Forget awards shows. Celebrities won the hearts of the public with savvy decisions. Paris Hilton's "that's hot" word choice sizzled while Teri Hatcher shone after leaving Radio Shack for the seedy suburbs. But for every delicious winner, there's a stomach-turning loser. We're tired of Donald Trump's "you're fired" and prefer Sarah Jessica Parker in Manolo pumps instead of Gap scarves.
Here's who illuminated 2004's pop culture landscape - and who didn't.Winner: Jessica Simpson
Loser: Ashlee Simpson
Winner: Teri Hatcher, who went from Radio Shack ads to "Desperate Housewives"
Loser: Sarah Jessica Parker, who went from "Sex and the City" to Gap ads
Winner: Jay-Z, who has a concert tours and Beyonce.
Loser: R. Kelly, who has neither.
Winner: Kevin Federline, Britney Spears' current husband
Loser: Jason Allen Alexander, Britney Spears' quickie hubby
Winner: Charla Faddoul, dubbed the "little one" on "The Amazing Race"
Loser: Stacie J. Upchurch, dubbed the "crazy one" on "The Apprentice"
Winner: P. Diddy, who ran the New York City Marathon
Loser: P. Diddy, who didn't motivate enough youngsters to run to the polls
Winner: Hobbits ("Lord of the Rings")
Loser: Puppets ("Team America," "Seed of Chucky")
Loser: "The Real Gilligan's Island"
Winner: Jamie Foxx, as Ray Charles.
Loser: Kevin Spacey, as Bobby Darin
Loser: J. Lo
Winner: "That's hot."
Loser: "You're fired."
Winner: Celebrity baby names
Loser: Celebrity babies
Winner: Kirstie Alley, gained weight and her own reality show.
Loser: Anna Nicole Smith, lost weight and her own reality show.
Loser: "I, Robot"
Sarah Jessica Parker