The Winners And Losers Of 2014 (So Far)

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It’s July 2014, and is there anyone with a higher public approval rating than Pharrell Williams? Over the last 12 months the singer-rapper-producer has gone from being one of the most inventive and respected artists in music circles to a beloved international sensation even your mother can’t resist.

“Happy” started a phenomenon, and G I R L made him a festival and talk show regular. He’s the only performer to emerge from “Blurred Lines” unscathed, and he can auction off a single hat for thousands of dollars. But he’s not the only star to come out of the first half of 2014 on top. Before actress Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, she was winning us over with her red carpet fashion and charming interviews. Even sex tape turned reality TV star Kim Kardashian is having an enviable 2014! After years of having her legitimacy questioned, Kim may have finally reached A-list status with a Vogue cover and fairytale wedding. Like Kevin Garnett said, anything is possible.

From Kevin Hart‘s box office success to Justin Bieber‘s legal troubles, we’re weighing in on the highs and lows from the first half of 2014. See which stars are on top, and who should go ahead and book that long and quiet vacation, in the gallery above.

Who is Pharrell rooting for in the 2016 election? What kind of breakfast food makes him “happy”? Learn more about the man who can do no wrong, in the video below.

[Photo Credit: Vogue, Getty Images]