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Britney Spears: "Most Controversial"

12/21/2006 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears is a winner, y'all ... but this is one award she probably won't want.

CNN Headline News' "Showbiz Tonight" named the recently tattooed pop tart "Most Controversial Celebrity of 2006," beating the likes of wayward Mel Gibson, couch-jumping Tom Cruise, sashaying Paris Hilton and ranting Michael Richards. A train wreck can't be stopped.

Citing her parental missteps, the infamous YouTube video where she questioned the validity of time travel and her many pantyless nights in Hollywood, Britney shut out other contenders for the title, pants down.

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