Twerking has a rich and illustrious history, but 2013 proved to be the year it went mainstream. From the Oxford English dictionary to morning television, it was hard to avoid the word (and dance) over the last 12 months. Miley Cyrus may have put her own stamp on the rump-focused style numerous times, but plenty of other stars know how to dip it, pop it, twerk it and stop it. Check on them, won’t you?
There are numerous deserving candidates who twerked their way into our hearts this calendar year. Check out the lucky 13 that made our list.
13. Miley Cyrus Earns Honorary Hip-Hop Cred
The popularity of Juicy J‘s 2012 single “Bandz A Make Her Dance” was never a question, and Justin Timberlake‘s decision to incorporate it into his 2013 live show only reinforced its infectious nature. Fellow Disney kid, Miley Cyrus, decided to show concertgoers what kind of music she listens to in the car (and how many hours she’d spent practicing moves in the mirror) at Juicy show in June. Putting all of this out for the public to see was only the first in a series of calculated, attention-grabbing moves and further proved that Billy Ray’s daughter loves her some hip-hop.