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Taylor Swift Lands at No. 7 on Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities List

Taylor Swift arrives at the 46th Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)

Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Larry the Cable all find themselves on this year’s Forbes list of the 100 Most Power Celebrities.  They join an impressive list that features a mix of film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, other musicians and comedians.  It’s not just money that earned these celebs a spot on the list, Forbes used a combination of factors including gross entertainment earnings, media exposure, presence on the web and social media influence.

Of the five country acts to make it onto the list,  Taylor Swift leads the pack landing at the No. 7 spot sandwiched between Tiger Woods and Bon Jovi, up from her No. 12 spot in 2010.   Brad Paisley edges into the top half of the list at No. 48 just ahead of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.  Toby Keith is right on his heels at No. 51.  Tim McGraw checks in at No. 61 and Larry The Cable Guy finds his way onto the list at No. 91.

One other notable entry on the list with a country connection is Katherine Heigl, wife of Josh Kelley, at the No. 89 spot.

Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, who each made the list in 2010, failed to repeat the feat this year.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 spots on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Celebrities List:

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. U2
  5. Elton John
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Taylor Swift
  8. Bon Jovi
  9. Simon Cowell
  10. LeBron James

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