Notorious B.I.G. Spin's Artist Of The Year

November 25 [16:00 EDT] -- It's not quite Thanksgiving yet, but the annual "artist of the year," etc. proclamations are already abuzz. The first to make their decrees are the editors of "Spin," who have knighted The Notorious B.I.G., né Christopher Wallace, as "Artist Of The Year" for 1997.

"Spin's" editors selected Biggie, who was gunned down March 9 at the age of 24 in L.A., because, as writer Charles Aaron put it, B.I.G. was, "a genuinely fascinating artist, hard and complicated."

Notorious B.I.G.'s double album, "Life After Death," was released sixteen days after the artist's still-unsolved murder, and has so far sold six million copies.

"Spin" also names Radiohead as "Band of The Year," Cornershop's "When I Was Born For The 7th Time" as the top album of the year, and The Notorious B.I.G.'s track "Hypnotize" as the top single of the year.

"Spin's" "The Year In Music" issue hits newsstands on December 6th.