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Bruno Mars is Billboard's top artist of 2013

12:19 PM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
US singer Bruno Mars holds his trophy during the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) 2013 ceremony in the Ziggo Dome, in Amsterdam on November 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANP / SVEN HOOGERHUIS ***netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read SVEN HOOGERHUIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars.

Billboard announced Friday that the pop crooner is the year's top overall artist.

"It's flattering. It's just an honor," Mars said in an interview this week. "I'm proud to be a part of this whole team that I have."

The singer's year included a No. 1 hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." His sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It's the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

Mars added that listeners have resonated with his music because it's "relatable."

"You know when you eat that food and it's filling that void you were missing," he said, describing his music.

Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act.

Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Florida George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts, respectively.

Mars' impressive year also includes four Grammy nominations. His No. 1 hit, "Locked Out of Heaven," is up for two of the top awards, song and record of the year. He'll launch the second North American leg of his "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" this summer.

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