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posted Friday, December 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 51
BEST OF MUSIC 2010: Hottest artists of the year
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BEST OF MUSIC 2010: Hottest artists of the year

by Albert Rodriguez, Jessica Price, and Shaun Knittel - SGN A&E Writers

There's hot, there's hotter, and there's the hottest. These performers sizzled in 2010 and are ranked here in order of selection.

1) Lady Gaga
Extending her superstardom to a Milky Way few artists ever reach, 2010 was the Year of the Gaga. She dominated with a top-selling international tour, more MTV hardware, more Grammy nods, and her tireless and outspoken shout-outs to the Gay community. A. Rodriguez

2) Eminem
America's bad boy is back and better than ever. On his 2010 release Recovery, Em is at the top of his game with hits like "Love the Way You Lie" and "Not Afraid." More than just a mere comeback; Recovery is a statement that Slim Shady is here to stay. S. Knittel

3) Justin Bieber
From an MTV Award to a pair of Grammy nominations to his own toy doll, this bratty noisemaker capped a year of incessant attention. Bieber-mania is unstoppable and the only way to avoid it is to run far, far away. A. Rodriguez

4) Cast of Glee
Fun, sexy, and multicultural, the cast of the wildly popular musical comedy show Glee are singing and dancing their way into the American psyche. Tackling life, love, and Gay rights, the show has charted song after song, proving that millions of Americans are "Gleeks." S. Knittel

5) Katy Perry
Move over, Lady Gaga - 2010 has also been the year of Katy Perry. Following up Teenage Dream's success with her own fragrance (Purr), she was the featured entertainer on the recent Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, appeared on Ellen, and has even starred on MTV Unplugged. J. Price

6) Lady Antebellum
The other big Lady of 2010 was the Nashville trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott. No one quite penetrated the country music charts and awards circuit like Lady Antebellum, whose megahit "Need You Now" gave them pop distinction. A. Rodriguez

7) Ke$ha
Crest toothpaste got boring when Ke$ha opted to brush her pearlies with a bottle of Jack. "Tik Tok" was the first of several hit singles and the start of a kick-ass career for this party girl. A. Rodriguez

8) Rihanna
With four Grammy nominations, countless magazine covers, an endless string of irresistible hits, and the sold-out "Last Girl On Earth" tour, the only thing left for Rihanna to conquer is whatever she last set her sights on. J. Price

9) Bruno Mars
Mars burst onto the scene lending his vocals and co-writing hooks for songs. In 2010, on his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, he confessed that he really does "Want to be a billionaire so fucking bad" as the song "Just the Way You Are" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. S. Knittel

10) The xx
Beats, bling, and guitars like The Cure if they had minimalist, soul-drenched roots. The band covered Aaliyah's "Hot Like Fire" and scooped up the UK's prestigious Mercury Music Prize this year. J. Price

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