Nicole, working her "Jersey Shore" roof deck throne.
2012 was a banner year for our favorite meatball-turned-mommy. Snooki grew up right before our very eyes: She snagged a husby-to-be, gave birth to the most adorable baby ever and basically began her post-"Jersey Shore" life with everything going for her. She and her best friend even landed a second season of "Snooki & JWOWW." No biggie.
With all that and then some under her leopard-print belt, it's no wonder she's up for E's Celeb Of The Year title in the "Newsmaker" bracket. Pinned against the likes of a newly single Katie Holmes, we personally think she's a shoo-in. After all, when was the last time you read a sentence about Katie Holmes that didn't include the words "divorce lawyer" or "Suri's designer shoes?" Exaaaactly. Snooks on the other hand? She has books! Catchphrases! Her own line of slippers and sunglasses and stuffed crocodiles! And, let us not forget, chutzpah! So get out there, show your "Jersey Shore" pride and vote for Nicole to take her rightful place at the top of the star chart.
Oh, and while you're at it, throw the series that made her a household name a bone, will ya? "Jersey Shore" was nominated for "Best Reality Show," and there's no way we're taking second place to "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
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