Whether it was Kim Kardashian who broke the internet or Justin Bieber who grabbed the headlines, there’s been a handful of trending celebrities in 2020. Twitter exploded as stars feuded while failed relationships sent news stories spiralling around the world.
Here’s your one-stop guide of the most popular celebrities of 2020 and their stories and achievements that have helped them steal the spotlight thus far…
1. Justin Bieber
Justin has had a wild career since he was discovered on YouTube at the age of 13 by Scooter Braun and Usher. Since then, the young superstar has had his fair share of ups and downs, from great music success (he was the youngest artist to achieve five no.1 US albums) to a tale bashing of bad, controversial press.
Despite selling an estimated 150 million records and being dubbed one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Justin was at one stage, named “the most hated person in the world”. His on-and-off-again relationship with Selena Gomez, erratic behaviour, and use of drugs led him to depression but in recent years, Justin has focused on his well being, music and arena tours. His biggest achievement to date was his speedy marriage to supermodel, Hailey Baldwin (now Mrs Bieber).
Net Worth: $265 Million
Twitter Followers: 107 Million
Instagram Followers: 120 Million
Did You Know? If it weren’t for music, Justin would have been an architect! See more Bieber Facts.
2. Jennifer Lopez
Jenny from the block has come a long way since her days in the Bronx. She’s dabbled in everything from chart-topping singles to making it on the big screen, creating her own clothing line, accessories and perfume brand, to gaining a resident spot on the judging panel of American Idol and World of Dance.
Her Vegas residency broke records and her career just keeps going from strength to strength, especially as of late when she produced and starred in the 2019 hit, Hustlers.
The triple-threat has proven that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. Jennifer Lopez has had a long relationship history, but recently got engaged to baseball star Alex Rodriguez after two years of dating. Her phenomenal body at the age of 50 also inspires many around the world, and her ability to shine whilst being a mother to twins also motivates her fans.
Net Worth: $400 Million
Twitter Followers: 44 Million
Instagram Followers: 103 Million
Did You Know? J.Lo is the only woman that’s been voted twice for FHM’s Sexiest Women of the World!
3. Demi Lovato
Starting off her career alongside stars like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel, Demi has been in the spotlight since her teenage years. Her relationships with the likes of Joe Jonas and Wilmer Valderrama have stolen headlines, while she’s also been open about her addiction and even produced her own YouTube documentary, which shares her rocky road to recovery with all her fans.
While Demi is well known for her drug addiction and battle to stay sober, the singer, songwriter and actress has enjoyed a long and lucrative career. After finding success in Disney’s Camp Rock sequels, Demi moved on to singing and since then, has produced six successful albums and bagged numerous awards as well as two Grammy Award nominations.
Net Worth: $33 Million
Instagram Followers: 74 Million
Did You Know? Demi was open about her bisexuality when she was spotted holding hands with her then-rumored girlfriend, Lauren Abedini. Find out more facts about Demi Lovato in our popular post.
4. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift was named the Highest Paid Celebrity in 2019, and it’s easy to see why. With over 318 awards, including 10 Grammys under her belt, it’s safe to say that Taylor is a music legend.
But the pop singer doesn’t take her fortune for granted; she’s a huge philanthropist and often gives back to her community. She donates large sums of money to causes close to her heart, including a donation of $17,000 for the renovation of her hometown library and $15,500 to a fan whose mother had been in a coma for five years.
Despite her successes and kind gestures, the popstar also has a reputation for being quite the diva in the showbiz world. Taylor has had several celebrity fights with the likes of Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. She’s also famous for dating different well-known guys, and writing songs about them.
Net Worth: $300 Million
Twitter Followers: 85 Million
Instagram Followers: 122 Million
Did You Know? Despite her beef with Kanye West, Taylor actually has a framed photo of the infamous MTV VMA moment in her house! Learn more shocking Taylor Swift facts!
Since the start of Destiny’s Child, it was clear that Beyoncé was a superstar, and her career as a soloist has proven just that. Beyoncé doesn’t just create music; she creates art with her groundbreaking ways of delivering entertainment.
She was the first female artist to win 6 Grammys in one night, the first black woman to headline Coachella (and what a performance that was!), and was also the first female artist to chart 12 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, thanks to her visual album, Lemonade.
The singer tries to keep her private life low-key, but that hasn’t stopped stories spiralling in the media about her relationship with rapper, Jay-Z (and how he’s cheated on her) and how she keeps up with her 3 children.
