THG Celebrity of the Year Finalist #3: Taylor Swift!

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We're inching ever closer to #1.

With the calendar about to flip to 2013, THG is taking a look back at the year that was, specifically the stars who made it memorable via their songs, sex tapes, naked photos, arrests or - in rare cases - all of the above.

Kate Upton clocked in at #6, and Justin Bieber #5. Now, following the royal selection of Kate Middleton at #4, we present Celebrity of the Year #3... TAYLOR SWIFT!

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The year will close with Swift's "Red" atop the Billboard 200, marking the seventh time this year the album has risen to number-one.

Moreover, it's opening week sales of 1.21 million copies were the highest recorded in 10 years, with Swift becoming the only female artist to possess a pair of million-plus opening weeks over the course of her career.

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," meanwhile, also hit the top of the charts - while symbolizing the true genius of Swift overall.

She sells a mammoth number of records, and she pens personal tracks that create buzz over her personal life.

Is she writing about John Mayer here? Jake Gyllenhaal there? Swift never says, but the conversation alone keeps her an integral part of the Zeitgeist.

Of course, Taylor did engage in two high profile relationships as well. Everything seemed serious between her and Conor Kennedy, until the pair simply split and she quickly rebounded with Harry Styles of One Direction. They are still together.

But Swift remains above the fray throughout; she is never caught in any scandal and continues to rake in the awards, winning two Grammys in 2012.

There's also this: Swift was just named the Most Charitable Celebrity of the past 12 months.

Yes, it's very good to be Taylor Swift. And with the 23-year old embarking on a new tour this March, it's hard not to imagine her sitting once again on this same list a year from now.

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I think it's kind of fun to call out your ex-boyfriends. Like why do this if you're not gonna take the opportunity to always have the last word. It's so much fun.

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