Taylor Swift and Kanye West Named Artists of the Year

December 10, 2009 By:
Taylor Swift and Kanye West Named Artists of the Year

Taylor Swift probably never wants to be mentioned in the same sentence as Kanye West. But unfortunately, the two artists equally impacted the music industry this year.

Billboard has just named Taylor and Kanye the Top Female and Male Artists of the year. And ironically, the woman Taylor beat out for the number one spot is Beyonce. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kanye!

Taylor has had quite the year—winning the VMA for Best Female Video, two Academy of Country Music awards, five BMI awards, and five Country Music Association awards (including Entertainer of the Year). Most recently, Swift took home five American Music Awards -- including Artist of the Year. Swift also sits atop Billboard's overall Artists of 2009 list.

Kanye has had a rough last couple of months. His tour with Lady Gaga was quickly cancelled in light of the Taylor incident.
But the two will likely to come face-to-face at the 2010 Grammys; he is nominated for five awards, Taylor’s up for eight.

Here are the top ten men and women:

Billboard's Top Female Artists of 2009

1. Taylor Swift

2. Beyonce

3. Lady Gaga

4. Miley Cyrus

5. Britney Spears

6. Pink

7. Katy Perry

8. Kelly Clarkson

9. Rihanna

10. Keri Hilson

Billboard's Top Male Artists of 2009

1. Kanye West

2. T.I.

3. Flo Rida

4. Jason Mraz

5. Ne-Yo

6. Lil Wayne

7. Pitbull

8. Jamie Foxx

9. Eminem

10. Drake