Celebrity Powerhouses: The 12 Most Influential Names of Today

The nature of celebrity has changed immensely in the internet age. Never has being famous been so easy (Exhibit A: Bhad Bhabie), but even so, a handful of stars shine bright than the rest.

It helps that most of the stars gained their stardom pre-YouTube. Even so, making this list requires a level of sustained success known only by Celebrity Royalty. While you can debate who the most important celebrities of this era are, these names should undoubtedly be in the conversation.

1. Eminem

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When hip-hop peaked, Eminem was riding the top of the wave. You could easily spot his bottle-blonde ‘do. If you were visually impaired, you could hear Eminem cursing out his mom, ex-girlfriend, Moby, Britney Spears, and anyone else who got on his nerves (intentionally or not).

Eminem ruled the charts, dominated the culture, and was an international superstar at the height of the MTV era.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leo is the rare actor who combines irresistible sex appeal with undeniable acting chops. A masterfully curated career and just-mysterious-enough personal life have made Leonardo DiCaprio the movie star of his generation. For Jordan Belfort's sake, he's Leo!

The one-named wunderkind is a living legend.

3. BTS

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Even though older readers may not have a clue what a BTS is, the immense international popularity of the Korean musical group warrants a spot on this list. When you refresh this list in 20 years, BTS will almost certainly still be on it.

4. Justin Bieber

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You don't have to be a Belieber, but you do have to admit this: Justin Bieber is the modern-day equivalent of Michael Jackson, the Elvis of the YouTube age. If you set out to find one person on the planet who doesn't know who Justin Bieber is, you may as well kiss everyone you know goodbye.

5. Kanye West

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Kanye was once an international superstar because of his singular imprint on hip-hop music and fashion. A heavy dose of controversy has maintained Ye's relevance, though not for the reasons fans of his music and shoes would like.

6. Britney Spears

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While younger generations may know Britney as that crazy lady who dances frenetically in apparent social media captivity, Millennials know Britney Spears as an icon.

Male millennials know Britney as their first internet girlfriend. Female Millennials know Britney as the trailblazer who made the school-girl uniform an on-limits Halloween costume. And parents of Millennials know Britney as bad news.

7. Kim Kardashian

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Critique the avenue she took to fame (handheld camcorder, for those who aren't aware). Question her natural talent. But don't argue that Kim Kardashian isn't one of the most recognized, iconic celebrities of her era. That's a losing stance.

8. Taylor Swift

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Anyone with a daughter knows Taylor Swift. Anybody under the age of 50 knows Taylor Swift. Anyone who watches the news regularly knows Taylor Swift. That covers a lot of bases. Because T-Swift has remained unfathomably popular for darn-near two decades, her Q Score is off the charts.

If you have a problem with that, just Shake It Off. Pun intended.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Let's not forget that the world does not end at the United States border. International futbol is the most popular sport on the planet, and Cristiano Ronaldo is the most polarizing baller of his generation. Lio Messi might be better, but Cristiano Ronaldo's movie star looks catapult his name recognition beyond the sporting realm.

10. Miley Cyrus

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How soon we forget how Miley Cyrus was an unwitting cult leader to a generation of young girls who would step in front of a speeding bus for a fictional character named Hannah Montana. The Disney effect made Miley a bona fide supernova, and despite her hard break from the good-girl image, Miley remains as recognizable today as ever before.

11. Beyonce

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One of the premier artists and sex symbols of her time, Beyonce has garnered a rare degree of loyalty among her fans. While her music may not top the charts as it used to, she's as recognizable as celebrities get.

And just a friendly reminder, don't poke the Bey Hive. Your reputation won't live to speak about the swarm.

12. Lady GaGa

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Why are so many musicians on this list? Easy. Music has the ability to transcend language barriers, cultural norms, and other differences that movies and other forms of entertainment cannot so easily overcome. Lady GaGa is one of the most popular artists of her time, and her eccentric personality has only enhanced her name and face recognition.

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Sam Mire is a freelance writer who has manned a variety of beats over nearly a decade in the literary biz. He has spent weeks in the Alaskan wildlands, immersed himself in the world of Florida's homeless population, covered live sporting events, and served as a linchpin for media outlets in the legal, tech, and entertainment spaces. Sam has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, AP News, Fox News, and, most notably, Wealth of Geeks. In his free time, he enjoys boxing, woodwork, petting his dog, and reveling in good company.