Best Comebacks of 2013: Lil' Mama, Robin Thicke, Nelly

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  • Justin Timberlake
  • Nelly
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian
  • JB Smoove
  • Arsenio Hall
  • Britney Spears
  • Chris Tucker
  • Lee Daniels
  • Queen Latifah
  • Gabrielle Union
  • 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday
  • Sean Combs, Diddy
  • Best Comebacks of 2013
  • Lil Mama
  • Robin Thicke

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey made this list last year for the turnaround success she achieved for her OWN network. But this year Winfrey gets big kudos for returning to acting. Lady O gave a nuanced, powerful performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. As Gloria Gaines, the media mogul and station owner went toe-to-toe with Oscar winner Forest Whittaker and had to convince audiences to forget her larger-than-life personality and day job. Winfrey did all of the above beautifully.

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