It's the year of the newbies.
Although "veterans" such as Adele and Taylor Swift landed in the No. 1 spots in various categories on the Billboard charts in 2012, some of the brightest stars this year are fresh, young talent.
Not only did the British boy band One Direction lock in the No. 1 slot for new artist/group of the year, but MTV declared the band THE artist of the year and Barbara Walters featured them on her annual Most Fascinating People TV special.
Gotye and Carly Rae Jepsen are the biggest sellers overall and fun. can add Billboard's top rock artist win to their list of accomplishments, which include their six Grammy nominations.
Here's the Billboard best of 2012 list:
New Artist/Group: One Direction
Group: Maroon 5
Hot 100 Artist: Rihanna
Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Billboard 200 Album: 21
Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Latin Artist: Don Omar
Rock Artist: fun.
R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Drake
You can see the full list here.