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.
6. Robert Pattinson
In 2009, all eyes were on RPattz. Despite only releasing one movie, there were few people whose face sold [article id="1625779"]more magazines[/article], whose [article id="1626599"]every word made more of a ripple[/article] and whose public appearances caused such a stir. Under such pressure, a lot of 23-year-old actors would end up getting into trouble, indulging to the point of excess and disappointing their fans. But somehow, the uniquely [article id="1627311"]suited-for-stardom Robert Pattinson[/article] took it all with a good-natured grin and self-deprecating charm. In "Twilight" and beyond, his future seems so bright that he'll likely be sparkling for quite some time.
2009 Highlights: We all know [article id="1600137"]Rob had a busy 2009[/article], and everybody had their own thoughts on what he should do after "Twilight." Few saw his first move coming, however, as [article id="1602165"]he dropped out of the indie flick "Parts Per Billion,"[/article] leaving [article id="1606928"]producer/star Rosario Dawson[/article] sad but promising the show would go on. In February, he showed up at the Oscars and stole attention away from stars as big as Brad and Angelina. Despite expressing fears that he might become [article id="1605676"]"Twilighted out"[/article] while shooting "New Moon" and "Eclipse" back-to-back, he nevertheless got back to work as Edward Cullen.
TOP 9 MEN OF THE YEAR
9. [article id="1628123"]Eminem[/article]
8. [article id="1628152"]Drake[/article]
7. [article id="1628246"]Kanye West[/article]
6. [article id="1628293"]Robert Pattinson[/article]
5. [article id="1628329"]Lil Wayne[/article]
4. [article id="1628370"]Taylor Lautner[/article]
3. [article id="1628412"]Adam Lambert[/article]
2. [article id="1628488"]Jay-Z[/article]
1. [article id="1628515"]Michael Jackson[/article]
At the MTV Movie Awards, Rob unveiled a new trailer from "New Moon," Kristen Stewart left him longing for a cold shower, and he cracked up watching KStew fumble her trophy. During an exclusive interview, he promised that [article id="1613220"]"New Moon" would look "amazing."[/article] Rob later returned for the [article id="1620591"]Video Music Awards[/article] alongside Kristen and Taylor Lautner and helped raise eyebrows with their fashionable duds.
Despite rumors that his reduced screen presence in "New Moon" would keep him away, [article id="1616964"]Rob made a surprise appearance at San Diego's Comic-Con[/article] to show off [article id="1616854"]footage from the movie[/article], reflect on a [article id="1616889"]hallucinating Bella[/article] and hang out with the geeks. Things sure were a lot different than they were a year ago — even if Rob insisted he's stayed the same.
In the midst of all the hype, [article id="1626641"]rumors[/article] and [article id="1625566"]insanity[/article], Rob actually managed to make movement on some non-"Twilight" movies in 2009. His romantic drama "Remember Me," opposite Emilie de Ravin, had a memorable time shooting in New York, which appears to have left him brooding after that time he was almost [article id="1614301"]killed by a taxi[/article] — or [article id="1626304"]barely grazed[/article], depending on whom you ask. He also signed on to [article id="1611265"]"Unbound Captives,"[/article] a western co-starring [article id="1627869"]Rachel Weisz[/article] that offered Rob the chance to play a character who [article id="1627428"]"can't really be more different from Edward."[/article] He also signed on to [article id="1611775"]"Bel Ami,"[/article] a film that pits him opposite Uma Thurman as a "totally immoral character."
But all that paled in comparison to when he hit the "New Moon" premiere, looking [article id="1626403"]fashionable[/article] as he [article id="1626407"]greeted the fans[/article] and talked about the good and bad parts of being, well, him. Fans freaked out when [article id="1625785"]he hit the Hot Topic tour[/article] opening night, and in a very revealing Rough Cut with MTV News, he spoke about his lack of endorsement deals, why "New Moon" is his favorite "Twilight" book, what he loves about Kristen and Edward's annoying habit of parking his Volvo across multiple parking spaces.
To make a long story short, "New Moon" had a record-shattering opening and became one of the biggest films of 2009. Now, with [article id="1628161"]Taylor Lautner hosting "Saturday Night Live,"[/article] we continue to hope that RPattz can't be far behind — so [article id="1625955"]let the guy write a sketch already[/article]! [article id="1625883"]Edward might be a jerk[/article], but of all the dudes who [article id="1626400"]hang out in our office on a regular basis[/article], Rob will always remain our favorite seasonal vegetable.
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!