Katy Perry attends the ceremony honoring Capitol Records by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a "Star of Recognition" at Capitol Records Tower on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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By Raisa Bruner
December 6, 2016

Once again, pop powerhouse Katy Perry can claim the crown as most-followed celebrity on Twitter for 2016.

The politically-active superstar was joined by fellow music moguls Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift on top of the social media platform’s ranking, an order that remains unchanged from 2015. President Barack Obama nabbed the number four seat once more for his personal handle (@POTUS, meanwhile, only has 12 million), followed by Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The only other guy on the list was another Justin; Justin “Can’t Stop the Feeling” Timberlake, that is. The biggest switch-up is the addition of a certain Kim Kardashian West, who made the list for the first time this year, at number nine. Pop royalty Britney Spears completes the top ten, while soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was 10th in 2015, is now out.

Of the ten, eight are musicians (with TV host Ellen DeGeneres and the infamous Kardashian taking the other spots). And despite questions about Twitter’s popularity in the age of Snapchat, raw numbers suggest there’s still plenty of growth going on: while Perry had 78.3 million followers in 2015, she appears to have gained more than 16 million this year. In fact, all of last year’s follower counts are eclipsed by this year’s list.

Here’s the complete breakdown:

  1. Katy Perry — 94.5 million
  2. Justin Bieber — 90.2 million
  3. Taylor Swift — 82.2 million
  4. Barack Obama —80.1 million
  5. Rihanna — 68.1 million
  6. Lady Gaga — 64.6 million
  7. Ellen DeGeneres — 63.8 million
  8. Justin Timberlake — 57.3 million
  9. Kim Kardashian West — 49.3 million
  10. Britney Spears — 49.3 million


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