7. Britney Spears
Brit-Brit turned 30 in December, so the time was ripe for some nostalgic looks back at her career. That’s exactly what she got at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, where she was given a tribute performance and presented with the Video Vanguard Award by Lady Gaga. It was a high point in what’s been a roller-coaster year for Spears, who notched another No. 1 album (“Femme Fatale”) and single (“Hold It Against Me”) while doing nothing to combat public opinion that something disturbing lurks behind that “dead in the eyes” look. Perhaps her newly announced engagement will bring her back to life.—Jeff Royer
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