17 Most Popular & Trending Celebrities of 2018

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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 2018. Twitter exploded as stars feuded while shock celeb pregnancies sent news stories spiraling around the world.

Ranked from most to least popular, here’s your one-stop guide of the most popular celebrities of 2018 and the stories that helped them steal the spotlight this year…

1. Cardi B

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Cardi B stole Nicki Minaj’s crown as the Queen of rap in 2018 upon the release of her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy in April. After breaking record after record with her hit singles, and winning several awards, Cardi was also listed as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. The rapstress gave birth to her daughter, Kulture in June, but her private life later turned sour when she announced her split from rapper, Offset, following cheating rumors. She later reconciled with him but her most notorious scandal was when she got into a huge feud with her rap rival, Nicki Minaj, but we’ll cover that further down…

Net Worth: $4 Million
Twitter Followers: 4.2 Million
Instagram Followers: 40 Million
Hot Topics: Invasion of Privacy release, Birth to baby Kulture, Split from Offset, Fight with Nicki Minaj
Did You Know? Here’s a cool fact about Cardi! Did you know that her real name is actually Belcalis Almanzar?

2. Drake


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No matter what Drake does, he will always remain a popular and beloved celebrity in the entertainment world. The rapper released his fifth studio album, Scorpion, which featured big hits like God’s Plan, Nice for What, and the highly-acclaimed, In My Feelings. The single went on to have major success, making Drizzy the record holder for most number one hits among rappers. It also spawned the #InMyFeelings and #KikiChallenge which saw fans dancing to Drake’s hit track. This year also revealed to us that Drake was officially a father to a baby boy, Adonis who he had after a quick fling with model, Sophie Brussaux.

Net Worth: $100 Million
Twitter Followers: 37 Million
Instagram Followers: 52 Million
Hot Topics: Scorpion release, the KiKi Challenge, Being a father.
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!

3. Ariana Grande

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Ariana continued to change her look this year what with her white blonde locks! 2018 has certainly been a year of ups and downs for our favorite dainty diva. After enduring the painful tragedy in Manchester last year, the popstar released her fourth studio album, Sweetener, unleashed the pop track of the year, Thank U Next and even teased a fifth studio album which is rumored to soon hit shelves. Despite the ups in her career, Ari suffered a few blows in her personal life after her one of her former boyfriends, Mac Miller passed away and she went through a public break-up with fiance (yes, she also got engaged in ‘18), Pete Davidson. 2018 ended on a positive note, however when the diva was rightly named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Net Worth: $50 Million
Twitter Followers: 60 Million
Instagram Followers: 138 Million
Hot Topics: Sweetener, Thank U Next, Mac Miller, Pete Davidson
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.

4. Beyonce


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Beyonce had our eyes hooked to the screen in the spring of 2018 when she took to the Coachella stage. Owning the set for almost 2-hours, Bey gave one of her best performances of all time, proving that she is indeed the Queen of music. The show-stopping set was then followed by the release of her collaborative studio album with Jay-Z, Everything is Love, and a joint On the Run II tour, which raked in over a quarter-billion dollars.

Net Worth: $355 Million
Twitter Followers: 15 Million
Instagram Followers: 121 Million
Hot Topics: Coachella performance, Everything is Love album, On the Run II tour
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!

5. Kim Kardashian West

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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. Following her horrific robbery experience which rocked the entertainment world in 2016, this year, Kim pulled through and came out even stronger by adding to her successful KKW Beauty line, expanding the Kardashian family tree by welcoming her baby girl, Chicago West and freeing long-time prisoner, Alice Johnson.

Net Worth: $350 Million
Twitter Followers: 59 Million
Instagram Followers: 122 Million
Hot Topics: KKW Beauty, Chicago West, Freeing Alice Johnson
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.

6. Kylie Jenner

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As one of the most relevant celebrities of 2018, Kylie’s Lip Kit and merchandise empire doesn’t look to be falling anytime soon. The reality-TV star is still slaying the cosmetics industry and inspiring young ladies with her style. Kylie admitted to removing all fillers from her lips, she transformed her look from brunette to blonde (and back to brunette), but most importantly, she became a mother to baby Stormi. That’s not all, towards the end of 2018, it was rumored that Kylz and Travis Scott were engaged, although no one made the news official. With over 100 million followers on Instagram, Kylie was listed as one of the top 10 most followed people on Instagram, and Forbes later classed her as the fifth most richest celeb in the U.S. alongside Jay-Z with a net worth of $900 million.

