Top Ten


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The most in-demand celebrity images of the year include musicians, models and, of course, the Kardashian-Jenner family.

10. Jennifer Lawrence

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As of June, Jennifer Lawrence’s films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, which bodes well for her slate of upcoming projects. These include Ron Howard’s “Zelda,” a biopic about Zelda Fitzgerald, and “It’s What I Do,” in which she’ll play photojournalist Lynsey Addario.

9. Jennifer Lopez

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As a star of the new NBC crime drama “Shades of Blue” (which she also executive produces) Jennifer Lopez received critical praise for her performance, and the network has renewed the show for a second season. As a singer, Lopez landed a residency in Las Vegas, and her show, “Have it All,” led to a three-year contract at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS theater.

8. Justin Bieber

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Touring extensively in support of his fourth album, “Purpose,” Justin Bieber scored two number-one singles in early 2016; his collaboration with Major Lazer and MØ, “Cold Water,” debuted at number two. But the big news came in August, when Bieber followed through on a threat to deactivate his Instagram account (he was tired, he said, of the “hate” his girlfriend, Sofia Richie, received). As of December, we’re still waiting for him to change his mind.

7. Rihanna

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Rihanna released her eighth album, “Anti,” in January, and saw it top the Billboard 200 on the strength of the single “Work.” Later in the year, she was honored with MTV’s Vanguard Award (previous winners include Kanye West, U2 and Michael Jackson). It was also announced that she’d joined the cast of “Ocean’s Eight,” an all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” spin-off also starring Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling and Sandra Bullock.

6. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez’s year began on a high note: in January, she performed three singles from her album “Revival” on “Saturday Night Live,” and her film “The Fundamentals of Caring” premiered at Sundance. But by August, struggling with anxiety and depression brought on by lupus, she’d canceled her world tour. She emerged from hiatus in November to accept the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at the American Music Awards.

5. Beyoncé

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It’s hard to overshadow the Super Bowl, but that’s exactly what Beyoncé did, with a politically charged halftime performance that kicked off her Formation World Tour. The tour, in support of her album “Lemonade,” was one of 2016’s biggest, grossing $256 million from 49 sold-out shows.

4. Gigi Hadid

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Model Gigi Hadid had a massive year, inking deals with Maybelline and Tommy Hilfiger, walking the runway for legendary designers like Versace and Miu Miu and co-hosting the American Music Awards in November.

3. Kendall Jenner

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The second-youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan has solidified her presence in the fashion world, modeling for designers like Chanel, Balmain, Dior and Michael Kors. She’s seen here during Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week presentation.

2. Kim Kardashian West

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Kim Kardashian West is seen here during Paris Fashion Week in September, days before she was robbed at gunpoint by thieves who broke into the apartment where she was staying. They made off with $10 million worth of jewelry, and Kardashian West plunged into a rare bout of social media silence as she recovered from the trauma.

1. Taylor Swift

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Not only does she top our list, Taylor Swift topped the list of the world’s highest-paid musicians--in fact, according to Forbes, she makes more money than any other celebrity, in any field. Her 2016 earnings totaled a whopping $170 million; her 1989 World Tour became the highest-grossing North American tour ever, and she snagged several endorsement deals, including Apple Music, AT&T and Diet Coke.

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