Who was the biggest star of 2008? Who had the most impact on the year that was, who inspired the most headlines or generated the biggest amount of buzz? It's really tough to say ... yet, for decades now, plenty of magazines have been doing just that (we're looking at you, Time). And so, after years of sitting on the sidelines, we here at MTV News have decided to get in on the act too.
Over the next few days, we'll be unveiling our list of the most fascinating, controversial and, well, German men of the year. These are the artists, actors and pop-culture heavyweights who dominated the headlines here at MTVNews.com (and no, Barack Obama didn't make the cut ... we'll leave that to the folks at Time).
Today, we present picks 10 to 6. On Tuesday, we'll reveal numbers 5 to 2. And then, on Thursday, we'll unveil our 2008 MTV News Man of the Year. And, of course, we'd love to hear what you've got to say — we'll even publish some of the best comments later this week — so if you agree with us (or if you don't), let us know in the comments below.
[article id="1601276"](For our first list of picks for the Top 10 Women of the Year, click here.)[/article]
And now, let the debate begin ...
10. Pete Wentz
2008 Highlights: Threw a [article id="1580093"]Barack Obama fundraiser[/article] in his hometown of Chicago, complete with PBR and free "Frogger" ... Insisted that much of the film [article id="1580614"]"Cloverfield" was based on Fall Out Boy's Infinity on High album[/article] ... Boycotted the Grammy awards (and later [article id="1581340"]reviewed them[/article] for MTV News) ... [article id="1581589"]Marched on Washington[/article] ... Appeared in [article id="1582328"]Jimmy Kimmel's "I'm F---ing Ben Affleck" video[/article], alongside Huey Lewis and Brad Pitt ... [article id="1583556"]Mocked the Amish[/article] in the film "Sex Drive" ... [article id="1583605"]Attempted to set a world record[/article] by playing a gig at a research facility in Antarctica (an attempt that ultimately [article id="1584246"]proved unsuccessful[/article]) ... Announced [article id="1585133"]engagement to Ashlee Simpson[/article] via blog post ... [article id="1585438"]Denied[/article] (then later [article id="1588256"]admitted[/article]) that Simpson was pregnant ... [article id="1587667"]Married Simpson[/article] in a private ceremony at her parents' house ... [article id="1589085"]Hosted "FNMTV"[/article] ... Launched a viral campaign in support of new album Folie à Deux that was subsequently [article id="1593226"]hijacked by rock act Copeland[/article] ... Revealed that he owes his creation to VP-elect Joe Biden ... Raged when Folie was [article id="1596882"]pushed back to a December release[/article] by FOB's label ... Attempted to set another world record for doing [article id="1598075"]the most interviews in a 24-hour span[/article] ... Named his son [article id="1599919"]Bronx Mowgli Wentz[/article] ... Got back to the business of [article id="1600226"]being in a band[/article]. Seriously, how is he not MTV News' Man of the Year?
2008 Highlights: Entered the year on a down note, after [article id="1576010"]being arrested[/article] on a variety of weapons charges ... Spent his house arrest working on his album [article id="1581519"]Paper Trail,[/article] which he hoped to have in stores sometime in 2008 ... [article id="1583968"]Addressed a crowd of 30,000[/article] in an Atlanta Baptist church during Easter services ... [article id="1584256"]Pleaded guilty[/article] to federal weapons charges as part of a deal that could send him to jail for a year ... Also sentenced to perform [article id="1584519"]1,000 hours of community service[/article] ... Released the incendiary first single from Paper Trail, [article id="1586462"]"No Matter What,"[/article] which called out his newest rival, rapper [article id="1587247"]Shawty Lo[/article], by name ... Named #10 on [article id="1587416"]MTV News' "Hottest MCs in the Game" list[/article] ... Returned to the stage with a fiery [article id="1588981"]90-minute performance in Washington, D.C.[/article] ... Nabbed his [article id="1596577"]third-straight #1 debut[/article], when Paper Trail sold more than 568,000 copies ... Watched as members of his camp brawled with members of Shawty's at [article id="1600159"]the Dirty Awards[/article] in Atlanta ... [article id="1597040"]Simultaneously held the #1 and #2 spots[/article] on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart ... Closed 2008 with the specter of [article id="1601014"]beginning his jail sentence[/article] in March.
2008 Highlights: Announced his desire to collaborate with, um, [article id="1581831"]Toby Keith and Fred Durst[/article] on his upcoming Thr33 Ringz album ... [article id="1589461"]Joined forces with Lil Wayne[/article] to [article id="1591279"]record an album[/article] that will presumably never see the light of day ... Premiered Thr33 Ringz at a [article id="1593362"]circus-themed listening party[/article] in NYC ... Never appeared in public without a Wonka-esque top hat on his head ... Turned a gospel song into [article id="1593663"]a boozy ode to tequila[/article] ... Arrived at the Video Music Awards [article id="1594278"]atop an elephant[/article] ... Filled in for Katt Williams as host of the [article id="1597431"]BET Hip-Hop Awards[/article] after Williams goes missing ... Joined forces with Nelly, Akon and Pharrell to record [article id="1597688"]another album[/article] that will presumably never see the light of day ... Maintained that he — and he alone — be allowed to use the Auto-Tune vocal effect in songs and called for his fellow artists to [article id="1599728"]put an end to their Tune-filled madness[/article], unless they are prepared to pay him royalties. Please read that last sentence again and tell us why Pain shouldn't be Man of the Year.
7. Nick Jonas
2008 Highlights: Dated — [article id="1592354"]then split with[/article] — fellow pop star
[artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist] ... Inspired much of [article id="1591241"]Cyrus' Breakout album[/article], including venomous first single "7 Things" ... Also inspired Cyrus to give the following quote to Seventeen magazine: "When we were dating, Nick wanted me to get highlights — and so I did that, and I got myself looking great" ... Moved on to romancing another pop star, [article id="1592286"]Selena Gomez[/article] ... Told "TRL" audience members that he likes girls who are [article id="1592710"]"good to their moms"[/article] ... Encouraged kids to go outside and play during [article id="1593038"]a trip to the White House[/article] ... [article id="1593074"]Immortalized in wax[/article] ... Beefed (sort of) with [article id="1594439"]Video Music Awards host Russell Brand[/article] ... Celebrated first-ever Grammy nom with [article id="1600681"]"a big fist pump"[/article] ... [article id="1592251"]Has diabetes[/article] ... Is by far the second-most interesting Jonas Brother.
6. Bill Kaulitz
2008 Highlights: Maintained his epically spiked plumage and remarkable, porcelain-like complexion for the entirety of the year ... Haunted our dreams and tricked fans into singing in German ... Took over Times Square and confessed his love for David Hasselhoff ... Released his band's [article id="1587049"]first English-language album[/article], Scream ... Gave an interview dressed in what appeared to be [article id="1592215"]Michael Jackson's jacket from the "Thriller" video[/article] ... Arrived at the Video Music Awards [article id="1594278"]atop a supercharged monster truck[/article] ... [article id="1596022"]Immortalized in wax[/article] ... Professed his love for [article id="1598330"]American Halloween candy[/article] (but not warheads) ... [article id="1598895"]Got new tattoos[/article] ... Inspired a level of devotion from his fans that was both shocking and frightening.
We'll be rolling out our Top 10 Men and Women of the Year all week! Today you've got 10 through 6, tomorrow you'll see 5 through 2, on Wednesday we'll be recapping your reactions and opinions, and on Thursday the winners will be revealed! Who do you think the Man and Woman of the Year should be? Tell us now!