Kristen Stewart Is MTV News' #7 Woman Of 2009

'Twilight' star kept her indie cred with 'Adventureland' and broke box-office records with 'New Moon.'

Which stars had the biggest year? All this week, we'll be unveiling our top nine men and women of 2009, counting down to the #1 man and woman on Friday.

7. Kristen Stewart

At 19 years old, she already has an amazing 23 films under her belt. Yet, Kristen Stewart entered 2009 with a lot of questions: Was "Twilight" a fluke? How would the notoriously press-shy starlet handle A-list fame? And [article id="1619388"]would "New Moon" "kill" her[/article], as she promised?

2009 Highlights: It all began in the snowy mountains of Park City, Utah, where a bundled-up KStew arrived at the Sundance Film Festival to discover that [article id="1603223"]paparazzi were everywhere[/article] — quite a difference from early 2008, when she walked down the streets unbothered. The "Twilight" star was there to [article id="1603065"]unveil "Adventureland,"[/article] a sweet [article id="1608392"]coming-of-age drama[/article] that was well-received by critics and became a minor hit nationwide in April. Of course, 2010 will start out similarly for Kristen, as [article id="1627474"]she'll be at Sundance next month[/article] with two films.

TOP 9 WOMEN OF THE YEAR

9. [article id="1628138"]The Kardashians[/article]

8. [article id="1628150"]Susan Boyle[/article]

7. [article id="1628247"]Kristen Stewart[/article]

6. [article id="1628302"]Britney Spears[/article]

5. [article id="1628311"]Miley Cyrus[/article]

4. [article id="1628384"]Beyoncé[/article]

3. [article id="1628415"]Rihanna[/article]

2. [article id="1628466"]Taylor Swift[/article]

1. [article id="1628490"]Lady Gaga[/article]

As the "New Moon" hype continued to build, KStew kept her indie cred intact. In March, she played a teenager suffering from a fatal nerve disease in [article id="1606837"]"The Cake Eaters,"[/article] a tiny character drama directed by Mary Stuart Masterson. KStew researched her role by spending time with real-life sufferers of Friedreich's ataxia and admitted that although she had a busy year ahead, she was glad the "Twilight" sequels were all filming so closely together.

Then, of course, the real craziness began. First came the MTV Movie Awards, where Kristen helped unveil first-look footage from "New Moon," shared a tender moment with Robert Pattinson and proved she's every bit as clumsy as Bella Swan. Later in the year, [article id="1620591"]Kristen would return for the Video Music Awards[/article] alongside Rob and Taylor, this time considerably more glamorous.

Somewhere in-between all that, as she continued to shoot [article id="1626941"]"Eclipse"[/article] and [article id="1626410"]"The Runaways,"[/article] KStew swung into [article id="1616964"]San Diego's Comic-Con[/article] to hang out with [article id="1616854"]5,000 of her closest friends[/article] and unveil her new Joan Jett haircut.

A Look Back On Kristen Stewart's 2009

A few chaotic months later, Kristen was at the "New Moon" premiere, looking [article id="1626403"]beautiful[/article] as she [article id="1626407"]walked the red carpet[/article], and [article id="1626409"]astronomical box-office predictions flew[/article]. On the verge of the sequel's release, Kristen took time out from [article id="1625785"]hitting Hot Topic[/article] and had plenty to say about Rob's newfound confidence, whether she prefers Edward or Jacob, her desire to "do nothing," and how the filming gave her whiplash.

So how did that little "New Moon" movie do? Well, a record-breaking opening and worldwide devotion from half-a-billion dollars' worth of fans will certainly make Kristen's busy 2009 feel worthwhile. As she recently told us, [article id="1627560"]KStew doesn't take it all too seriously[/article] — but clearly, [article id="1626407"]her fans do[/article].

Which stars had the biggest 2009? Over the next week, we'll be unveiling our top nine most newsworthy, controversial and fascinating men and women of the year. We based our list on factors like music sales, box-office performance, MTVNews.com headlines and traffic, overall reach (crossover singles, appearances in movies, licensing of songs for commercials, clothing lines, etc.), plus X-factors like "impact" and "buzz." (And no, President Barack Obama didn't make the list — we'll leave that to the folks at Time.) This is by no means an exact science, but we think the list we've put together represents the men and women who helped make 2009 the most exciting and memorable 12 months in recent history.

We'll be rolling out our list of the Top 9 Men and Women of 2009 two per day until Friday, when we unveil MTV News' Man and Woman of the year! As always, we also want to know what you think, so weigh in with comments below, or upload them to Your.MTV.com!