THE GOSSIP frontwoman BETH DITTO has been named the coolest person in rock by influential British music magazine the New Musical Express (NME). The lesbian singer caused controversy earlier this month (NOV06) after defending troubled American children who embark on high school killing sprees. Ditto beat out competition from British pop star Lily Allen, Gerard Way and Radiohead rocker Thom Yorke to top the NME's annual Cool List. The top ten is as follows: 1. BETH DITTO - THE GOSSIP 2. FARIS ROTTER - THE HORRORS 3. LILY ALLEN 4. Jarvis Cocker 5. KAREN O - YEAH, YEAH, YEAHS 6. KIEREN WEBSTER - THE VIEW 7. KATE JACKSON - THE LONG BLONDES 8. GERARD WAY - MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 9. THOM YORKE - RADIOHEAD 10. LOVEFOXXX - CSS.