The people have spoken and when it came to the most scandalous pop princesses, the people didn’t have much to say. All the notoriety and shocking behavior wasn’t enough to muster up much People’s Choice love for Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. So what happened?
It would appear that the people didn’t really give a rip how many charts Miley Cyrus topped or how many records she broke in 2013. Cyrus did get a little Favorite Album love for Bangerz, and she appears as a nominee for Favorite Music Video, but she’s suspiciously absent from the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Pop Artist categories. Bear in mind “the people” (fans) not only vote on the nominees, they also select nominees.
So what happened? Did the people get tired of Cyrus’ tongue? Did she lose credibility when she broke up with fiancé Liam Hemsworth? Did the fans tire of Cyrus’ “ratchet” antics and public drug use? Are people sick to death of her twerking? If we are going by Cyrus’ People’s Choice Award nominations, the takeaway message seems to be, “You have a great voice so we’ll buy your records, and we’ll watch your racy videos, but you’re not our fave.”
Like Cyrus, Rihanna is missing from the list of nominees for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Pop Artist categories. Rihanna got one little nod on the Favorite R& B Artist list which is something to be proud of, but on a roster that has a category for every form of entertainment imaginable, that’s not saying much for such a big star. It’s interesting to note that Rihanna was honored with the American Music Award’s first Icon Award, but when it came time for the people to pick their favorite pop princess, they didn’t elect Rihanna.
So did fans lose respect for Rihanna when she started hanging with Chris Brown again in 2013? You and I know it shouldn’t matter who a talented musician dates, but the People’s Choice Awards is a popularity contest and fans can be fickle. Maybe Rihanna annoyed fans with “Pour It Up,” which was a disappointing and lazy attempt by an artist who we know can do better. It’s difficult to speculate what goes through the minds of fans, but Katy Perry, who criticized female artists for getting naked in an interview with NPR, appears on both the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Pop Artist lists. Coincidence?
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This may be the most confusing People’s Choice snub of them all. Lady Gaga worked her a** off in 2013, and was tossed a nomination on the Favorite Music Fan Following list. That’s not even a real category. That’s like being nominated for “Best Mouth-Breather.” Gaga is living proof that it doesn’t matter how many strange costumes you wear, or if you have pseudo-sex with R. Kelly on Saturday Night Live, or if you arrive to the stage in flying dress — the people are a rough crowd and tough to win over.