Net Worth: $400 Million
Twitter Followers: 15 Million
Instagram Followers: 134 Million
Did You Know? Beyonce’s baby announcement pic on Instagram got 6,335,571 likes in less than 8 hours, handing her a Guinness World Record! Learn more amazing facts about Beyonce!
Rihanna made her singing debut at the age of 16 with her hit single, Pon De Replay, taking the world by storm. Everyone instantly fell in love with the Barbadian singer, including fellow artist Chris Brown. Their intense relationship took centre stage for a while when it came out that Chris had beaten and bruised Rihanna. But despite her rough history with Chris, Rihanna’s talents have shined through even stronger following their violent split.
The controversial singer and actress has bagged a number of awards including 9 Grammys and she’s acted in box office hits such as Ocean’s 8. She’s the creative director of her Fenty x Puma collab, the owner of Fenty Savage Lingerie, her Fenty Beauty line and LVMH (her new couture fashion house).
Net Worth: $600 Million
Twitter Followers: 94 Million
Instagram Followers: 76 Million
Did You Know? RiRi was part of the Army Cadet Force! Learn more about the superstar in our list of facts about Rihanna!
Whether it’s his ‘soft’ personality, rumored hook-ups, or rap feuds, no matter what Drake does, he will always remain a beloved and popular celebrity in the entertainment world. He’s only in his early 30’s but has already outsold rap legends, including Tupac, Jay-Z and Eminem.
The Canadian-born star has won three Grammys, eight BET Awards and five Juno awards. His chart-topping albums always have a longstanding reign, while his arena tours sell out in minutes.
But Drake doesn’t just cash in from music, the smart businessman also has a line of endorsement deals from Apple Music to Nike, as well as his own company called OVO which includes live entertainment, clothing, sound radio and a record label.
Net Worth: $150 Million
Twitter Followers: 38 Million
Instagram Followers: 61 Million
Did You Know? Drake has an obsession for the late singer, Aaliyah! As reported in our Drizzy facts post, he even has a tattoo of her on his back!
8. Kevin Hart
Comedy legend, Kevin Hart has had years of success; from his stand up tours to his onscreen projects, he has managed to enjoy a busy and fulfilling career. In 2018, his remake of Jumanji grossed over $1 billion worldwide and his tour, Irresponsible became the largest selling comedy show with over one million tickets sold. Kevin also has his own production company, HartBeat Productions, and has also nabbed a deal with Nickelodeon.
Other than his on-screen fun personality, Kevin is also heavily followed on social media for his equally awesome antics.
He recently however, made headlines for all the wrong reasons after admitting to cheating on his pregnant wife, Eniko Parish, having a bunch of old, homophobic tweets surface online, and being involved in a horrific car accident. Thankfully, Kevin recovered from these ill-famed stories and has continued focusing on his career.
Net Worth: $150 Million
Twitter Followers: 35 Million
Instagram Followers: 80 Million
Did You Know? At the start of his career, the comedian was booed off stage multiple times before he became a worldwide superstar. See more Kevin Hart facts.
9. Nicki Minaj
The Queen of Rap has been around for over a decade and since then has reached headlines for famously beefing with other celebs, dating fellow rappers, and of course, building a successful career.
Nicki Minaj has had over 100 entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and while the star has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, she’s not won any, but has successfully bagged seven BET awards over the years.
Proving that she’s a triple threat, the star has tested her acting skills and has starred in Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Other Woman, and Barbershop: The Next Cut. She’s also undertaken many business ventures, including her own mobile game app, wine and a makeup range by collaborating with Mac cosmetics.
Net Worth: $85 Million
Twitter Followers: 20 Million
Instagram Followers: 107 Million
Did You Know? A mind-blowing fact about Nicki Minaj is that she was fired from 15 jobs before making it big! Apparently, her attitude got her in trouble most of the time!
10. Katy Perry
Quirky Katy is known for her extravagant outfits, bubbly personality and catchy pop hits, so, it’s easy to see why she achieved the title of the highest-paid woman in music in 2018.
Despite her musical success, Katy also found her destiny by appearing as a judge on the panel of American Idol and has been crowned Billboard’s Woman of the Year twice before.
Her relationships with the likes of Russell Brand and Orlando Bloom have often stolen headlines, while her advocacy for the LGBT community and feminism have gained her a great round of applause.
