The [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist] had a positively colossal 2009, and that's putting it mildly. They topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 26 consecutive weeks with back-to-back singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling," breaking a record that had stood since the mid-'90s. Their album The E.N.D. debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, has sold more than 1.5 million copies to date and, as the year drew to a close, earned them six Grammy nominations.
Over the past few weeks, MTV News has been asking some of the biggest names in music to name their favorite artists, songs and albums of the past year, and it isn't exactly surprising — given their general largesse in '09 — that pretty much everybody has mentioned the Peas. They were inescapable — and the music industry definitely noticed.
And while they've earned tons of praise from their fellow artists, the Black Eyed Peas are quick to return the props. You'd think, given the hectic year they had, that the Peas wouldn't have had time to discover any other acts, but you'd be wrong — something we found out when we caught up with the group's first lady, the lovely Fergie, and asked her to name some of her faves of 2009. She only had a minute (it was on a red carpet, after all), but she still managed to name quite a few.
Artists of the Year
"Oh, there's so many ... Drake, I love. MGMT, it was a while ago that I got their album, but I'm still obsessed. There are so many. Kings of Leon did such a great job this year. Gaga killed it this year, there's so many musicians who had incredible years."