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2010: Breakout Stars of the YearBreakout Stars of 2010What a difference a year makes. A year ago, who would have thought we'd all be in a club whipping our hair to the sounds of one swagged-out nine-year-old named Willow Smith? And who could have expected that Nicki Minaj, an unknown female rapper once labeled "Lil Kim's clone," would become the second highest selling femcee of all time? Trey Songz brought us passion, pain and lots of pleasure, while Jaden Smith karate-kicked his way to the top of the box office and R&B crooner Miguel sang his way into our hearts. It's been a good year, especially for the newbies on our 2010 hot list. Forget about "next" and find out which 2010 breakout stars got Now.Nicki MinajHate her or love her, but you must admit she's on your mind. Nicki Minaj has been the most talked about artist in »

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