updated 12/17/2013 AT 5:45 PM ET
•originally published 12/18/2013 AT 8:30 AM ET
PEOPLE’s annual Year-End issue looks back at the best and worst of 2013, including tributes to this year’s fallen stars like James Gandolfini, an exclusive interview with President Obama and Michelle, and the best in TV, film and music.
Re-live 2013’s shining moments (other than everyone getting tired of twerking).
Cue Jennifer Lawrence, this year’s cover girl. She’s the star who we wanted to be pals with all year long, starting with her charming topple up to the stage to accept her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook to the sassy new sassy new haircut she debuted while promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November.
Also making the list of 2013’s most intriguing faces:
Pope Francis, the first Pope ever to stand in on a selfie with fans and said of gays, “Who am I to judge?”
Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family from Louisiana, who have taken reality TV by storm.
For the complete list of PEOPLE’s most intriguing newsmakers of 2013 – and a round-up of the year’s most memorable celebrity weddings, splits and babies – pick up this week s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday