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As 2010 draws near, The Hollywood Gossip staff looks back on the year that was, honoring finalists for our prestigious, 3rd Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These stars have given us their best, their worst, their off-the-wall antics and in the case of these two, an immediate, but lasting impact on the music world.

It's time for THG to pay tribute to this greatness.

Yesterday, the '09 countdown featured lots of Tiger Woods mistresses at #6. Today, we present Celebrity of the Year Finalist #5: Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga!

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The year in music belonged to these two rising stars.

He started the year as an unknown; made headlines in February for his flamboyant acts; finished second on American Idol; and has to already be considered one of the most successful singers in the show's history.

Adam Lambert hasn't merely made a name for himself in 2009, he's created a cult following in fewer than 12 months.

Hated by some and embraced by others, the crooner managed to handle his sexuality with both subtle grace AND over-the-top exploits. Adam has more in common with Lady GaGa than unique fashion taste and controversial performances.

Both are well-spoken in interviews and deadly serious about their craft.

Lambert made out with a man at the American Music Awards, but 2009 will be best remembered as the year he made off with the title of Most Fascinating Singer Alive.

As for his female counterpart, Lady Gaga produced a half-dozen hits this year, proving herself so much more than a gimmick or flamboyant flash in the musical pan.

Not that there was a shortage of flamboyance.

She dressed as scrap metal, a gimp, a button, a chain-smoking rabbit, and a Kermit the frog doll collage. She simulated her own bloody murder on stage. She was even rumored to be a hermaphrodite after one revealing display.

We love her for every moment of it. That's just Lady Gaga for you.

It's only fitting that these dynamic performers share the #5 spot on our end-of-year countdown. Click to enlarge pics of Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga below ...

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Lady Gaga is a real pro at going down.

Or something. For the second time in her current Monster Ball tour, the supposed hermaphrodite landed flat on her a$$ during a rendition of "Bad Romance."

The spill took place in Vancouver. A video of it appears below. Peep it below, because even if it's your favorite celeb, an on-stage spill is good for a chuckle.

On the plus side, she recovered before she could miss a ra-ra-ah-ah-ahhhh! Also, unlike certain performers, she clearly sings in concert. A novel concept!

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If you listen to music today, you're bound to hear some if not most artists aided by Auto-Tune, a phase vocoder that corrects pitch in vocal performances.

Thus, it has enabled individuals with no ability to sing, such as Kanye West, Heidi Montag and Britney Spears, among many others, to pretend they can!

In addition to correcting inaccuracies, auto-tuning vocoders can also be used to amusingly distort a human voice if pitch is dramatically raised or lowered.

Using this technology, you can turn anything into a good song. That said, below is a video detailing the year that was: synched up and perfectly in tune!

Here's Spencer Pratt, Octomom, Lady Gaga, Balloon Boy, Jon Gosselin, Sully the airline pilot, Kanye himself and even the U.S. President recapping 2009 ...

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Say what you will about her - that she goes too far with her stage routines, that she's only famous because of her bombastic fashions, that she's a hermaphrodite - Lady Gaga has become one of the biggest names in music these days.

Below are experts from her recent interview and cover story in Elle (styled by Joe Zee of The City fame). Here's what the Lady G has to say about ...

Stress: “I get all the symptoms of a pregnant woman. I get headaches, I get tired, I get blurred vision sometimes during a really intense session."

A recurring theme of hers: “I feel if I can show my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own legend. I can show you so you’re not looking for it. I’m dying for you on domestic TV. Here’s what it looks like. No one has to wonder.”

Her old job: “I was really good at [waitressing]. I always got big tips. I always wore heels! I told everybody stories. It’s kind of like performing.”

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Lady Gaga: Who is the girl inside the glam?

Her romantic future: “In 8-10 years, I want to have babies and a husband who loves and supports me, the way anyone else does. I would never leave my career for a man right now, and I would never follow a man around.”

Sexuality and record label politics: “My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough."

"In my opinion, the last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”

If and when we get our hands on Lady Gaga pictures from what is sure to be an awesome Elle spread, we'll be posting them for you ASAP!

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When you cross a performer who goes by the alter ego Sasha Fierce with a rumored hermaphrodite who once simulated her own murder on stage ... you get this.

In a full-frontal assault on the senses, Lady GaGa and Beyonce's video collaboration on the latter's song "Video Phone" has been released, and it's totally freaky.

