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Best of Atlanta 2013

Artist of the Year: HENSE

Alex Brewer, the artist better known by his tag HENSE, had a breakout year. But he’s certainly no breakout artist, having long straddled the worlds of illicit street graffiti and commissioned public art.
Antoinette Tuff

Atlantan of the Year: Antoinette Tuff

Thanks to Antoinette Tuff’s presence of mind when confronted with terror, the incident at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy is known for what did not happen—a school shooting.

Musician of the Year: Janelle Monáe

Winning song of the year. Earning a Video Music Award for best art direction. Collaborating with Prince. It has been quite a year for Janelle Monáe.

Curtain Call of the Year: Chris Kayser

Chris Kayser reflects on what his years playing Scrooge taught him and offers advice to those who will take on the role next.

Hashtag of the Year: Atlanta History Center’s #wouldagrammed

Why lefties should follow Erick Erickson's tweets, why conservatives should listen to James E. Carter IV, and three reasons to pony up for the AJC's paywall. Also, the year's best Instagram hashtag is historic.

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Guest Star of the Year: Conan at the Tabernacle

In April, a giant Final Four basketball adorned with an orange pompadour was inflated in Centennial Olympic Park—the first indication that TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien had taken up residence at the nearby Tabernacle.

Radio Personality of the Year: Ryan Cameron

Ryan Cameron returned to the early shift in January, bringing the mix of humor, community service, and music fanaticism that made him a radio favorite in the early 2000s.

Ten best books of 2013

Featuring the works of John Lewis, Joshilyn Jackson, Charles McNair, Susan Rebecca White, and others.

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