Top Artist of 2012 Is...
Adele ... again, according to Billboard
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 10:44 AM CST
This Feb. 12, 2012 file photo shows Adele performing during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

(Newser) – Adele is the top musical artist of the year for the second year running. She snagged the top artist spot and the top album spot (for 21) on Billboard's year-end lists—and she also got both honors last year, the AP reports. More highlights from the charts:

  • Top song: Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
  • Other big songs: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" came in second, followed by "We Are Young" by fun.
  • Top male artist: Drake, who also took top R&B/hip-hop honors
  • Top new artist: One Direction
  • Top group: Maroon 5
  • Top country act: Taylor Swift
  • Top rock act: fun.