Billboard Names Lady Gaga Top Artist of 2010, Ke$ha Best New Act

One year after nabbing Billboard’s coveted award for Best New Artist, the pants-less one is back for the whole enchilada. Lady Gaga’s two albums, The Fame and The Fame Monster, were the fourth and thirteenth best selling albums of 2010, respectively, which was a strong enough performance earn her the top artist nod.

Whitney Houston is the only other woman in the last 25 years to win best new artist and then best artist the next year. Only Chris Brown has bested Gaga and Houston with his 2006 clinching of both.  

Taylor Swift followed up her outright win last year with a dignified second place spot this year, becoming the first female solo artist to pull off this stunt since Mariah Carey in 1991 and 1992. Fearless finished the year-end chart at #9 and the just released Speak Now stands at #7. Since 1997, Billboard’s top two artists have always charted on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop list, but Gaga and Taylor ended that streak. 

23-year-old Ke$ha is also sitting pretty as Billboard’s best new artist, but perhaps her biggest achievement of the year is topping the Hot 100 Songs chart with her debut single “Tik Tok,” which spent nine weeks at number one. No woman has ever accomplished both in the history of Billboard. Susan Boyle is their third pick for best new artist, although she’ll be most happy about I Dreamed a Dream finishing as the best-selling album of the year.  

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