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Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Robert Pattinson, Kate Gosselin

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Simple question, tough answer: Who's celebrity of the year?

You might say that a spunky young songwriter everybody loves—like, say, Taylor Swift—would have it all locked up. But even during a year when Michael Jackson's best music and moves were everywhere?

The list of standout stars doesn't end there: Disgusting or not, the Gosselins totally entertained. Adam Lambert and Miley Cyrus shocked, and Lady Gaga tried hard enough. George Clooney turned in the performance of a career, and Susan Boyle brought tears to more eyes than anyone.

And, yeah, as popular as he is, did Robert Pattinson actually do anything other than look good?

You decide! Vote below for 2009's Celebrity of the Year:

The last 365 days so belong to the stars in our Best of 2009: Celebs of the Year gallery!