everyone is talking about her so therefore she's getting what she wants out of it and her album is selling really well and people are buying her music so it seems like the plan is working."
Soul legend Marvin Gaye's eldest son has added a new twist to the family's legal battle with Blurred Lines hitmakers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams by launching his own countersuit against the singers. Adopted Marvin Gaye III has hired his own attorney and has filed a new suit against Thicke and Williams, claiming they committed copyright infringement on four songs.
His legal action, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, comes on the heels of a countersuit filed by siblings Frankie Christian Gaye and Nona Gaye in October (13), in which they claimed Thicke and his producer pal had illegally sampled two of their late father's hits.
Gaye III alleges Thicke's summer anthem Blurred Lines was copied from his father's Got To Give It Up, the singer's Love After War features samples from Gaye's After The Dance, and two other songs, Make U Love Me and Million Dolla Baby, feature his dad's work from I Want You and Trouble Man, respectively.
An attorney for the late soul man's son insists all four Thicke tracks "serve as examples of songs so similar to Gaye's songs as to leave no doubt but that they were each wholly dependent for their very creations upon Thicke's brazen copying."
But while Gaye III alleges copying on four songs, he's only bringing copyright claims on Blurred Lines and Love After War.
Thicke, his producer Williams and their collaborator T.I. filed a pre-emptive suit in August (13), asking a Los Angeles judge to declare that Blurred Lines did not infringe on Gaye's 1977 song.
The trio faced similar claims from Bridgeport Music bosses, who own the rights to George Clinton's band Funkadelic's compositions - they alleged the tune bears striking similarities to Funkadelic's track Sexy Ways.
Thicke recently confessed he was eager to reach a settlement to avoid a drawn out court battle with his idol's relatives, but they reportedly rejected a six-figure sum.
Miley Cyrus gave her 15 million Twitter.com followers a thrill on Sunday (10Nov13) as she got ready for the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland by posting a 'shower selfie' photo online. The provocative 20 year old appears to be wearing nothing in the shot, which features her posing while showing off her bare shoulders and chain necklaces, and sporting her hair in bunches on top of her head.
She later stunned on the red carpet, wearing a back-less, lace-up mini-dress featuring the faces of slain rap rivals Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur and black and white chequered thigh-high boots.
The singer wasn't just there to dazzle; she also had a message - words printed around the hem of her barely-there outfit read: "Please Stop Violence".
And during the ceremony itself, Cyrus made sure she would be back in the headlines by spanking a little person and grabbing her breast during a performance of We Can't Stop.
The pop superstar became a talking point after the last MTV awards bash in New York in August (13) when she danced provocatively with a bunch of dancers dressed up as teddy bears and then stripped down to flesh-coloured underwear to perform a very racy version of Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke.
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder has spoken out in defence of Miley Cyrus, insisting her recent headline-grabbing behaviour is simply part of her rock and roll persona. The former Hannah Montana star has become a tabloid regular of late after shocking fans with her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), when she danced provocatively with Robin Thicke, and then stripping off to appear naked in the video for her single Wrecking Ball and professing her love for ecstasy and marijuana.
The 20 year old's behaviour has split fans and critics alike, but Ryder claims her actions are typical of any youngster in her position - she's just showing her true rock and roll colours.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I think Miley Cyrus is great. She's a kid, she's young. If she wasn't having sex and doing drugs, she wouldn't be rock and roll. That's what it's all about..."
Cyrus hit headlines again this week (ends10Nov13) after visiting a cannabis cafe in Amsterdam, where marijuana can be legally consumed, on two consecutive nights - first with DJ Afrojack on Thursday (07Nov13), when they spent three hours at the eatery, and then again with British supermodel Cara Delevingne on Friday (08Nov13). The pop star is in the Netherlands to perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday (10Nov13).
Robin Thicke step aside - Pharrell Williams has found a new Blurred Lines partner in Alicia Keys. After Thicke ditched his producer pal for a raunchy rendition of the song at the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus in New York in August (13), Williams hit the stage at the 10th annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball benefit in the Big Apple on Thursday night (07Nov13) with the charity gig's leading lady.
Event founder Keys thrilled guests at the black-tie benefit when she teamed up with Pharrell for the big number and kept the fun going by running through the hitmaker's Daft Punk collaboration, Get Lucky, with him too.
She made this year's AIDS research benefit a family affair by posing for pictures with husband Swizz Beatz and their three-year-old son Egypt on the red carpet and then her man served as the house DJ for the Hammerstein Ballroom bash, which also featured performances from Carole King and Laura Mvula.
Robin Thicke has ruled out the prospect of performing with Miley Cyrus again, insisting their raunchy routine at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was a one-off. Cyrus made headlines in August (13) when she hit the stage in latex underwear to perform a saucy 'twerking' routine with Thicke to his hit track Blurred Lines, and footage of the raunchy stage show became an Internet sensation.
Both stars are expected to appear at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in the Netherlands on Sunday (10Nov13), but Thicke has now confirmed there will be no repeat performance with Cyrus.
He made the revelation in an interview with U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, who asked whether fans could hope for another racy duet and Thicke replied, "Oh no, no no no... No no, definitely no, definitely not."
The singer also revealed that although the VMAs performance was planned, he had no idea Cyrus would don such a raunchy outfit, adding, "You know the only difference was she didn't wear that outfit in rehearsals, so it never seemed as bad, it seemed more playful. And to us, there was no sexuality between us, it was all silliness and fun, it was like throwing a party at your house and being silly."
"Taylor, you have grown up right before our very eyes and I wanna thank you from a grateful industry for never once humping a teddy bear or gyrating with Beetlejuice... I know that's not easy." Country Music Association Awards host Brad Paisley honoured Taylor Swift at the big event in Nashville on Wednesday (06Nov13) for not following Miley Cyrus' example onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), when she danced with bears and stripped to perform with Robin Thicke, who was dressed in a Beetlejuice-style suit.
"The guy who invented the foam finger was mad... I think he felt like I disrespected his creation, but he should be happy because he probably sold more foam fingers!" Miley Cyrus laughs off criticism from foam finger manufacturers about her infamous MTV Video Music Awards accessory, which she used provocatively during her performance with Robin Thicke in August (13).