MTV names Miley Cyrus best artist of 2013

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Stick that on your sledgehammer and lick it.

MTV announced this morning that its music and news teams have selected their Best Artist of 2013: Miley Cyrus. Past recipients of this relatively new honor include Katy Perry and One Direction. (And, er, only those two; this is the third year MTV’s named a Best Artist.)

This year’s pick should come as no surprise; the channel says that Cyrus’s MTV artist page was visited more than any other on its website, and her “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” VMA medley with Robin Thicke was its most watched video of 2013.

Cyrus isn’t the only one winning accolades from MTV: The net has also put together a full list of the year’s top 10 artists. After taking into account album and single sales, touring, airplay, social media, Internet, and “overall impact,” here’s who made the cut:

1. Miley Cyrus
2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Kanye West
5. One Direction
6. Katy Perry
7. Drake
8. Bruno Mars
9. Lorde
10. Lady Gaga

And for good measure, here’s a list of the year’s most-watched music videos on MTV.com,:

1. Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” Live from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
2. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”
3. Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
4. T.I. feat Lil Wayne, “Wit Me”
5. ENUR feat Nicki Minaj, “I’m That Chick”
6. Justin Timberlake/NSYNC “Medley” Live from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
7. Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”
8. Taylor Swift, “Red” Live from the 2013 CMT Music Awards
9. Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
10. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Live from 2012 MTV EMA

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