Billboard's No. 1 Artist of the Year Is ...

Bruno Mars

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 13, 2013 6:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts, and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars. Billboard announced today that the pop crooner is the year's top overall artist. The singer's year included a No. 1 hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." His sophomore album, Unorthdox Juxebox, was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It's the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. Mars' impressive year also includes four Grammy nominations.

Raves Billboard: "Between the timeless quality of his music and the precision spectacle of his TV and stage performances, Mars is on track to become that seemingly rare industry entity: a career artist." Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act. Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Flordia George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts, respectively.

Bruno Mars performs in Las Vegas.
Bruno Mars performs in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File)
This image provided by Billboard shows Artist of the Year Bruno Mars.
This image provided by Billboard shows Artist of the Year Bruno Mars.   (AP Photo/Billboard, Kai Z. Feng)
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Bruno Mars performs 'When I Was Your Man.'   (YouTube)

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