Lady Gaga edges Oprah atop 'Forbes' Celebrity 100 list


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It's official. It's Lady Gaga's world, and we're simply living in it. She's bigger than Madonna, greater than Angelina. Heck, she's more powerful than Oprah! [Beware of incoming lightning bolt!]

Forbes placed the singer at the top of its Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the most powerful people in the entertainment business.

Let’s not quibble too much with Forbes‘ methodology, which credits celebs with the strongest web presence. In this case, they might be confusing simple popularity and crass self-promotion with real power, but let’s move on. Oprah, who earned $290 million in the last 12 months, ranked second, and Justin Bieber debuted on the list in the third spot. No one had a better year than the Biebs in some respects, but he only has to look at the example of Britney Spears, who went from No. 6 in 2010 to completely off this year’s list, to appreciate that people expect greatness every year.

For the record, Charlie Sheen (28) is winning, at least in his personal grudge match with Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre (77). Angelina Jolie (11) is more powerful than her husband, Brad Pitt (45), and his ex, Jennifer Aniston (21). NFL quarterback Tom Brady (55) edged his wife, Gisele Bundchen (60); and Alex Rodriguez (49) has earned the right to be hand-fed popcorn from his girlfriend, Cameron Diaz (81).

Overall, it’s an interesting list that will inspire some debate. (Just because she’s done with the Potter series, is there any doubt that J.K. Rowling should have a lifetime pass on this list?) What did you find most surprising? Who belongs on the list, and who’s just a flash in the Celebrity 100 pan?

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  • baba popo pants

    Sorry ,not really many people arent into her at all so your words are very false

    • Pink Money


      • Simple Indulgence Blog

        GaGa, still can’t outsell Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet- The Biggest Grossing Concert Tours ever by female with only 83 shows !!!!

      • She has lost it

        Born This Way the album:-

        Hooky bit
        Singing bit
        Talk in sharp voice bit
        Hooky bit
        Piano a bit
        Repeat to bridge..

  • Evelyn

    I hope that Lady Gaga has a cameo in Star Trek 12. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in.

    • Suck This Way

      Harry Clayton-Wright, writing for Gay Times, is less convinced.

      Born This Way, the title track and self-confessed “gay anthem”, is “a song to wear your hot pants, sequinned boob tube and strut around to in your mum’s high heels”, while Government Hooker “will have you writhing sexily in your seat”. But the compliments stop there.

      “Greatest album of this decade?” he sneers. “By God no, there’s only two tracks we really liked.”

      • Don Nemesis

        ‘Born This Way’ is a pretty weak album. Going to buy Adele next week.

  • California

    Why does EW always post the same picture of Gaga for all of their posts about her? This has got to be the worst picture of Gaga for all time. She looks so bad here and her outfit is horrendous. Of all the outfits and all the pictures of Gaga, this is the one EW has latched on to … why?!?!?

    • Nick T

      Pictures cost money for them to buy and use, though that one wasn’t woth the price at all.

  • Mason

    I can’t believe how she’s gone from being sexually attractive and voluptuous when she first became famous in 2008/2009 to being so skinny and ugly while looking wasted and like she’s rotting.

  • Shauna

    I’m surprized Kanye didn’t flip out about this since Taylor Swift is #7 and Beyonce is #29.

    • Miss Talk

      LOL if it doesn’t concern music, Kanye doesn’t care. Plus Beyonce was on vacation the whole year, so her ranking even comes as a surprise.

  • anonymous

    Rightfully so, she is the greatest artist of all, so creative and original, and a grate voice

    • Don Nemesis

      There isn’t a single point of originality about the lady’s oeuvre. It’s a copy-and-paste job of anything and everything that has come before. Shame the kiddies are too young to know this.

  • David Sperling

    Lady Gag..a is a circus act like twisted sister and kiss. Without the stupid costumes she is just another mediocre act. If this was per internet she would be a freak show bar act, at best.

    • Wallace Winston Wright

      +1 on that my friend

    • LOL

      and you are sitting at home posting on EW and she is making money…more then you would ever dream of. Gaga 1 David 0

  • Wallace Winston Wright

    Yeah she is big, real big….right now. But later on she will be just another freak show that the mindless masses will grow tired of and cast aside for the next one who is big, real big.

    • LOL

      and she will have all this money to be a freak with.

  • pjcrazysmart

    The only poser I need is over how I react to the things that happen in my own lfe. I wouldn’t want any other power – is it really something that can be measured anyway?

  • Hahahaha

    Haters keep losing!

  • TRIM

    Over Oprah? Are we suppose to take this list seriously???

  • crispy

    Uh, how quickly we forget that her whole Target thing failed. That’s now power.

    • crispy

      now=not. Ugh

      • RayT

        Actually, she terminated the Target deal herself when she discovered that Target supported political causes that endorsed anti-gay legislation.

  • Kelly

    “It’s Lady Gaga’s world, and we’re simply living in it.”…Actually, I’ve come to realize that she is not as popular as one would think. The Zynga game boards are full of praise for her, but that is because the moderators have been deleting complaints. Her perceived popularity is much, much different than her actual popularity. She may have a lot of Twitter follows…but so does Justin Bieber! I think what she does have are excellent promoters and lawyers.

  • Kelly

    Everyone knows when it comes to Real Power Oprah has more pull the Lady GaGa come on the woman can get the NBA to reschedule a NBA semi final game to fit her needs and schedule….

  • Films23

    She’s very talented and she does deserve to be on that list…but not #1. JK Rowling better be on that list! I don’t care if the Harry Potter series are almost over! They will NEVER be over. She is my childhood!

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