Barack Obama. Mark Zuckerberg. Miley Cyrus. Ben Bernanke. Which one of these names does not belong?
Miley Cyrus, of course.
The 21-year-old twerk-loving pop star is currently winning TIME magazine’s online poll for the 2013 Person of the Year. With 23.8 percent of the vote, Miley is leading Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (16.4 percent), NSA leaker Edward Snowden (4.8 percent), teen activist Malala Yousafzaic (1.3 percent) and even the Pope (1.2 percent).
The publication describes the title as the person who “most influenced the news this year for better or worse,” so, unfortunately for all the people who actually brought forth meaningful change this year, Miley is a good contender.
There’s still another five days of voting left so the numbers are subjected to change. Voters are required to cast their vote through Twitter and Facebook so that may have something to do with the young star’s popularity, as well.
The results of the poll will be revealed on December 6. TIME editors will announce their selected person of the year for the annual cover on December 11.
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1. Top AMA Moments
The 2013 American Music Awards came and went, but not without a few notable moments that stuck out in our heads, like: Rihanna's doobie and Macklemore's shout out to Trayvon Martin. Keep clicking for the best and most memorable moments...
2. Rihanna Wore A Doobie
Oh Rihanna. She walked straight out of the Domincan salon and onto the AMA stage. We're so conflicted about Ri Ri's decision to leave in her bobby pins and rock a doobie wrap to the AMAs. While one side of us loathes the island gal for being so basic the other side of us adores how she brings real life trends to the limelight. Either way she's so freaking gorg! She had that oil sheen on lock!
3. Miley Cyrus' Backtrack Flub
If you were expecting Miley Cyrus to do something crazy like twerk with her tongue out, you're so disappointed. She did perform with a giant cat, however. Miley let her talent speak for itself (if you don't count her ensemble as a gimmick) and actually sing, and that she did. Miley sang her little heart out and when the backtrack began to skip, she recovered but we're sure they'll be lip-syncing rumors to follow.
4. Jennifer Lopez Killed The Salsa
In one of the greatest tributes to Cecila Cruz we've ever seen, Jennifer Lopez literally stomped on the competition with her saucy salsa performance! J. Lo left her "Fly Girl" soul on the stage, but we can't forget her backup dancing boyfriend who impressed us with his epic body roll. Watch the performance here: http://bit.ly/IczZZR
5. Rihanna Shares The Stage With Her Mother
If you aren't familiar with Rihanna's mother Monica, you got to witness her fabulousness first hand at the AMAs when she presented Rihanna with the first ever Icon award and gushed about her daughter in a moment that showed Black women in an amazing light. We live for the way Rihanna's mother's presence turned her into a wide-eyed little girl.
6. Macklemore References Trayvon Martin In Acceptance Speech
The Trayvon Martin case weighed heavy on most people's heart and artist Macklemore was one of them. During his acceptance speech, he referenced Trayvon in an attempt to keep the conversation about racial profiling going, saying: "This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it's time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it."
7. R.Kelly & Lady Gaga's Novella
This is what happens when you put two musical geniuses together, Lady Gaga and R. Kelly put on a theatrical performance of their song "Do What You Want" and we loved every minute of the interracial JFK, Marilyn Monroe affair. And can we talk about Lady Gaga's voice? She was singing for her life, yes she was!
8. Ariana Grande's Performance & 10 Second Speech
It's official, we love Ariana Grande. After stealing the show with a nostalgic Mariah Carey-like performance (the girl's got some pipes on her) she charmed us when she accepted the Kohl's New Artist of the Year award and delivered her "Thank You's" in under 10 seconds. Watch the performance here: http://bit.ly/IczZZR
9. Ciara Shuts Down Baby Bump Rumors
Ciara left little to the imagination when she donned this see-through floor length J Mendel gown. There doesn't appear to be a baby bump in sight but then again we haven't stopped looking at her boobs.
10. Naya Rivera Is A Kim Kardashian Prototype
Big Seans' fiance Naya Rivera shut down the red carpet in this plunging gown but we wish she would have kept her mouth closed because she sounds just like Kim Kardashian. If you follow the "Glee" star on Instagram, you'd know she and Kimmy Kakes are friends. That Kardashian whiny voice is enough to drive you insane. Big Sean and Kanye West make music together, they must go to the same therapist as well.
11. Ride With Nelly
Nelly took us on a trip down memory lane when he performed his song "Ride With Me." When we weren't staring at his gorgeous arms peeking through that tight shirt, we sang along and twerked a little. But, when is anyone going to tell Nelly we're not here for his country career. Watch the performance here: http://bit.ly/IczZZR