The best (and worst) of 2010

Kanye West bum-rushed everyone's list this year.

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It was no surprise that Kanye West owned 2010, given how hard he worked to redeem himself after a few strokes of epic bad judgement. No other artist could touch his epic scope; those who came closest—Arcade Fire, Janelle Mone and Titus Andronicus, for instance—enlivened an otherwise unexceptional year.

Final grade: B

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