Net Worth: $900 Million
Twitter Followers: 29 Million
Instagram Followers: 121 Million
Hot Topics: Kylie Cosmetics, Stormi Webster, Top 5 Richest
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!

7. Kanye West

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When will Kanye West ever not reach headlines?! The controversial rapper was once again the talk of the town in 2018 when he publicly showed-off his support for U.S. president, Donald Trump. Wearing a MAGA hat and making a speech with the detested president, Kanye made things even worse for himself when he claimed that “slavery was a choice”. Despite this bizarre antics from the rapper, Kanye also managed to release a new album, Ye in 2018. The egotistical rapper also had a huge rant against Drake on Twitter, claiming that the God’s Plan artist dissed him in his track with Travis Scott.

Net Worth: $160 Million
Twitter Followers: 29 Million
Hot Topics: Supporting President Trump, is album, Ye, Beef with Drake.
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.

8. Nicki Minaj

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Indeed, Nicki was a hot topic of 2018, thanks to her grand return to music after after almost 4 years. The rapper finally released her new album, Queen, after a 4-year-break which earned her the “Album of 2018” at the People’s Choice Awards. She famously split from rapper, Nas early on in the year and it was later rumored that she had a fling with Eminem! After gaining a new man (Kenneth Petty), Nicki also reached headlines in 2018 following her public fight with Cardi B. The two were videoed beefing at New York Fashion Week after Nicki allegedly accused Cardi of being an incapable mother. Ouch.

Net Worth: $75 Million
Twitter Followers: 20 Million
Instagram Followers: 96 Million
Hot Topics: Queen release, New Boyfriend, Fight with Cardi B
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!

9. Taylor Swift

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After returning to the scene with new songs and a new album, Reputation in 2017, Taylor Swift laid low this year, staying out of the spotlight and avoiding any more celebrity feuds. Instead, the Ready For It popstar embarked on her Reputation stadium tour, maintained her relationship with actor, Joe Alwyn, growing her ever-expanding list of famous boyfriends, and she proudly became the most awarded female winner in AMA history with 23 gongs, a record previously held by Whitney Houston.

Net Worth: $320 Million
Twitter Followers: 83 Million
Instagram Followers: 113 Million
Hot Topics: Reputation tour, Joe Alwyn
Did You Know? Tay’s got a terrible reputation of having Bad Blood with many celebs. From Kanye West to Demi Lovato, check out Taylor’s biggest celebrity feuds.

10. Khloe Kardashian

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Khloe was probably the most-talked about Kardashian in 2018 after she welcomed her baby girl, True Thompson in April. Before her birth, however, the reality TV star was struck with the horrible news that her baby-daddy, Tristan Thompson had publicly cheated on her, days before she went into labor. Despite this scandal, Khloe ended up forgiving the NBA player, and went on to continue playing happy families.

Net Worth: $40 Million
Twitter Followers: 26 Million
Instagram Followers: 83 Million
Hot Topics: Birth of baby True, Tristan Thompson cheating scandal.
Did You Know? The fashionista apparently suffers from long-term memory loss after being involved in a serious car accident in 2001.

11. Lady Gaga

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Meat dresses and extravagant wigs were long gone in 2018 after Lady Gaga introduced her stripped-back, regular-girl-next-door Joanne era in 2017. Showing off her incredible vocal abilities and acting skills, Gaga was given the special opportunity to star in one of the most highly-acclaimed movies of the year, A Star is Born, alongside Bradley Cooper. The movie grossed over $370 million worldwide, received five Golden Globe nominations and the soundtrack alone has gained 2 nominations. Thanks to the heightened success of the film, Gaga became the longest running chart-topper ever.

Net Worth: $300 Million
Twitter Followers: 77 Million
Instagram Followers: 32 Million
Hot Topics: A Star is Born
Did You Know? Lady Gaga owns Michael Jackson’s clothes including one of his gloves and his Thriller jackets! Learn more Gaga facts.

12. Kevin Hart

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Last year, Kevin and his wife, Eniko Parish made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Kevin admitted to cheating on her while she was pregnant. Thankfully, the famous couple worked out their relationship and both focused on their careers. Kevin released his first movie, Night School, under his production company, HartBeat Productions, and also nabbed a deal with Nickelodeon. But the end of the year put the comedic genius through a rough patch – Kevin was chosen to host the Oscars 2019 but he was forced to step down after a bunch of old, homophobic tweets surfaced online.