And potentially hazardous to your eyes and brain if you stare at it too closely.

Celebrated video director Hype Williams directed this masterpiece. Peep Lady GaGa and Beyonce in "Video Phone" and tell us what you think by voting below ...

What do you think of Beyonce's "Video Phone"?

 

Talk about a piece of work ... especially the firearms action. Follow the jump for a funny, behind-the-scenes spoof from the two powerhouse performers ...

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One is making headlines for simulating oral sex on stage.

Another is aiming for a comeback after a public, ugly break-up.

A third is really, really weird.

And the fourth major artist releasing a new album this week has actually broken pre-sale records, despite having been utterly unheard of just a few months ago.

Indeed, with numerous singers and record labels hoping to take advantage of the holiday season, this is shaping up to be the most competition week in CD sales history.

Adam Lambert ("For Your Entertainment"), Rihanna ("Rated R"), Lady GaGa ("The Fame Monster") and Susan Boyle ("I Dreamed A Dream") will all compete for the top spot on the charts.

And we're not even counting Britney Spears, who is releasing a collection of her number-one hits (K-Fed is definitely not inclued on that list. Zing!).

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Whose new album will you purchase first?

 

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It takes a lot to upstage Lady Gaga live, which tells you a lot about the Adam Lambert AMA performance Sunday night. He actually relegated Lady G to #2 on the list of buzzed-about, flamboyant American Music Awards performances!

That's not to suggest Gaga didn't bring the crazy as always.

In a flesh-colored bodysuit wrapped with white piping, she performed a smashing (in more ways than one) medley of her hits "Bad Romance" and "Speechless."

After "Bad Romance,"she segued into "Speechless" by using her mic stand to bust open a glass box with a piano inside. Then she climbed inside and performed.

While breaking glass bottles, accompanied by violinists wearing gas masks in smoke-filled chambers beside her, natch. A far cry from that old school NYU video.

In short, it was vintage Lady Gaga, and we've learned expect nothing less. Check out her performance below and tell us what you think by voting in our survey ...

How would you assess Lady Gaga's AMA performance?

 

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On Gossip Girl this week, Lady Gaga performed at NYU after helping Dan, Vanessa and Blair put together a uniquely bizarre Snow White/Gaga-themed musical.

A big reason Gossip Girl was able to score the pop star? Before she became Lady Gaga, Stefani Germanotta herself studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Footage has been unearthed of her performing at a talent show at the school back in 2005, and it definitely puts to rest any doubts about the singer's talent.

Okay, all the bizarre Lady Gaga pictures, rumors and costumes may boost her persona, but this girl is a heck of a musician beneath the bombastic facade.

Below, she performs two songs, "Captivated" and "Electric Kiss," providing her own piano accompaniment, and even drawing a comparison to ... Nora Jones.

Check it out and tell us what you think in our poll ...

What do you think of this old school Lady Gaga performance?

 

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Say what you will about her, Lady Gaga is an artiste.

She never does a half-ass job of anything. There are no mailed-in live performances, Gossip Girl guest performances, or even day-to-day public appearances.

Be it in the world of fashion, music or performing live, the rumored hermaphrodite gives 100 percent, 24/7/365. Case in point, her latest ensemble below.

Looking like an art exhibit and/or an arty exhibitionist, Lady Gaga recently performed at the 30th Anniversary Gala of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art.

She's clearly doing her best impression of a piece of contemporary art, which you have to commend her for. Who would even think of or attempt this?

Does it work, though? Vote in our poll below ...

What do you think of Lady Gaga's latest fashion?

 

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With all the twisted, weird and scandalous relationships that define Gossip Girl, who better than to perform live on the show than a rumored hermaphrodite?

The rising pop star sings, “Bad Romance,” at a private show arranged by Blair, who is trying to prove herself as a freshman at NYU, on Monday's new episode.

Hopefully, they get through the episode without a Lady Gaga nude scene, or her staging her own death on stage. Although it's Gossip Girl, you never know.

“My little sister is the hugest Gossip Girl fan ever,” said Lady Gaga, who wears a 30 foot-long dress for her concert. Naturally. Would you expect any less?

She says it's a "crazy performance art piece" in which she, via her song, serves as the narrator for what the characters are doing. Intrigued? Confused?

Us to. Check out the preview of Lady Gaga on Gossip Girl below ...

Lady Gaga Biography

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Joanne Stefani Germanotta
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