Celebrity of the Year Finalist #2: Miley Cyrus

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As 2008 winds down, it's time to reflect upon those - from household names to relative unknowns, from A- to D-list - who made this year so memorable.

The Hollywood Gossip is unveiling 10 finalists for its 2nd Annual Celebrity of the Year award. They've given us their best, their worst, even their nude pictures in some cases. Now it is time for us to give something back with this moving tribute.

We previously profiled America's least favorite attention-starved reality stars, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. Today, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #2 … Miley Cyrus!

In 2008, this teen sensation borrowed a phrase from Britney Spears: Oops, readers, Miley isn't that innocent!

It all started in late April, as Cyrus posed for Vanity Fair, without a shirt on. Followers of this singer/actress saw a whole new side to the star... literally!

Miley Cyrus Naked

Click on the photos above to see Miley Cyrus naked, sticking her tongue out, posing with her boyfriend and more!

Miley was also caught posing for a number of racy MySpace pictures. While they weren't as racy as nude shots of fellow young icons such as Vanessa Hudgens and Adrienne Bailon, these pics made a clear statement:

Miley Cyrus wants to be seen in a more mature light.

Enter Justin Gaston, the singer's 20-year old boyfriend. He and Cyrus began dating in September. They've been hot and heavy ever since, earning the praise of Billy Ray Cyrus and the felony jokes of Joel McHale.

From posing nude to being laid down nude by an older man, Miley came a long way in 2008. Oh, and in case you didn't hear: the actress also turned 16 in November.

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Miley Cyrus Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Franklin, Tennessee
Full Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Quotes

Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.

Miley Cyrus [at a concert, soon after photo scandal broke]

I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey.

Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]