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GQ's 25 Most Stylish Men of 2012

(My personal fav, of course...)
Whether it was athletes stepping up their game off the field, rappers saying goodbye to gaudy excess, or actors actually giving a ****, 2012 was the year famous guys finally got serious about taking risks and looking good. These are best-dressed gents we saw on every red carpet, big event, and beyond this year ending today with the five men who stood stylishly above the rest.

5. Ewan McGregor
McGregor kicked off 2012 with a pretty nice GQ spread (if we do say so ourselves), and a walk down the Golden Globes red carpet that made us proud. After that, the man never looked back when it came to black-tie dressing, acing every formal occasion from Cannes and beyond in sleek one-button tuxes that were anything but stuffy.
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A Sia Post.. :-)

5 new songs from Sia's upcoming album, We Are Born. it is set to be released in June!!! Fyi, she's now with RCA! :) So happy for her!

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AMA nominations...NO Britney..

Kings of Leon
Taylor Swift
Lady Gaga
Michael Jackson

POP/ROCK - Favorite Male Artist
Michael Jackson

POP/ROCK - Favorite Female Artist
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

POP/ROCK - Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon

POP/ROCK - Favorite Album
Fame - Lady Gaga
Number Ones - Michael Jackson
Fearless - Taylor Swift

COUNTRY - Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Keith Urban

COUNTRY - Favorite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

COUNTRY - Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

COUNTRY - Favorite Album
Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts
Fearless - Taylor Swift
Foundation - Zac Brown Band

RAP/HIP-HOP - Favorite Male Artist

RAP/HIP-HOP - Favorite Album
Relapse - Eminem
Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
Paper Trail - T.I.

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Male Artist
Jamie Foxx
Michael Jackson

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Female Artist
Keyshia Cole
Keri Hilson

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Mary Mary

SOUL/R&B - Favorite Album
I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
Number Ones - Michael Jackson

SOUNDTRACKS - Favorite Album
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
Twilight Soundtrack

ALTERNATIVE ROCK - Favorite Artist
Green Day
Kings of Leon

Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift

LATIN - Favorite Artist
Luis Fonsi
Wisin Y Yandel

Jeremy Camp
Brandon Heath
Mary Mary




source: http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards/nominations

Michael? Beyonce in both POP and R&B? Taylor as POP and Country  and Adult Contemporary? KOL as artist of the year? No Britney? This is some fuckery.

Top 40 Pop Artists of All Time

40. Everly Brothers

39. Barry Manilow

38. Sam Cooke

37. Pet Shop Boys

36. Beyonce

35. Simon and Garfunkel

34. Dusty Springfield

33. The Carpenters

32. Donna Summers

31. Robbie Williams

30. Fleetwood Mac

29. Sly and the Family Stone

28. Eagles

27. David Bowie

26. Queen

25. Jay-Z

24. Marvin Gaye

23. Duran Duran

22. U2

21. Rod Stewart

20. Aretha Franklin

19. Whitney Houston

18. Bruce Springsteen

17. Billy Joel

16. Prince

15. Bee Gees

14. ABBA

13. The Beach Boys

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11. Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814Courtesy A&M Records

At a number of points in her career, Janet Jackson has threatened to surpass the achievements of her brother Michael Jackson in chart and sales success. Few artists have been more influential than Janet Jackson in the dance choreography that has accompanied many of her biggest hits. In addition to her music, Janet Jackson is also an accomplished actor.

Essential Songs


  • "Escapade"
  • "Miss You Much"
  • "Doesn't Really Matter"
  • "Nasty"
  • "Rhythm Nation"

10. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - DaydreamCourtesy Columbia Records

With 18 under her belt, Mariah Carey is the only currently recording artist in striking distance of reaching the Beatles' all-time record of 20 #1 pop singles in the US. Her collaboration with Boyz II Men on "One Sweet Day" spent 16 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 which remains a record. Mariah Carey's vocal range and melismatic approach are trademarks that have influenced countless other female vocalists in the past two decades.

Essential Songs


  • "Fantasy"
  • "Vision of Love"
  • "Dreamlover"
  • "We Belong Together"
  • "Hero"

9. Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of LifeCourtesy Motown

Stevie Wonder emerged in the early 1960s as a precocious child star with one of the most infectious live hits ever recorded, "Fingertips - Pt. 2." Through the rest of the decade and early 1970s he matured as an artist until he took full artistic control as singer, musician, producer and songwriter. His music ranged across styles, but usually remained rooted in highly rhythmic textures. The songs are noted for their positive outlook even when dealing with difficult social issues. After over 45 years Stevie Wonder continues to record for his original label Motown.