Net Worth: $120 Million
Twitter Followers: 35 Million
Instagram Followers: 66 Million
Hot Topics: Night School, Oscars Scandal
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.

13. Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato started 2018 on a high-note and continued to be the superstar that she is whilst going on her Tell Me You Love Me Tour, releasing a duet with Christina Aguilera and giving us one of the biggest summer tracks of the year with Clean Bandit (Solo). Things turned for the worse mid-year – Lovatics proved that they were the strongest fan-base after supporting Demi throughout one of the hardest years of her life. After celebrating her six years of sobriety, with the release of her single, Sober, Demi Lovato was rushed to hospital due to suffering from an opioid overdose. The singer spent 60 days in rehab and has since come out stronger.

Net Worth: $40 Million
Twitter Followers: 57 Million
Instagram Followers: 71 Million
Hot Topics: The release of her single, Solo & Sober, Suffering an Overdose
Did You Know? In 2017, Demi was open about her bisexuality when she was spotted holding hands with her then-rumored girlfriend, Lauren Abedini. See the photos and find out more facts about Demi Lovato in our popular post.

14. Rihanna

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Although RiRi didn’t release any new music this year, she continued to thrive in 2018 as a popular star when she released her new Savage x Fenty lingerie line that lets curvaceous beauties like her show off their sexiest features. While Rihanna’s million-dollar Fenty Beauty line continued to shake up the makeup industry, many of her fans were awaiting new music from the popstar but saw nothing in the end. It looks like we’ll have to wait for 2019 for new RiRi bangers.  

Net Worth: $260 Million
Twitter Followers: 88 Million
Instagram Followers: 66 Million
Hot Topics: Savage x Fenty release, Fenty Beauty products.
Did You Know? RiRi was part of the Army Cadet Force! Learn more about the superstar in our list of facts about Rihanna!

15. Justin Bieber

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Last year, Bieber took a step back to “become a better man”, but that didn’t stop him from being the talk of the town in 2018. He collaborated with DJ Khaled for the hit summer smash, No Brainer, and he sadly split from his on-and-off-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez, sending Jelena fans into a frenzy. His love life continued to be a hot topic when he married model, Hailey Baldwin, adding to his long line of relationship history. The two got engaged in the summer of 2018 but they officially tied the knot in September, shocking everyone about their shotgun marriage.

Net Worth: $225 Million
Twitter Followers: 105 Million
Instagram Followers: 103 Million
Hot Topics: No Brainer, Selena Gomez, Marriage to Baldwin
Did You Know? If it weren’t for music, Justin would have been an architect! See more Bieber Facts.

16. Ed Sheeran

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After releasing one of the biggest songs of year in 2017, Shape of You, Ed Sheeran continued having a spot on everyone’s playlist. The singer was ranked as one of Spotify’s Top Male Artists and Top Artists of 2018. Moving on to his personal life, Ed announced his engagement to childhood friend and former high school classmate, Cherry Seaborn in January. It was reported that the duo got married in a private ceremony in the summer of that year. Finally, Ed made headlines after being listed by Forbes as the 9th most earning celebrity in their “Celebrity 100 List of The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers”.

Net Worth: $110 Million
Twitter Followers: 19 Million
Instagram Followers: 27 Million
Hot Topics: Marriage to childhood friend.
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.

17. Selena Gomez

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Selena’s love life was the topic of the year in 2018 when she split from her on-and-off again boyfriend, Justin Bieber, disappointing many Selenators and Beliebers around the world. After undergoing the kidney transplant in 2017, Selena came out stronger in 2018 by releasing the soundtrack single for TV show, 13 Reasons Why, voicing the the character Mavis, in Hotel Transylvania 3 and becoming brand ambassador for Puma. Sadly, though, the singer underwent a few hard times in 2018 when she was admitted into rehab for mental health issues following an “emotional breakdown” .

Net Worth: $50 Million
Twitter Followers: 57 Million
Instagram Followers: 144 Million
Hot Topics: Justin Bieber, Entering rehab
Did You Know? As revealed in our Selena Gomez facts list, the singer starred in ‘Barney and Friends’ with Demi Lovato!

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