Scoop: Count your thanks Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber 

If fame, riches and looks are any indication, celebrities have a lot to be thankful for, including a few who ought to be extra appreciative this year:

Miley Cyrus has to be grateful for a stellar year in the spotlight. She wins the optimism award for her interesting spin on her MTV Video Music Awards appearance: “I’m literally what everyone’s talking about,” she gloated. Ah yes, and we still talk about her — perhaps not in the way she thinks. One thing’s for sure: Her behavior has put the final coffin nail in her squeaky-clean Hannah Montana image, even if it did cost her a boyfriend.

Taylor Swift has managed to go without a boyfriend for a whole year! Is she thankful for that? Hard to say — heartbreak has been good for her songwriting and bank account. On a positive note, the Nashville, Tenn., chanteuse has built a solid image for herself and cleaned up at major music awards shows without flashing a side boob or twerking with a dwarf. Raise your glass, Taylor!

Kanye West continues to say outrageously egotistical things, and we are at least thankful for that — he’s hella entertaining, with recent rants including calling himself a “god” and a “genius.” Though struggling to be accepted by the fashion world (his latest endeavor), he jets all over the planet with somewhat glamorous wife Kim Kardashian, has a cute little baby named after a direction on a map, and apparently can drive a motorcycle while making out. It’s good to be king.

Justin Bieber has so much to be thankful for, Scoop! doesn’t even know where to start. First, he wasn’t thrown off the Great Wall of China by his beleaguered bodyguards. Second, he managed to survive a South American brothel (to the best of our knowledge). Third, even though ticket sales to his concerts in Australia this week are plummeting, gossip columns are still writing about him daily. His star power has not yet faded. Will the same be said about him next year? Better grab that wish-bone, J-Bib.

Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Scarlett Pomers (“Reba”) is 25.

Musician Trey Songz is 29.

Actor Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) is 37.

TV host Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) is 51.

Designer John Galliano is 53.

Actor Judd Nelson (“The Breakfast Club”) is 54.

Actor Ed Harris (“Pain & Gain”) is 63.

Bandleader Paul Shaffer is 64.

Musician Randy Newman is 70.

Music mogul Berry Gordy is 84.

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