Britney Spears? Miley Cyrus? MTV News' Women Of The Year Countdown Continues!

These are the ladies who have dominated the 2008 headlines — and the winner will be revealed Thursday.

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, BRITNEY!!! women of the year. These are the artists, actors and pop-culture heavyweights who dominated the headlines here at MTVNews.com (and no, Sarah Palin didn't make the cut ... we'll leave that to the folks at Time).

On Monday, we presented our picks for numbers 10 to 6 ([article id="1601276"]read our first list of ladies here[/article]), and, boy, was there some controversy. Today, we're rolling out numbers 5 to 2, and we've got a feeling there's going to be a whole lot more shouting. Of course, we'd love to hear what you have 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.

It all comes to a close Thursday, when we unveil our 2008 MTV News Woman of The Year. But until then, let the debate continue ...

[article id="1601350"](Check out picks 5 to 2 for MTV News' Men of the Year!)[/article]

5. [artist id="1962774"]Katy Perry[/artist]

2008 Highlights: Went from being "that girl in the [artist id="1904930"]Gym Class Heroes[/artist] video" to [article id="1589848"]"that girl with the song about kissing girls"[/article] in a span of roughly one month ... Became the cause célèbre for blogger Perez Hilton ... Managed to offend both the Washington Blade and Christianity Today at the same time, a feat that was previously believed to be impossible ... Was disowned by her parents due to the lyrical content of "I Kissed a Girl" ([article id="1593166"]or wasn't[/article]) ... Covered Madonna during the Video Music Awards (reading lyrics off her Sidekick) ... [article id="1595852"]Became a doll[/article] ... Released [article id="1594593"]"Hot N Cold,"[/article] her second fantastic single of '08 ... Did a face-plant into a giant Quinceañera cake at Los Premios ... [article id="1598808"]Hosted the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards[/article] while dressed as a linebacker ... "Screamed at a very unreasonably high pitch" when she learned of [article id="1600905"]her Grammy nomination[/article] ... Landed two tunes on our [article id="1601017"]"Best Songs of 2008"[/article] list ... Was the year's most divisive pop star — love her or hate her, you certainly had an opinion either way.









4. [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist]

2008 Highlights: Started the year being named one of Forbes' [article id="1575691"]20 richest under 25[/article] ... Released [article id="1579938"]a 3-D concert film[/article] that [article id="1580854"]broke box-office records[/article] and has grossed more than $70 million to date ... Rocked the red carpets at the [article id="1581293"]Grammys[/article] and the [article id="1582188"]Oscars[/article] ... Won big at the [article id="1584430"]Kids' Choice Awards[/article] ... Named [article id="1585376"]the richest teen star[/article] by Parade magazine ... Exposed (sort of) on the Net, when [article id="1585937"]photos of her in underwear[/article] are leaked ... [article id="1586084"]Supported by the Jonas Brothers[/article] in the wake of the underwear scandal ... Caused a [article id="1586487"]media firestorm[/article] after posing in a towel for Vanity Fair, later [article id="1586342"]apologizing to fans[/article] ... Garnered support from stars like [article id="1586521"]Nick Cannon[/article], [article id="1586671"]Madonna[/article] and [article id="1586761"]Justin Timberlake[/article] ... Engaged in a fierce online dance battle with AC/DC (not that one) ... Broke up with boyfriend Nick Jonas and wrote [article id="1591241"]best-selling album[/article] about it ... Inspired countless [article id="1591448"]tween-pop imitators[/article] and then [article id="1591579"]mocked them[/article] ... [article id="1591806"]Debuted at #1[/article] on the Billboard albums chart ... Threw her [article id="1596353"]Sweet 16 party at Disneyland[/article] ... Reportedly started [article id="1597775"]dating a 20-year-old underwear model[/article] ... [article id="1599467"]Reportedly died[/article] ... Called [article id="1599711"]death rumors[/article] "dumb" ... [article id="1599871"]Related to the animated dog[/article] in the movie "Bolt" ... Nominated for Best Song at the [article id="1601181"]Golden Globes[/article] ... Will probably end the year as the richest star under 25.

3. [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist]

2008 Highlights: Successfully crossed over from country to pop, as signified by her nominations at both the [article id="1594560"]CMA Awards[/article] and the [article id="1592481"]Video Music Awards[/article] ... [article id="1593867"]Linked to Jonas Brothers heartthrob Joe[/article] ... Co-hosted the [article id="1594216"]VMA preshow[/article] ... Released second album, [article id="1594893"]Fearless,[/article] which has sold more than 1.3 million copies to date (nearly twice as many as Beyoncé's I Am ... Sasha Fierce) ... Also sold another 3.5 million of her self-titled debut disc too ... Dumped by Joe Jonas (reportedly over the phone), wrote [article id="1597219"]sad MySpace blog[/article] about it ... Voted for the first time, felt [article id="1598392"]"completely American"[/article] as a result ... Addressed her breakup with Jonas in [article id="1598752"]every manner of media possible[/article] ... Continued the media assault on Jonas in the [article id="1599032"]MTV Newsroom[/article] ... [article id="1599248"]Blamed the breakup[/article] on actress Camilla Belle ... Elicited an online response from Jonas, who called her accusations [article id="1599318"]"not true"[/article] ... [article id="1599259"]Borrowed Miley Cyrus' boyfriend[/article] for her performance at the CMAs ... Planned her 19th birthday party, [article id="1600615"]asking for stationery as a gift[/article] ... Insisted that she was [article id="1600989"]over Jonas[/article] ... Will never be wronged by a boyfriend ever again, we hope.

2. [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist]

2008 Highlights: Wow, where to begin ... Began 2008 as a [article id="1579025"]troubled cautionary tale[/article] with a [article id="1579824"]skeevy paparazzo boyfriend[/article], an [article id="1580567"]even skeevier "manager,"[/article] an [article id="1578975"]ongoing child-custody battle[/article], a pair of [article id="1578990"]bizarre trips[/article] to [article id="1580689"]the hospital[/article], a stint in the [article id="1581048"]psych ward[/article] and a career that appeared — for all intents and purposes — to be [article id="1580717"]over[/article] ... She ended the year with a mega-selling [article id="1600552"]comeback album[/article], a highly rated [article id="1596736"]prime-time documentary[/article], a [article id="1600476"]pair of hit singles[/article], [article id="1600860"]huge videos[/article], a [article id="1601043"]sold-out tour[/article], the [article id="1601234"]most-watched clip of 2008[/article] on MTV.com, and a career that seems to be bigger than ever ... There have probably been bigger comebacks in history (Lazarus springs to mind), but we can't think of any that have taken place over such a short period of time, with as much media coverage as Brit's did. Basically [article id="1592466"]everything[/article] [article id="1598671"]she[/article] [article id="1601128"]did[/article] in 2008 was larger than life, paparazzi-soaked and analyzed ad infinitum — and she not only made it through with flying colors, she appears to have flourished. All of that means that Brit should probably be MTV News' Woman of the Year ... only she's not. Turns out, there's someone else out there who had a bigger '08. Who could it be? Check back Thursday to find out.

We'll be rolling out our Top 10 Men and Women of the Year all week! On Monday [article id="1601276"]you got 10 through 6[/article], today you have 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!