Top Artist of 2012 Is... Adele ... again, according to Billboard By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 14, 2012 10:44 AM CST 4 comments Comments 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.