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 2017. 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 2017 and the stories that helped them steal the spotlight this year…
Following a successful 2016 with the release of her album Anti, Rihanna continued to thrive in 2017 as a popular star when she released her million-dollar Fenty Beauty line which shook up the makeup industry. Ri Ri also collaborated on one of the songs of the year with DJ Khaled, Wild Thoughts and got the people talking with her “thicker” body shape.
Net Worth: $36 million
Twitter Followers: 81 million
Instagram Followers: 58 million
Hot Topics: Fenty Beauty, Wild Thoughts, Body
Did You Know? RiRi was part of the Army Cadet Force! Learn more about the superstar in our Rihanna facts post!
2. Justin Bieber
Bieber may have cancelled his Purpose tour in the summer of 2017 to take a step back and “become a better man” but that didn’t stop him from being the talk of the town. Justin collaborated on one of the year’s most popular tracks, Despacito and was also rumored to have dated yet another celeb, Hailee Steinfeld. In October, the Biebs was spotted hanging out again with his infamous ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, sending Jelena fans into a frenzy.
Net Worth: $83.5 M
Twitter Followers: 100 million
Instagram Followers: 92 million
Hot Topics: Despacito, Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez
Did You Know? If it weren’t for music, Justin would have been an architect! See more Bieber Facts.
3. Ed Sheeran
After releasing one of the biggest songs of year, Shape of You, Ed Sheeran continued having a spot on everyone’s playlist. His album Divide surpassed $1 billion on-demand audio streams and he also showcased his acting skills to the world after appearing on Game of Thrones. At the end of 2017, Ed was forced to cancel some of his tours following a bike accident that left him with a broken arm.
Twitter Followers: 20 million
Instagram Followers: 16 million
Hot Topics: Shape of You, Divide album, Game of Thrones
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.
4. Katy Perry
The music world welcomed Katy Perry back on the scene when she released her new album Witness in 2017. Unveiling her new-found short and blonde hair do’, Katy also threw fuel into the fire when she sang about Taylor Perry in her single, Swish Swish. She later tried to shrug things off when she said she “forgave” Taylor. That didn’t stop the Reputation singer to bite back in one of her singles, though. The feud continues…
Net Worth: $33 million
Twitter Followers: 106 million
Instagram Followers: 68 million
Hot Topics: Witness album, Hairstyle, Taylor Swift
Did You Know? “Katy Perry” isn’t the singer’s real name. She actually goes by the name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson!
5. Selena Gomez
Selena’s love life was the topic of the year in 2017 when she began dating The Weeknd. The duo were everyone’s favorite power couple until they split after 10 months and Sel reunited with Justin Bieber. After two years, Jelena finally rekindled their on-and-off again relationship, pleasing many Selenators and Beliebers around the world. Selena’s most standout story this year was probably the kidney transplant she received from her generous best friend, Francia Raisa. Selena described the life-saving surgery which will treat her Lupas disease as a “life or death” move.
Net Worth: $45 million
Twitter Followers: 54 million
Instagram Followers: 129 million
Hot Topics: The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Kidney transplant
Did You Know? As revealed in our Selena Gomez facts list, the singer starred in ‘Barney and Friends’ with Demi Lovato!
6. Demi Lovato
Many more people became Lovatics in 2017 when they heard Demi’s amazing cover of Hallelujah and after they watched her Simply Complicated documentary which detailed her personal battles and triumphs. Demi Lovato’s had a successful year in 2017 what with releasing her Tell Me You Love Me album and becoming a mental health ambassador for global citizen. There’s no doubt she’s become one of the most loved celebrities of the year.
Net Worth: $30 Million
Twitter Followers: 51 million
Instagram Followers: 62 million
Hot Topics: TMYLM album, Simply Complicated documentary, Bisexuality
Did You Know? In 2017, Demi was open about her bisexuality when she was spotted holding hands with her rumored girlfriend, Lauren Abedini. See the photos and find out more facts about Demi Lovato in our popular post.
7. Kim Kardashian West
Is there ever a time when Kim Kardashian isn’t trending? In fact, the celebrity world probably wouldn’t function or even exist without a Kim Kardashian story circulating online. Following her horrific robbery experience which rocked the entertainment world, this year, Kim’ proudly launched her KKW Beauty line and it was announced that the reality TV star was expanding the Kardashian family tree by using a surrogate to have her third baby. From dressing her daughter in “inappropriate” clothing to defending a racist YouTube artist, Kim Kardashian continued to break the internet in 2017.
Net Worth: $45.5 M
Twitter Followers: 56 million
Instagram Followers: 104 million
Hot Topics: KKW Beauty, Surrogacy, North’s clothes, Jeffree Star
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.
8. Kylie Jenner
As one of the most relevant celebrities of 2017, 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’s lips grew larger, she transformed her look from brunette to blonde (and back to brunette), but most importantly, she was rumored to be pregnant with Travis Scott’s child – aged only 20!
Net Worth: $41 M
Twitter Followers: 23 million
Instagram Followers: 100 million
Hot Topics: Kylie Cosmetics, Pregnancy
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!
9. Taylor Swift
After a long 3-year break from music, Taylor Swift finally returned to the scene with new songs and a new album, Reputation. Taylor’s ongoing feud with Katy Perry continued and intensified when she referenced the singer in her single, Look What You Made Me Do. The Ready For It popstar split from Tom Hiddleston in 2016 but she made headlines again when it was rumored she was dating actor, Joe Alwyn, growing her ever-expanding list of famous boyfriends.
Net Worth: $280 M
Twitter Followers: 85 million
Instagram Followers: 104 million
Hot Topics: Reputation album, Katy Perry, 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. Kevin Hart
Kevin and his wife Eniko Parish announced the exciting news that they were expecting their first baby together this year but the couple later made headlines for all the wrong reasons – Kevin was rumored to have cheated on Eniko with an unknown woman who threatened to leak their sex tape. Despite the controversial rumors, the married duo still stand strong as Kevin begins promoting his upcoming reboot movie Jumanji and new tour.
Net Worth: $32.5 million
Twitter Followers: 35 million
Instagram Followers: 55 million
Hot Topics: Pregnancy, Cheating Scandal, Jumanji
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.
11. Ariana Grande
Ariana changed her look in 2017! It’s not everyday the pint-sized diva plays with hairstyles (she usually dons that half-up style) so she certainly got the people talking when she dyed it Targaryen-blonde – or shall we say “white”? Ari also completed her Dangerous Woman tour and was congratulated after she managed to raise over £2 million for the victims of the Manchester Attack.
Net Worth: $35 m
Twitter Followers: 54 million
Instagram Followers: 115 million
Hot Topics: Hairstyle, Manchester Attack
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.
12. Lady Gaga
Meat dresses and extravagant wigs were long gone in 2017 when Lady Gaga introduced her stripped-back, regular-girl-next-door Joanne era. Showing off her incredible vocal abilities and superstar skills, Gaga was given the special opportunity to perform at this year’s half-time Superbowl show. Many fans got to know Lady Gaga a little better following the release of her personal and detailed Netflix documentary but others were sadly let down when she was forced to cancel some of her Joanne tour after being hospitalized for her Fibromyalgia syndrome. What’s more? It was rumored Gaga got engaged to her boyfriend of 11-months.
Net Worth: $275 million
Twitter Followers: 73 million
Instagram Followers: 26 million
Hot Topics: Superbowl Performance, Netflix documentary, Fibromyalgia syndrome
Did You Know? Lady Gaga owns Michael Jackson’s clothes including one of his gloves and his Thriller jackets! Learn more Gaga facts.