Considering Kanye West's checkered past year with MTV, it seems unfit that the opinionated hip-hop genius would top any list complied by the media outlet. But in all honesty, West's crowning as MTV News' "Man Of The Year" is absolutely appropriate.
Now before you rush to populate the comment section of this post with Kanye hate, you have to give him some credit as a newsmaker.
Other MTV News "Man Of The Year" top contenders, Eminem (No. 2), Justin Bieber (No. 3), Drake (No. 4), and Lil' Wayne (No. 5), had an impressive year, but none captured a news headline better than the rapper we love to hate.
Kanye's artistic work made up for all the flack he received for stealing Taylor Swift's 2009 Video Music Award moment of glory -- and subsequent rants.
MTV News correspondent Tim Kash said it best when making the announcement: "Behind the massive ego is a load of talent."
After the VMA incident last year, Kanye went into seclusion, but he made a memorable return last May and has since dominated entertainment news.
West's song, "Power," questioned authority. He joined Twitter and became one of its most active and interesting celebrity users. He offered a G.O.O.D. Friday free download for months. He created one of hip-hop's most compelling music videos, an artistic moving picture for "Power." And when he returned to the VMA stage this year, not only did he not apologize for his past indiscretions but he suggested that a toast be made in his obnoxious honor.
Then, West stepped things up. He released another epic video, this time a 35-minute minimovie for "Runaway." The explicit cover of his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" was banned yet still debuted at No. 1. He expressed regret for his "George Bush doesn't care about black people" comment and dissed Today's Matt Lauer in the same breath. His "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" debuted at No. 1. And now we all wait in anticipation for his next short, a horror-themed clip for "Monster," a collab with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. The preview looks as chilling as a "Saw" sequel.
We can hate Mr. West all we want, but there is no denying that, in 2010, he owned music news. Let's all raise a glass to our computer monitors and smartphones screens and make a toast to the self-described jerk. Hip hip. Kan-ye!
West wasn't the only musician to receive praise this week. Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, and Tom Waits were among the lucky guys announced as inductees to the 2011 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Past honoree Aretha Franklin, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, was released from the hospital this week, but there was also some bad news. Funk pioneer George Clinton initiated a lawsuit against the Black Eyed Peas for allegedly sampling his song, "Knee Deep," without permission on a remix of their record, "Shut Up." And we lost music pioneer Captain Beefheart, who died at 69 of age.
Your pals at That's Really Week have enjoyed wrapping up the music news for you in 2010 and wish you all happy holidays.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 NEWS STORIES
1) Media Darling -- MTV News names Kanye Man Of The Year
2) Icon Remembered -- Captain Beefheart succumbs to multiple sclerosis
3) Schoolhouse Rock -- Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame names new inductees
4) No Place Like Home -- Aretha Franklin is released from the hospital
5) Shut Up, Just Shut Up -- George Clinton sues Black Eyed Peas over sample use