Net Worth: $300 Million
Twitter Followers: 108 Million
Instagram Followers: 86 Million
Did You Know? Katy Perry isn’t her real name! The singer was actually born ‘Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson’!
11. Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian rose to fame as the fun and crazy sister on the hit series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Since then, she’s been in the limelight for her failed relationships with Lamar Odom and Tristan Thompson, as well as the birth of her baby girl, True.
Despite the negative attention, Khloe’s managed to find her passion in exercising. Her wellbeing journey allowed her to gain her own spin-off show, Revenge Body, her own clothing line, Good American, as well as various books and workout DVDs.
Net Worth: $40 Million
Twitter Followers: 27 Million
Instagram Followers: 99 Million
Did You Know? The fashionista apparently suffers from long-term memory loss after being involved in a serious car accident in 2001.
12. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is known for his chart-topping hits and his breathtaking vocals. Yet, his success often goes unnoticed due to his humble and mellow appearance. The British star has bagged four Grammys, he’s performed for the Queen of England, and pushed boundaries with his latest album titled, No.6 Collaboration Projects.
His tracks are the epitome of wedding playlists, while his rare public appearances have made him one of the most beloved and famous celebrities of 2020. Speaking of love, Ed married his childhood friend and former high school classmate, Cherry Seaborn in January 2019.
Net Worth: $110 Million
Twitter Followers: 19 Million
Instagram Followers: 32 Million
Did You Know? Want to know a cool Ed Sheeran fact? Before fame, Ed slept on the streets. In fact, he admits to sleeping outside Buckingham Palace for a couple of nights.
13. Lady Gaga
Since landing in the limelight, Lady Gaga has stunned us with her extravagant attire; from meat dresses to egg incubators. The star isn’t shy of gifting the entertainment world with the odd crazy moment such as covering herself in blood on stage or throwing shade at pop icon, Madonna.
But what has really grabbed our attention over the years is Lady Gaga’s undeniable creativity and incredible vocal abilities.
With nine Grammys under her belt, it’s hard to ignore Lady Gaga’s great talent. This gift was also portrayed on-screen when she starred in the popular 2018 movie, A Star is Born alongside Bradley Cooper. The film was so good that it won a handful of awards, including a BAFTA for Best Film Music. The Joanne superstar even has her own perfume line, and most recently, she launched a cosmetics line, Haus Laboratories.
Net Worth: $300 Million
Twitter Followers: 80 Million
Instagram Followers: 37 Million
Did You Know? Lady Gaga owns Michael Jackson’s clothes including one of his gloves and his Thriller jackets! Learn more Gaga facts.
14. Cardi B
Although Cardi B hasn’t been in the fame game for a long time, she’s managed to make her mark in just a few short years since the release of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. The star’s private life often grabs headlines, including stories about her husband Offset, infamous rants on social media and various celebrity feuds.
Despite her public feud with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, Cardi B has achieved greater success in the last few years. She was the first female rapper to reach Billboard’s Hot 100 and to have three simultaneous songs on the list, including Bodak Yellow, No Limits, and Motor Sport.
This popularity also opened the fashion doors to Cardi, allowing her to create her own vision by collaborating on a clothesline with Fashion Nova.
Net Worth: $12 Million
Twitter Followers: 7 Million
Instagram Followers: 53 Million
Did You Know? Here’s a cool fact about Cardi! Did you know that her real name is actually Belcalis Almanzar?
15. Kylie Jenner
She’s famous for being part of the Kardashian clang, constantly transforming her look, and becoming a mother at a young age – there’s no surprise why Kylie Jenner is one of the most relevant and top celebrities of our generation. The reality-TV star is slaying the cosmetics industry and constantly inspiring young ladies with her style.
At the young age of 22, Kylie Jenner has been named the World’s Youngest Self-Made billionaire; and while many criticise the “self-made” title, it’s hard to not see why she’s achieved billionaire status in a few short years.
Wanting to break free from the Kardashian family stigma, Kylie invested her money in her self-owned Lip Kit and merchandise empire, which doesn’t look to be falling anytime soon. She’s even expanded her business venture to include a skincare range, too.
Net Worth: $1 Billion (Read more about Kylie Jenner’s net worth in our article!)
Twitter Followers: 29 Million
Instagram Followers: 149 Million
Did You Know? As revealed in our Kylie Jenner facts article, despite being the owner of a multi-billion cosmetic line, Kylie doesn’t like wearing makeup!
