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Friday, December 31, 2010
Music Reviews 10: MRAs 2010

This year has been the year of the pop, indeed. The frontwomen of pop music Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Ke$ha have been dominating the charts for the entire year, one after the other. This year saw many British acts enjoying continued success with the likes of The Wanted, The Saturdays, Cheryl Cole, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke and Matt Cardle amongst others having a truly great year.

The women of Country music have also put up a big fight, with Taylor Swift breaking more records with third multi-platinum album Speak Now, Carrie Underwood headlining an enormously successful Play On Tour, and Miranda Lambert sweeping up the awards this year.

Then there was the fad that Alicia Keys and Jay-Z started with Empire State of Mind with rappers including pop singers on their tracks, sparking Eminem's smash collaboration with Rihanna Love The Way You Lie, T.I. and Christina Aguilera's Castle Walls and the latest to join the fad, Far East Movement's Rocketeer with Ryan Tedder that's flying up the charts right now.

Glee was bigger than ever this year and truly made a mark on 2010 in music. But 2010 is just getting us prepared for the epicness of 2011, where we'll see the original ladies battle it out in 2011 - Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson etc.

But we shouldn't forget the guys who shook up the industry this year with Bruno Mars leading the way, followed by the likes of Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Train, Enrique Iglesias etc.

Suffice to say, 2010 was a great year in music and here are the list of winners for the MRAs 2010!

MRAs 2010:
The second annual MRAs saw you guys going on Twitter to spread the word about the MRAs, with Diana Vickers retweeting a tweet about the MRAs and Tamar Kaprelian going on Facebook to tell you guys to support her, and the support that the MRAs have gotten from you guys has been overwhelming.

Up first is Best Newcomer, and running away with a staggering last minute 40.37% of the votes is Lee DeWyze, nabbing the crown away from the previous frontrunner Diana Vickers who comes in second with 7, 745 votes, pushing We Are The Fallen to a respectable third place with 3, 969 votes cast for the rock group. Tamar Kaprelian came close with 1, 184 votes, firmly placing her in fourth while Ke$ha, Jason DeRulo, Emily Osment and Christina Perri finish fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively.

Winner of Best Newcomer: Lee DeWyze

For the Tour of the Year, Adam Lambert's fans had the Glam Nation Tour always at the front, and though Lambert's walked away with the title, Rihanna's fans have put in a sudden effort to try to push her Last Girl On Earth Tour to a second spot finish, with some 6, 055 votes cast. The original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was also on the road this year with the All I Ever Wanted Tour which has managed to grab bronze with 395 votes, pushing Leona Lewis who went on her debut headlining tour The Labyrinth Tour into fourth with the American Idol Season 9 Tour finishing in last.

Winner of Tour of the Year: Adam Lambert - Glam Nation Tour

For the Live Performance of the Year, Allison Iraheta nabs her second MRA with her performance of Don't Waste The Pretty with Orianthi on So You Think You Can Dance finishing in first with a solid 50.42% of the total votes cast. P!nk came close with her headline-grabbing performance at the Grammys with Glitter In The Air running away with 1, 689 votes. Cheryl Cole's stunning performance of Promise This live on The X Factor finishes in third with 398 votes, pushing Christina Aguilera's performance of Not Myself Tonight and Bionic at the MTV Movie Awards this year to fourth with Carrie Underwood at fifth with her performance of Undo It at the American Idol Season 9 Finale. Alexandra Burke follows in at sixth with her performance of Start Without You at A Concert For Heroes.

Winner of Live Performance of the Year: Allison Iraheta - Don't Waste The Pretty ft. Orianthi live at So You Think You Can Dance

As for Comeback Album of the Year, Katharine McPhee has won over our readers with her sophomore album Unbroken, getting 554 votes in total, leaving Christina Aguilera and Bionic to settle for second place. Pop princess Katy Perry falls short of two votes, falling into third place with her sophomore pop album Teenage Dream with 398 votes. Taylor Swift locks on to the fourth spot with Speak Now and 301 votes while Cheryl Cole's Messy Little Raindrops, Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart and Fantasia's Back To Me follow in that order with 160, 147, 107 votes respectively.

Winner of Comeback Album of the Year: Katharine McPhee - Unbroken

Song of the Year sees Diana Vickers leading the way for almost the entire month, and is an easy win for The X Factor 2008 finalist, with a staggering 6, 242 votes cast, leaving its closest competitor Katy Perry's California Gurls in the dust with the latter gathering 472 votes. Another pop stomper by Rihanna, the international smash Only Girl (In The World) collects 235 votes, pushing Shakira's Loca into fourth place with 156 votes, trailed behind by Cheryl Cole's Promise This, Pixie Lott's Turn It Up, and last but not least, Aussie pop siren Jessica Mauboy's Get 'Em Girls.

Winner of Song of the Year: Diana Vickers - Once

As for Debut Album of the Year, Charice' self-titled international album wins by a clear mile with a staggering 61, 569 votes, leaving Diana Vickers to settle for second place with Songs From The Tainted Cherrytree with a remarkable 22, 464 votes. We Are The Fallen places in third with Tear The World Down collecting 4, 530 votes, trailed behind by Lee DeWyze with Live It Up which has gathered 3, 441 votes. In fifth, we have Emily Osment's debut album Fight or Flight with 1, 547 votes. Down the list we have Armenian-American singer/songwriter Tamar Kaprelian with Sinner or a Saint with 926 votes; Ke$ha's Animal with 286 votes, and Jason DeRulo's self-titled debut album with 85 votes.

Winner of Debut Album of the Year: Charice - Charice

Bajan pop star Rihanna lands the title of Album of the Year with 749 votes for her fifth studio album Loud while fellow pop megastar Katy Perry gets a silver with Teenage Dream collecting 421 votes. In third place is Taylor Swift with Speak Now gathering 283 votes. Country trio Lady Antebellum come in fourth Need You Now with 248 votes, trailed behind by Fantasia with Back To Me and Jessica Mauboy's Get 'Em Girls with 63 and 38 votes respectively.

Winner of Album of the Year: Rihanna - Loud

Kris Allen and Diana Vickers battle it out for Music Video of the Year with their videos for The Truth and My Wicked Heart respectively, with the former going for the gold with 26, 778, while Vickers loses by about 2, 000 votes with My Wicked Heart's 24, 904 votes. Nevertheless, both Vickers and Allen have got the rest of their competition way far behind, with the closest being Tamar Kaprelian with her video for New Day with 1, 660 votes. In fourth is Lady Gaga's collaboration with Beyonce with Telephone's 825 votes. Katy Perry's video for California Gurls land at the fifth spot with 215 votes, followed by Ke$ha's video for Take It Off, Cheryl Cole's Parachute, Christina Perri's Jar of Hearts and Alexandra Burke's All Night Long with Pitbull, getting 190, 175, 125, and 120 votes respectively.

Winner of Music Video of the Year: Kris Allen - The Truth ft. Pat Monahan

Bajan pop star Rihanna bags her second MRA this year for Artist of the Year, while Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry tie at second with 366 votes. In fourth is Country/Pop princess Taylor Swift with 296 votes, trailed behind by Carrie Underwood and Pixie Lott with 255 votes and 147 votes respectively.

Winner of Artist of the Year: Rihanna

Thank you to everyone who voted!

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