Here Are the 7 Most Influential Celebs on the Internet

According to 'Time'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 10:30 AM CDT
Here Are the 7 Most Influential Celebs on the Internet
In this Sunday, July 26, 2015 file photo, Kanye West performs during the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games, in Toronto.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

Celebrities make up a big chunk of Time's second annual list of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet, and the Kardashian-Jenner-West clan makes up a big chunk of that chunk. Here are the seven most influential celebrities on the Internet, in no particular order, per Time:

  1. Kanye West: His tweets might actually be more provocative than his music, even though they're sometimes offensive or incomprehensible. He used the Internet to redefine the album, and his tweets often do make good points about both music and fashion.
  2. James Corden: The Late Show host creates sketches on his show that are ripe to go viral, most notably his "Carpool Karaoke" series (you probably saw the Adele edition—it's been viewed 85 million times).

  1. DJ Khaled: The music producer only recently became a huge Snapchat star that some have called "a meme in human form" thanks to his amusing motivational messages. You may have seen his inspirational message for Jeb Bush on Jimmy Kimmel Live; he's also been on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and on the cover of Businessweek.
  2. JK Rowling: Through Twitter and her website, Pottermore, she's kept her Harry Potter universe alive and growing (though sometimes controversial), and she also makes lots of headlines for engaging on Twitter in non-Potter ways (like by encouraging a depressed fan or burning Donald Trump).
  3. Caitlyn Jenner: Time calls her "the most famous transgender person in the world—and on social media." She got a million Twitter followers within four hours of joining.
  4. Kim Kardashian West: She has more than 120 million followers across a number of social media platforms, which means that things like her nude selfies and subsequent defense of them make headlines.
  5. Drake: One of the reasons "Hotline Bling" is his biggest hit? The rapper "understands the power of a meme," Time notes, and he made a video for the song that basically "begged to be parodied"—and was.
Click for the full list. (More Kanye West stories.)

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