Miley Cyrus QMI Agency's Entertainer of '13

Singer Miley Cyrus performs

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

The foam finger. The sledgehammer. The tongue that seemed incapable of staying inside its mouth.

For better or for worse -- and it's genuinely hard to pick one over the other -- Miley Cyrus tore through 2013 like a wrecking ball.

Does that make her the top entertainer of this year? It depends how you define top. She wasn't the biggest moneymaker (although she certainly brought home dumptrucks of cash), nor was her artistic contribution to entertainment particularly valuable (even if she's actually very good at what she does.)

Yet she was certainly impossible to avoid or ignore. The former Disney tween queen and the small empire of people that manage her -- or fail to rein her in -- couldn't have asked for more exposure. From calling off her engagement to Hunger Games hunk Liam Hemsworth to shearing off her hair and dying it blonde to her much-parodied Wrecking Ball video, in which she swings naked from the song's titular instrument of demolition and orally assaults a sledgehammer, you had to be blind and deaf not to have Miley Cyrus infiltrate your world.

But it was her jaw-dropping performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in August that cemented this as the year of Miley. That outfit. That foam finger. And if you didn't know what twerking was before this year, you do now. The image of Miley's barely-clad butt grinding Robin Thicke's crotch is not easily deleted from one's memory.

Sinead O'Connor expressed concern over the music business prostituting Miley. Canada's own Tegan and Sara called her the Madonna of this generation, "a hugely talented pop star with agency over her body and sexuality, which terrifies people." Fans worship her, parents don't know what to make of her. She is either the harbinger of the apocalypse, or the face of individuality and empowerment in music, like a trailer park Lady Gaga that you might actually want to pound a few beers with.

So while the other nine people listed here all helped make 2013 an unforgettable year in entertainment, no one caused a ruckus quite like Miley Cyrus. Hats off, and tongues out.

Jennifer Lawrence

The odds seem to be ever in JLaw's favour. Coming off her 2012 Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook, she spent this year hungrily gaming in the critical juggernaut Catching Fire, and is about to be seen in David O. Russell's much-anticipated American Hustle. The fact she's deliciously funny and shockingly humble in real life is just the icing on the cake.

Sandra Bullock

After navigating a couple years of personal trauma, Bullock's career has never been hotter. Her buddy cop comedy The Heat sounded iffy on paper, but ended up being the second highest-grossing comedy of the year. And then came Gravity, and our minds, hearts and eyeballs collectively exploded.

Bryan Cranston

We followed Breaking Bad's Walter White on his five-season journey into the heart of darkness, culminating with this year's wrenching series finale. But we wouldn't have gone along for the ride if it wasn't for Cranston's portrayal of a chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin. We loved him. We hated him. We miss him.

Rob Ford

While the citizens of Toronto have long since stopped finding the antics of their crack-smoking mayor entertaining, Rob Ford was unquestionably a goldmine for late night comedians and their audiences. And the stuff just writes itself - Ford's so-called serious interviews with American journalists have been funnier than that lame Saturday Night Live skit.

Dan and Sam Houser

You may not have heard of the London-born, Brooklyn-based brothers and co-founders of video game company Rockstar Games, but you've almost certainly heard of Grand Theft Auto. This year's Grand Theft Auto V, the latest installment in the 15-year-old franchise, raked in $1 billion in its first three days of release, making it the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.

Matthew McConaughey

He may have the face that launched a thousand romantic comedies, but shirtphobic bongo enthusiast McConaughey exercised his acting chops as much as his abs this year, with dramatic turns in Mud, Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle, at least one of which is likely to net him an Oscar nomination. This probably means there won't be a How to Lose a Guy in 11 days, but we'll just have to live without it.

Pharrell Williams

If you found yourself bobbing your head along to a song on the radio this year, Pharrell Williams was probably to blame. The jack-of-all-musical-trades collaborated with Robin Thicke on Blurred Lines and Daft Punk on Get Lucky, wrote three songs for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and is nominated for seven Grammys this year, potentially to add to the three he already has. Hey hey hey!

Benedict Cumberbatch

A year or so ago, Benedict Cumberbatch was "that guy in that Sherlock Holmes show, except they're in modern times, but not the Jonny Lee Miller one." This year, he faced down Capt. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness, Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the U.S. government in The Fifth Estate, not to mention his roles in 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County. The man's career is currently travelling at Warp 9.

Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man 3 didn't make $1.2 billion at the box office because people like looking at crimson-and-gold CGI superheroes. Downey is the face and heart of that franchise - and, arguably, of The Avengers as well - and thus has earned his place as the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.


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