It’s that time of year. Time to round up the best, worst and most provocative that 2010 had to offer.
CNN’s ShowBiz Tonight announced their pick for the most provocative celebrity of the year and not surprisingly, Lady GaGa took the prize. Runner ups included Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Mel Gibson and Charlie Sheen.
While all five celebs have been pushing the media hot buttons all year, GaGa is the only one to make headlines that weren’t in reference to a messy personal life. In the past 12 months, she became the first artist to be viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, wore a dress made of raw meat, became the most followed user on Twitter (with over 7 million followers), flashed her middle finger at a Mets game, and became a leader in the campaign to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
The criteria used for selecting this annual honoree is as follows:
1. Does the mention of the celebrity spark a visceral reaction?
2. Who provoked the most continuous shock and outrage?
3. Who generated the most continued interest?
4. Whose actions had the most lasting impact?
Among the five nominees ShowBiz Tonight selected, we think Lady GaGa fits the bill. Love her or hate her, 2010 was huge for pop-star and regardless of what opinions there are of her, everyone seems to have one.