This article was written with Faith A. Middleton.
Biggest Movie: The Hunger Games
The best-selling book series caused great anticipation for the film; the excitement for the film fueled the popularity of the books. During its opening week, The Hunger Games was the biggest-selling book, movie, and soundtrack in the United States. This rare trifecta caused a media explosion of The Hunger Games popularity.
Best Book-to-Screen Adaptation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The 1999 classic was at last transformed to the big screen with a star-studded cast in tow. Stephen Chbosky, the novel’s author, wrote the screenplay and directed the film. This created an accurate adaptation that satisfied the millions of “wallflowers”.
Best Musical Artist: Lana del Rey
The 26-year-old American singer/songwriter captured Americans’ hearts with her catchy, ’60s-esque songs and story-like music videos.
Biggest Band: One Direction
The group of singing European heartthrobs have wildly popular songs, music videos and hoards of crazed fans. Their popularity peaked in the summer with “What Makes You Beautiful”, making them the most popular boy band in America currently.
Best New Comedy: The Mindy Project
The comic actress was a regular on The Office, but what most don’t know is that she wrote several episodes of the hit series as well as acting in it. After writing her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), she now writes and stars in her own comedy show.
Best Singing Competition Show: The Voice
In its third season, The Voice has become a well-known reality singing show. With a panel of celebrity judges who are veterans of popular music, contestants receive first-hand guidance in order to succeed and compete for a record deal.
Best Album: Night Visions by Imagine Dragons
The indie-rock band from Las Vegas has risen to popularity with their debut album. The instruments used in their songs give listeners a variety of songs to choose their favorite from.
Biggest Song: “Home” by Phillip Phillips
The debut single of Season 11 American Idol winner has a sound that mimics that of Mumford & Sons, but reaches to many audiences due to the method of fame. The song is one of inspiration and happiness in a bitter world.