Essential Songs


  • "Superstition"
  • "Sir Duke"
  • "Fingertips - Pt. 2"
  • "If You Really Love Me"
  • "Living for the City"

8. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - ThrillerCourtesy Epic

Michael Jackson, with the possible exception of Elvis Presley, was the epitome of larger than life pop music figures. He hit the pop spotlight as a child of 11 in 1969 with his brothers in the group Jackson 5. At the end of the next decade he emerged as a young adult recording artist. Michael Jackson recorded Thriller, the bestselling album of all time, and was the world's biggest pop star in the late 1980s. His career became mired in tabloid rumors and criminal investigations. However, his star still shone brightly when he died suddenly at age 50 in 2009.

Essential Songs


  • "Billie Jean"
  • "Black or White"
  • "Man in the Mirror"
  • "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
  • "You Are Not Alone"

7. The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones - Let It BleedCourtesy Decca Records

Originally many saw the Rolling Stones as sort of a scruffy, explicit anti-Beatles. However, through the decades to come the group developed their own distinctive status as "the world's greatest rock and roll band." They have been responsible for bringing strong influences of American blues into the pop mainstream and remain one of the world's top live bands.

Essential Songs


  • "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  • "Brown Sugar"
  • "Miss You"
  • "Honky Tonk Women"
  • "Paint It, Black"

6. Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand - The Way We WereCourtesy Columbia Records

Barbra Streisand is the bestselling female album artist of all time in the US. She is also a pioneer among women in filmmaking having become a successful director as well as actor. Her success is particularly notable, because her primary vocal style remains outside of the pop mainstream yet she has released five #1 pop singles.

Essential Songs


  • "The Way We Were"
  • "Woman In Love"
  • "People"
  • "Love Theme from 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)"
  • "Stoney End"

5. Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the NightCourtesy Reprise Records

Frank Sinatra is the most successful pop artist at transcending the era of swing and pop standards to remain a recording star after the advent of rock 'n roll. He first hit Billboard singles charts in 1939. His last significant chart hit, "Theme from New York, New York," appeared over 40 years later in 1980 when he was 64. Frank Sinatra is the recipient of 11 Grammy Awards as well as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity. Frank Sinatra died in 1998 at the age of 82.

Essential Songs


  • "Strangers In the Night"
  • "Theme from New York, New York"
  • "My Way"
  • "Love and Marriage"
  • "Somethin' Stupid" with Nancy Sinatra

4. Madonna

Madonna - Like a PrayerCourtesy Warner Bros.

Madonna has released 37 top 10 pop hits in the US, more than any other artist. She also ranks as the top dance artist of all time. Seven of her albums have debuted at #1 in the US. She is a member of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

Essential Songs


  • "Like a Prayer"
  • "Vogue"
  • "Music"
  • "Like a Virgin"
  • "Ray of Light"

3. Elton John

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadCourtesy MCA

Elton John is the foremost piano player in pop music history. He has released over 50 top 40 singles including a phenomenal 38 consecutive top 40 singles from 1972 through 1986. His music could be considered definitive of mainstream pop in the 1970s. In recent years Elton John has toured frequently with a fellow successful piano playing pop musician, Billy Joel.

Essential Songs


  • "Your Song"
  • "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  • "Bennie and the Jets"
  • "Daniel"
  • "Philadelphia Freedom"

2. Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley - Elvis" Golden RecordsCourtesy RCA

Without Elvis Presley, its hard to imagine how much of what came after in pop and rock music could have happened. He brought rock 'n roll into American living rooms. Elvis Presley became a larger than life cultural icon. He recorded over 100 pop top 40 hits. Elvis Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Essential Songs


  • "Jailhouse Rock"
  • "Suspicious Minds"
  • "Are You Lonesome Tonight"
  • "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • "Don't Be Cruel"

1. The Beatles

Beatles - RevolverCourtesy EMI

The Beatles are the pop band by which nearly everything else in pop music is matched and measured. Their influence on pop artists that followed their phenomenal single decade career from 1960 to 1970 is unmeasurable. They continue to hold the record for the most #1 pop singles in the US at 20 and are widely considered to be the bestselling album artists of all time. Their influence is still felt so strongly they will rank as one of the top selling album recording act of the decade of the 2000's.

Essential Songs


  • "Hey Jude"
  • "Help!"
  • "Get Back"
  • "Come Together"
  • "A Hard Day's Night"

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