... And MTV's Artist of the Year Is: 1) Nicki Minaj, 2) Psy, 3) One Direction, 3) Taylor Swift, 4) Carly Rae Jepsen, or 5) Rihanna MTV

"Whoa. Don't know about you guys," MTV writes on its website, "but we're a little bit out of breath. In 2012, it seemed nothing could slow down music (except maybe a cool, soulful Frank Ocean jam), and as this year draws to a close, we're reminded of a reckless, wild, turbo-speed 2K12 that had us partying, dancing and solidifying the fact that, yes, 'We Are Young.' "

Thus read the introduction of MTV's pick for 2012 Artist of the Year.

Here's MTV's list, in reverse order, from #10 to #1.

10. Flo Rida

9. Psy

8. Nicki Minaj

7. Carly Rae Jepsen

6. Frank Ocean

5. 2 Chainz

4. Rihanna

3. Fun.

2. Taylor Swift

1. One Direction