Taylor Swift: THG Celebrity of the Year 2014!!

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We've come to the end of the year, THGers, and with it, The Hollywood Gossip's epic, prestigious, arbitrary, 8th Annual Celebrity of the Year countdown.

In reflecting upon the year that was, we've paid tribute to the 10 celebs who provided us with the best moments, stories, scandals and overall entertainment.

What a group we've been privileged enough to cover, too.

Earlier, we kicked off the countdown with Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Princess Elsa, the Selfie, and Kim Kardashian (obvi).

Teresa Giudice earned the bronze medal, and Justin Bieber's epic start to this year, and downward spiral in general, was good enough for the runner-up spot.

That brings us to a talented, charismatic and beautiful young woman who went from superstar to even bigger superstar, and was truly peerless in 2014.

THG's Celebrity of the Year winner ... Ms. Taylor Swift!

We'd love to say that this awkward young woman is dancing (or twerking, gyrating, or whatever that is) like no one is watching in the GIF above, but come on.

EVERYone is watching Taylor Swift these days.

She remained somewhat out of the news in early 2014, but then made the ultimate late-year push after releasing her first pop album, 1989, in late October.

The album sold one million copies in just a week.

It resulted in a pair of number-one singles, "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space," and netted the 25-year-old another Billboard Woman of the Year honor.

It also placed Swift squarely in the spotlight.

She appeared on multiple magazine covers. She performed on The Voice and at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She hit the American Music Awards stage.

Swift has been everywhere over the past couple of months - yet no one appears to be sick of her, which might be her greatest accomplishment of all.

Chalk it up to her self-deprecating dance moves.

Her smile. Her catchy singles. Her actual talent.

Whatever the reason(s), Swift is so beloved that Lady Gaga would have sex with her and everyone from fraternity brothers to Kelly Clarkson seems to adore her.

In an poliarizing pop culture era during which fan bases are often at odds, Swift has managed to break all the way through. Simply put, everyone loves her!

So as we kiss 2014 goodbye tonight, raise a glass to our Celebrity of the Year, readers. Dance awkward. Strum your guitar. Write a song about a scorned ex.

Taylor Swift may have released 1989 this year, but no one can deny the fact that she actually owned 2014. The only question: What will she do for an encore!?

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