If The Heist was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's proclamation of arrival, then their headlining set at Sasquatch! was the coronation.

Story of the Year Nobody owned 2013 quite like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The duo exploded on the national stage with multiple chart topping singles and Grammy nominations, and closed things out in December with sold out shows at KeyArena. They were right... the ceiling couldn't hold them.

Best Theater Performance The National Theatre of Scotland uniquely transformed the Paramount Theatre into a gripping battle zone for the Iraq War drama, Black Watch.

Best Anniversary Parties Seattle's two most influential record labels both celebrated milestone years in 2013, and it's impossible to pick which birthday bash was betterSub Pop took over Georgetown for a day to celebrate its 25th anniversary, while Barsuk Records marked 15 years of indie rock influence with a terrific series of shows around town.

Biggest New Venue Safeco Field officially became a concert venue when Paul McCartney christened it with a sold out gig in July.

Best Sports Moment It's impossible to pinpoint one specific moment, so we'll just say the entire 2013 Seattle Seahawks season (#1 seed!). Though it was particularly awesome when the 12th Man set the world record as the loudest fans (multiple times).

Best Look Back When it was on the air, no show skewered Seattle like Almost Live. To mark 15 years since its departure, we caught up with the people behind Almost Live and compiled a comprehensive oral history.

Best Red Carpet Things got medieval when the cast of Game of Thrones headed to Cinerama in March for a season 3 premiere screening.

Saddest Goodbye (Business Edition) After 12 years of meeting the city's need for vinyl and CDs, Easy Street Records closed its Queen Anne location.

Best Emerging Music We looked at how Pickwick, Shelby Earl, and the Physics are helping shape a new Seattle sound.

Best Theater Trend From Next to Normal to First DateSeattle continues to be a prime testing ground for new musicals before they hit Broadway.

Best Seattle Album Despite existing for the most part outside the local music scene, Mansions was able to encapsilate many of Seattle's trademark rocking sounds with its album Doom Loop.

Saddest Goodbye (TV Edition) While it wasn't comparable to the phenomenon of Breaking Bad's final season, it was tough to say goodbye to The Office and Dwight Schrute (played by Seattle native Rainn Wilson).

Biggest Sports Arrival While the Seattle Sounders season ended in disappointment, the addition of U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Dempsey certainly had the city abuzz.

Best Free Music Alright, we're biased on this one, but the two free Seattle Met Mixtapes are pretty awesome. Combined they offer 22 tracks from our favorite local artists of 2013, including Pickwick, La Luz, and the Moondoggies.

Best Reunion The hearts of thousands of indie kids burst with glee when the Postal Service reunited, even if it was only for a few months.

Saddest Goodbye(s) (People in Charge Edition) This year saw a slew of directors leaving notable Seattle arts organizations and new faces taking their positions.

Best Gaming Story Microsoft helped usher in a new generation of video game consoles with the Xbox One.

Worst Gaming Story Controversial comments defending old rape jokes marred the festivities at the annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX).

Most Disappointing Sports Moment Despite the best efforts of Chris Hansen, Mike McGinn, and legions of rallying fans, it looks like the Supersonics aren't returning to Seattle anytime soon.

Best Celebrity Sightings Both Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell were around Seattle this summer, as they filmed scenes for Lynn Shelton's upcoming feature, Laggies.

Saddest Goodbye (Seattle Met Edition) After four years covering all aspects of Seattle's arts scene, our arts editor Laura Dannen said adios and headed for the East Coast.


Here's to a great 2014.


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