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Best Person You Hate to Love

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
TIE: Kasim Reed AND Nathan Deal

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Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
NeNe Leakes
@NeNeLeakes

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
NeNe Leakes

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
"Southside" Steve Rickman

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
NeNe Leakes
twitter.com/NeNeLeakes

Person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
NeNe Leakes

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Nene Leakes

Runner-up: Neil Boortz


www.boortz.com

Best people you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Runner-up
Neal Boortz

Best person you hate to love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Shirley Franklin
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little ladymore...
Sure, she’s become prickly, thin-skinned and defensive in the last year or so, but you gotta say this about our mayor: SHIRLEY FRANKLIN keeps it real. Even when she’s gettin’ all Philly with the press, or community activists (or her online detractors, etc.), the little lady with the big flower on her lapel always calls it like she sees it, unlike countless other politicians we could name. There’s something of an unvarnished air about her, a genuineness that keeps her down-to-earth and relatable — even when you don’t agree with what she’s saying. www.atlantaga.gov/Mayor. less...

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
T.I.

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Neal Boortz

Best Person Panda You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Mei Lan
We might just prefer to have fresh bamboo shoots driven under our fingernails than be forced to read another story about MEI LAN, the baby panda. After the wall-to-wall press coverage, the billboards, the nightly gushing and cooing by local TV anchors, the ads for panda posters in the AJC and the frickin’more...

We might just prefer to have fresh bamboo shoots driven under our fingernails than be forced to read another story about MEI LAN, the baby panda. After the wall-to-wall press coverage, the billboards, the nightly gushing and cooing by local TV anchors, the ads for panda posters in the AJC and the frickin’ panda cam, for God’s sake, we’re sick of hearing about the little beast. But, um, have you been over to the zoo to check her out? She’s actually pretty adorable in person, lounging on her log or playing with her mother. We don’t need to read any more about Mei Lan. Can we just take her home instead?


800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-5600. www.zooatlanta.org

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Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Clark Howard
He’s corny and occasionally hokey. His sincerity seems too good to be true. He’s too nerdy to be cool. But WSB-AM (750)’s CLARK HOWARD has earned his reputation as the most trusted public figure in Atlanta. He genuinely does care about the people who call his show with theirmore...
He’s corny and occasionally hokey. His sincerity seems too good to be true. He’s too nerdy to be cool. But WSB-AM (750)’s CLARK HOWARD has earned his reputation as the most trusted public figure in Atlanta. He genuinely does care about the people who call his show with their consumer problems (or at least their spending habits), and he offers them sound advice. He’s already filthy rich and doesn’t need the gig; he does it because he loves it. As a college student, Howard worked for Ralph Nader, an experience that has informed him ever since. He’s not afraid to take on the powers-that-be (his contract specifies there will be no sacred cows on his show). Although it pains us to admire a guy who eats bargain meals at Burger King and scrounges for bargains, Howard’s a rare treasure: If he says it, you can take it to the bank. less...

Best Person You Hate To Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Neal Boortz on WSB-AM (750)

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Neal Boortz
WSB-AM (750) www.boortz.com

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Ty Pennington
Ooh, look at TY PENNINGTON take off his shirt and swing a hammer for the cameras on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Isn’t he dreamy? Well, maybe cheesy is more like it. And it’s a little sanctimonious when he yells into that bullhorn, “Come on, team —more...

Ooh, look at TY PENNINGTON take off his shirt and swing a hammer for the cameras on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Isn’t he dreamy? Well, maybe cheesy is more like it. And it’s a little sanctimonious when he yells into that bullhorn, “Come on, team — let’s make this family’s dream come true!” But so what? Pennington, who was raised in Atlanta, broke into showbiz as the token hot-guy carpenter on “Trading Spaces.” Now he actually helps families in need. Among other things, he and his crew have enlarged the home of a couple expecting triplets, and remodeled a house so a wheelchair-bound teenager could get around more easily. Watch out, Oprah.
www.tythehandyguy.com.

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