Worst Overall Year:
Nobody could stop talking about Britney Spears. No matter what massive acts of violence occurred elsewhere in the world, the papers was far more interest in the current state of the former Mrs Federline than they were in anything else. 2008 was the year in which the industry decided to stop taking the piss out of Britney and start supporting her again, and she won a load of awards from MTV and several other corporate companies looking for publicity, but she managed to take this boost and shove it straight into the ground as she consistently messed up her live performances and continued to live a mad private life (as the cameras always documented). But Britney Spears isn’t a legitimate performer and can’t be thought of as a proper singer, so the award goes instead to Amy Winehouse.
The poor girl is trying to cope with her husband being in jail, and isn’t doing too well – and all the while the press are publishing article after article about how bad a role-model she is. Has it been noted by any of them that perhaps Amy Winehouse isn’t trying to be a role model? She’s a fantastic, gutsy singer and songwriter, and it’s a damn shame the press and public seem to have it out for her. What, like the Beatles never took drugs? It’s her own choice, and leave her to it. Don’t presume to know better than her. This year, Amy Winehouse couldn’t get away from the media no matter how hard she tried (holidays weren’t enough: the paparazzi simply followed her), and all in all she had a rotten time. Hopefully in 2009 she’ll get some of the privacy she deserves.
Awarded to: Amy Winehouse