by Free Britney at

As 2009 draws to a close, it is with great pride that The Hollywood Gossip staff unveils 10 finalists for its prestigious, Third Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These celebs have given us their best, their worst, their nude pics (sometimes) and their scandals (often). Now it's time THG paid tribute to their greatness.

We present Celebrity of the Year finalist #10 … Levi Johnston!

Levi Johnston Playgirl Photo

Last year, we first got to know Levi Johnston as the teenager who put a baby in Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Governor and GOP V.P. nominee Sarah Palin.

Right now? Well, that's still all he's known for.

By bashing Sarah relentlessly and jumping at every offer for money and PR, he's milked his 15 minutes harder and longer than anyone would have guessed.

For this, we salute the single father of Tripp.

Whether he's busting Palin's chops on Larry King, busting a nut (literally) in a TV ad spot or busting out nude Playgirl pics, Levi always keeps it interesting.

Here's a little photo tribute to Levi Johnston, who overcame long odds to become a quasi-celebrity in 2008 and went on to boost his profile big time in '09.

Click to enlarge (and enjoy, ladies) ...

  • Levi Johnston Nude Playgirl Picture
  • Levi Johnston Playgirl Picture
  • Levi J. Pic
  • Redneck
  • L to the J
  • Levi Johnston and Tripp Johnston
  • Levi Johnston Picture
  • Levi Johnston Playgirl Pic
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by Free Britney at

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 the political Home-Wrecker or the Millennium, Rielle Hunter. Today, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #9 … The Palin Family!

When Sarah Palin burst on the scene at the end of August as the Republicans' nominee for Vice President, she took the political and celeb gossip worlds by storm.

Rumors that Sarah's daughter Bristol was actually the mother of Sarah's son Trig led to the revelation that Bristol Palin was pregnant with boyfriend Levi Johnston.

While Sarah invigorated the GOP base and ignited a media firestorm, incredible sound bytes from SNL look-alike Tina Fey and the candidate herself soon followed.

What a great ride it was. Click to enlarge more photos of the self-styled maverick, hockey mom and Joe Six-Pack candidate, along with her husband and kids ...

  • Sarah Palin, Newsweek
  • Mother of Five
  • Levi Johnston Picture

MEET THE PALINS: After an election-day thumping at the hands of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Sarah and family are gone, but not forgotten. We can't wait for 2012.

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