Celebrity of the Year Finalist #8: Selena Gomez

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We're closing in on 2012.

But before the champagne can be uncorked, we need to take a look back at 2011. In our 5th annual Celebrity of the Year countdown, we revisit the stars that made us laugh, made us cry, made us cringe and made us nearly vomit up our last meal (hello, Kardashians!) over the past 12 months.

The rankings began with a look at Lindsay Lohan at #10; moved on to the comeback of Jennifer Lopez at #9; and now focus on the young girl fortunate enough to be on Justin Bieber's arm, Selena Gomez...

Selena Gomez Motivational Poster

Selena was named Breakout Artist at the January People's Choice Awards and spent the next 12 months proving those voters correct. Her popularity soared and her records sold, despite being at the center of numerous death threats from crazy fans of her boyfriend.

Ah, yes. The boyfriend. His name is Justin Bieber and the couple went public in February, showing up together at the Vanity Fair Oscar party and stealing the sexy show. The two have been relatively drama free since then, avoiding the sort of tabloid fodder that has marked the reign of their competition for cutest young Hollywood couple, Robsten.

Meanwhile, Gomez has watched her professional life reach the same heights as her personal one. She anchored the movie Monte Carlo; she embarked on a successful summer tour; she released hit singles that included "Who Says," Bang Bang Bang" and "Love You Like a Love Song." She even added host to her resume, taking center stage at the MuchMusic Video Awards in June and later at the MTV European Music Awards in October.

The pinnacle of Selena's year may have taken place in July, when she actually topped Lady Gaga, Shakira and Bieber himself on the Billboard Social 50, a ranking of those most popular/referenced across a variety of social networks.

Selena has also graced the covers of numerous magazines throughout 2011, while entertaining millions of fans across the land. Watch a number of her performances now in our Selena Gomez video section and remember, haters: keep leaving those threats. Just see if they phase her.

But don't expect Gomez to react with anything but a laugh, a new smash single and a kiss on the cheek from the beloved young man always by her side.

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Selena does not seek fame in Justin, she was already very famous with his series and his cd's, Justin was known that was done without it would only be a singer and now. With hiso Sel is very famous and recognized as a great artist, Beliebers are jealous of Sel, should be happy for their idol, not humiliating, degrading and threatening, like who would have to be called bitch or slut, or stealing fame ? anyone really!
Selena Marie Gomez is my favorite singer and actress, if Beliebers "defend" his idol the fanatical de Sel will defend it (:
Justin and Sel make a beautiful couple, and no matter who likes it (;
Justin is perfect for her and look the best together (':

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One more thing Selena Gomez has done everything all herself justin didnt make anything for her maybe some bieber fans but thats it. Selena Gomez was huge before he even was known and she has always been. She doesnt care about fame she cares about what shes doing for others and she tries to make life better dont get in her way cuz all youll be is a pot hole in the road she can go around keep shining selena!!! And ive heard selena sing live i think its wonderful and i love all her songs there great and if anyone says else words well theyre just jelous or it isnt their type of music its what they listen to that they like and if you find the heart in yourself youll see she is awsome so leave her alone shes had enough to go through already dont you think it is getting pathetic what your doing gosh she just wants to do good in the world and doesnt need no shadow lerking around her telling her all the bad things so scram beat it!

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One more thing to add to that is yeah I dont like justin infact i only listen to four of his songs. But that doesnt mean im going to kill him. My older brother loves selena but hates jb and he doesnt ever think of wanting to kill him he says life runs its course and things happen just deal with it cuz only bad things will happen if u think negative you two are the best couple yet keep livin ur life and dreams. Reach for your goals in life never doubt yourself. I love you selena gomez hope you have a wonderful life. Love Awlway Aspen!

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I am Selenas biggest fans ive watched her everywhere just because she has ur guy doesnt mean you can send her death threats. She a wonderful person inside and out and she does not need to be braought down my a bunch of bieber stockers! She is doing great in her life and she is awsome at what she does. She has been my romodel since i was first born and since her first shows. She is someoone to be grateful twords and she is someone you should thank cuz she another one of those stars who cares and wants everyone to get along and stop fighting LEAVE HER ALON!!!

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Me and my friend think Selena Gomez rocks but Justin bieber is a big fat jerk

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to all the ppl out there saying OR even thinking --Selena wasnt famous,she became famous because of Justin-- you are WRONG ppl Selena was already a star before getting with Justin......OK? so BACK OFF!!!!!!!

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hey im with sarah..i love selena gomez but i dont lik justin and but i dont hate him!!!i thinkk justin and selena r great together and i am like theeee HUGEST FAN OF SELENA GOMEZ!!!she is my idle and i think she is the prettiest girl alive....like im not just saying that i mean that.i dont even think one of my family members r prettier than her or anything.she goes first im obsessed..i would love to meet her and i seen her once not met her but seen her at orland mall in chicago..i waz on top so i really could not see her tht good but i got a great view of her head lol...and if selena gomez does read this i love u selena u rock!!!

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I love Selena. I don't really like Justin, but I don't hate on him. I actually think that him and Selena are a cute couple. Don't hate. :)

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Selena Gomez is amazing. She's such a good role model. She has grown up so gracefully in front of so many people. I'm proud of her for all the work she's done.

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Selena amo de + , mas o justin não odeio nem amo elle

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