16. Ariana Grande
The girl with the killer vocals began her career at the young age of 15 by performing at Broadway in the play musical, 13. From there she went into TV filming before releasing her debut album, Yours Truly. The album went to number one in the charts and Ari won an AMA award for ‘Best New Artist’.
Despite the ups in her career, our favorite dainty diva has suffered a few blows in her personal life. Ari has admittedly suffered from anxiety following the bombing of her Manchester concert in 2017; after one of her former boyfriends, Mac Miller passed away, and going through a public break-up with her fiance, Pete Davidson.
Net Worth: $100 Million
Twitter Followers: 67 Million
Instagram Followers: 166 Million
Did You Know? Ariana’s hair isn’t naturally straight – she’s got curls for days! Find out more about the popstar in our Ariana Facts article.
17. Miley Cyrus
A former Disney child actress who followed in her father’s footsteps of becoming a superstar. But, unlike her clean childhood persona, Miley shocked the masses with her love for twerking, exhibitionism, and adoration for marijuana.
Despite her tongue-wagging antics, Miley has produced a number of hit-singles, including Wrecking Ball and Party in the USA. While music is still the reason why many love Miley, her dating history has also been the highlight of her fame. Her crazy antics calmed down a little when she married on-again, off-again boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, but sadly their fairytale romance came to an end when she filed for divorce in 2019.
Net Worth: $200 Million
Twitter Followers: 44 Million
Instagram Followers: 100 Million
Did You Know? A quite unknown fact about Miley is that her real name is actually ‘Destiny Hope’.
18. Selena Gomez
Another Disney star that’s made it in the singing world is Selena Gomez with two successful albums that have ranked in the Billboard Hot 100 list. And much like the other celebs on this list, her love life has been a focal point of her success. After embarking on an on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, the pair officially called it quits in 2018.
Besides romance, Selena successfully underwent a kidney operation, which saved her life, thanks to her bestie Francia Raisa. After her recovery, Selena co-produced the hit TV series,13 Reasons Why, voiced the character Mavis, in Hotel Transylvania 3 and became a brand ambassador for Puma. The superstar’s mental health has also been open to the public in recent years, and has famously been admitted into rehab following an “emotional breakdown”.
Net Worth: $60 Million
Twitter Followers: 58 Million
Instagram Followers: 158 Million
Did You Know? As revealed in our Selena Gomez facts list, the singer starred in ‘Barney and Friends’ with Demi Lovato!
19. Kim Kardashian West
Is there ever a time when Kim Kardashian isn’t trending or breaking the internet? In fact, the celebrity world probably wouldn’t function or even exist without a controversial Kim Kardashian story circulating online.
Since the launch of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim’s popularity has grown from strength to strength. She’s rocked the entertainment world by being involved in a notorious sex scandal, marrying Kanye West, and enduring a horrific robbery. These headlines however, have allowed her to take many business avenues.
Kim has created her own workout DVDs, clothesline, book, mobile game, emojis, KKW Beauty line, perfume and shapewear. She also donates a lot of time to charities and even helped release Alice Johnson from prison. Since then, Kim has been focusing on becoming a qualified lawyer to help others like Alice.
Net Worth: $370 Million
Twitter Followers: 62 Million
Instagram Followers: 150 Million
Did You Know? Kim once released an embarrassingly bad music single and also starred in a cringe movie-role. Learn more about the reality-star in our Kim Facts post.
20. Kanye West
When will Kanye West ever not reach headlines?! Whether it’s his support for Donald Trump, bizarre rants, or relationship with Kim Kardashian, the controversial rapper seems to always be the talk of the town.
Kanye has been in the music business for over a decade and to honor just how important his presence has been, he was awarded with the MTV VMA Vanguard Award in 2015.
And while he’s had his fair share of public feuds, Kanye West has made headlines for much more than his occasional outbursts. The rapper-turned-mogul has invested his creative ideas into his billion-dollar empire called Yeezy and by becoming the highest-paid hip-hop artist of 2019.
Net Worth: $240 Million
Twitter Followers: 29 Million
Did You Know? Kanye’s father was a Black Panther in the 60’s and 70’s. This interesting fact about Yeezy makes his support for Trump even more questionable.
Unfortunately, fame isn’t just about the music or movies anymore, it’s also celebrities’ private lives that peek interest in the public and get them trending online.
While these attention-grabbing headlines keep these famous faces in the limelight, their achievements are what really shine through!