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One Direction named MTV's 2012 Artist of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) -- They're platinum. They're fascinating. And now One Direction is MTV's 2012 Artist of the Year.

MTV says the fivesome is "the clear choice for the top spot" after a year that included two No. 1 albums, hits such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and a sold-out world tour.

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson calls Thursday's honor "the icing on the cake."

MTV's team of music staffers chose Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" as song as the year.

One Direction placed third on the U.K. version of "The X Factor" in 2010 and made their U.S. debut in March with the No. 1 album "Up All Night." Their sophomore album, "Take Me Home," was the year's third-highest debut.

The group also made Barbara Walters' most fascinating people of 2012 list.

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Dec 14, 2012 8:57AM
When did not playing instruments and using autotune become good music?
Dec 14, 2012 8:08AM
If not for MJ MTV would have closed down shop in the 80's. Its him that put MTV on the Map. I never forget how MTV treated him and dissed him in the awards category and we talking about a Genius. Now we have 1 Direction barely on the scene, barely making any music that can be recognised as music and voila they are awarded with the Best Artist of the year Award. What really happened to sensible, creative, meaningful music? Why would mediocre singers be elevated to this kind of success so easily? Have people gone tone death? Its a shame that way back great artists had to work their asses off to even be acknowledged. Shame on you MTV you really have gone down the drain. And I am glad!
Dec 14, 2012 7:57AM
Mtv stopped being relevant to music in the mid 90s.  I've never heard anything from these "artists" unless maybe it was on a commercial or something.
Dec 14, 2012 6:15AM
do they really create art? pop music nowadays is not art at all, and MTV is gone, people need to realize it..  look at mtv in the 90's and now look at it, same with pop music, no more actual kick **** rock'n'roll's plastic and it sucks.. i aften wonder what kurt cobain would think of all this stupid pop shittt that's coming out now....
Dec 14, 2012 5:27AM

These guys don't deserve an award for anything especically after dissing the son of Eddie Van Halen. These guys are just a flash in the pan and they don't even deserve to be in the same industry as one Van Halen which is in my opinion one of the greatest rock bands ever.

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