No contest: Miley was our 2013 pop-culture queen

First Published      Last Updated Dec 26 2013 02:59 pm
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An "it" girl of the Hollywood-fashion nexus becomes even hotter. TV's "Scandal" actress KERRY WASHINGTON makes glamorous appearances at New York Fashion Week, where she judges "Project Runway" in a pretty Stella McCartney floral number, and at the Emmys, in an eye-catching Marchesa gown. MILEY watch: Her reps confirm her engagement to Hemsworth is off ...


But hey, KIMYE's getting hitched! WEST proposes to Kardashian at the AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, with a screen reading: "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!" He also makes an uncomfortable appearance with Jimmy Kimmel, an effort to defuse a feud stemming from a parody skit. MILEY hosts "Saturday Night Live," playing a salacious version of Michele Bachmann. Maybe it's not a great idea to give MILEY advice: After Irish singer SINÉAD O'CONNOR counsels her publicly to avoid being sexually exploited by the industry, MILEY strikes back on Twitter, mentioning O'CONNOR's struggles with bipolar disorder.


Time for some year-end awards. "Twerk" is on the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionary word of the year, though it loses out to "selfie." People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive is singer ADAM LEVINE. On the GQ annual list of least influential celebrities, Miley is No. 6, but don't feel TOO bad, Miley, President Obama is No. 17. At the American Music Awards, meanwhile, MILEY doesn't disappoint, performing "Wrecking Ball" as a duet with a giant, lip-syncing CGI kitten.


More nods to MILEY's pop-culture dominance: MTV names her artist of the year. As for KARDASHIAN, she ranks No. 3 on GOOGLE's list of most-searched people in the U.S., the only non-singer on the list. Fiancé West is No. 10. And Google's No. 1 is ... come on, did you have any doubt? MILEY also tops Yahoo's most-searched list. (KARDASHIAN is second.) And, as the year ticks to a close, guess who's going to be rocking out in Times Square.

Happy MILEY Year.