MTV Names ONE DIRECTION as 'Artist of the Year'; 'Call Me Maybe' as 'Song of the Year'
ONE DIRECTION, Carly Rae Jepsen, MTV
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MTV today announced One Direction (OneDirection.MTV.com) has been selected by its team of music staffers as 2012's Artist of the Year, ending a week long multiscreen celebration in which Carly Rae Jepsen's (CarlyRaeJepsen.MTV.com) Call Me Maybe was named Song of the Year. Fan votes determined Demi Lovato (DemiLovato.MTV.com) for having the most passionate fan army, while MGK(MGK.MTV.com) was voted best MTV performance and 2012 and Kill the Noise (KilltheNoise.MTV.com) was voted MTV's Clubland's #PICKOFTHEYEAR.
After a banner year that included two #1 albums (Up All Night
and Take Me Home
) international super hits like What Makes You Beautiful
and Live While We're Young
, a sold out world tour and a performance on MTV
's Video Music Awards, One Direction
was the clear choice for the top spot. Additionally, MTV
named the band's single "What Makes You Beautiful" as the #4 on the Song of the Year list. To view a clip of One Direction
's acceptance speech, click here
"MTV, we cannot thank you enough. Artist of the Year, it is an absolute honor. We've had an amazing year and this is the icing on the cake, so thank you so much," said One Direction's Louis Tomlinson
"We want to thank you, MTV for all your support. You've supported us from very early on. And a massive thank you to all the fans. This wouldn't be possible without you, so thank you once again. This is amazing and we'll see you soon," added One Direction's Harry Styles.
The panel named Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call My Maybe" as Song of the Year. The love-at-first-sight ode spent an astounding nine weeks atop the singles chart, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and inspired a ton of parody videos. MTV also named Jepsen as one of the top artists of the year. To view a clip of Carly Rae Jepsen accepting the award for Song of the Year, click here
"I have to thank the two other writers, Joshua Ramsay and Travish Crowe," said Carly Rae Jepsen. "When we worked on this song together we were not expecting this year to turn out to be the crazy adventure that it is. Thank you to the fans, the team, my family and MTV! Thanks to you."
Taylor Swift (TaylorSwift.MTV.com) and fun. (fun.MTV.com)
also ranked high on the year end lists. Swift ranked #2 and fun. at #3 on the Artist of the Year list, while fun.'s anthem "We Are Young" and Swift's smash hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ranked at #2 and #6 on Song of the Year list respectively.
The week long music event kicked off on Monday during MTV's morning music hours, AMTV, where each day, editors and staffers from MTV's various music powerhouses: MTV News, MTV Music & Talent, and MTV.com put their minds and votes together to review the year in music to compile the lists. The Song of the Year and Artist of the Year were announced at 7:59 pm ET on MTV Monday and Thursday evening. MTV News' Christina Garibaldi would reveal the panel's top choices and present the award to the #1 pick.
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