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Taylor Swift Is Hollywood’s Most-Powerful Star Under 30 — And Here’s Why

Taylor Swift lands at the coveted number one spot on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index.

Why, exactly? Let us count the ways.

The star, who scored her first No. 1 single on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” is the top-earning star under 30. According to Forbes magazine, Swift raked in a cool $57 million from May 2011 to May 2012 alone.

With endorsement deals galore — Target, Diet Coke, Keds, CoverGirl, Elizabeth Arden and more — the country pop singer-songwriter is a corporate mega-brand.

One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Swift’s long list of accolades includes six Grammy Awards, 10 AMAs, seven CMAs, six ACMs and 13 BMI Awards.

Selling over 20 million albums and 41.8 million digital tracks worldwide, Swift is on top of the entertainment industry is a major way.

So, what do our experts have to say about the golden girl? Launch the video above to find out.

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How Kristin Stewart Became One Of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stars

Nothing keeps a celebrity front-and-center in the press like a good, old-fashioned scandal.

No one knows that better than Kristen Stewart, who is ranked No. 4 on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index. The star had her fair share of press coverage in 2012: Her now famous affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders while she was dating Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson may have cast the star in a temporarily negative light, but it made her more famous than ever.

After issuing a public apology to Pattinson, Stewart reminded herself to shake off the negative attention.

“I used to just stay in my hotel room rather than deal with everything,” she told U.K. newspaper The Sun. “But if you get too caught up in what others think, you become a really disjointed person.”

The media firestorm did little to deter fans from the most recent installment of the Twilight franchise. In October, the star embarked on a successful publicity tour for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 with Pattinson and co-star Taylor Lautner – making stops in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Australia, Japan and Brazil, to name a few.

As one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, Stewart’s career hasn’t suffered at all. According to Forbes magazine, she is one of the most monetarily successful celebs, earning her bosses $40.60 for every dollar she was paid last year. So, how does the celeb spend her riches?

In October, Stewart plunked down a reported $2.2 million on a two-story hillside home in a gated Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

And what’s next for star now that the Twilight saga has come to an end? The actress will certainly score a quite sizable paycheck to reprise her role as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman 2 which will move ahead sans Sanders.

Just how famous is KStew? See what our experts have to say by watching the video above.

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Who Is Next On Our Hollywood Power List?

These days, it takes way more than talent and good looks to become an entertainment superstar.

To be considered a power player in Hollywood, a celebrity has to have millions of Twitter followers, paparazzi appeal, a best-selling fragrance or fashion line or major accolades from their respected peers; and if a star is smart, they already have established a combination of all of the above.

Certainly, the next 10 stars on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index are well on their way to achieving all of this — and more. Just look at No. 20 on our list, Anne Hathaway, who is less than two weeks away from winning an Oscar for Les Misearbles.

Who else made this week’s countdown?

Have a look now in the gallery, above, as Celebuzz gets closer to naming the most-powerful celebrity in Hollywood under the age of 30.

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Watch: How Lil Wayne Became a Big on Power in Hollywood

As hip-hop’s current reigning king, Lil Wayne — whose earnings totaled around $27 million as of May 2012 — makes Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index at No. 21.

By the age of 28, the rhymester had his most lucrative year ever thanks to the top-selling album “Carter IV.” (Case in point: The LP sold nearly 1 million copies in its opening week.)

But record sales were just peanuts compared to the money the artist made from touring. In just one year, Lil Wayne played 50 shows, earning nearly $600,000 per-night. Coupled with the launch of his clothing line, Trukfit, designing his own sneaker, Carter IV with Supra, and a multimillion dollar deal inked with Mountain Dew, the rapper’s bank account continues to swell.

Nearly a year and a half since dropping “Carter IV,” Weezy is back to release his highly anticipated tenth solo LP, “I Am Not A Human Being.” The album, which will be released this month, features hip-hop stars like Future and Drake on tracks like “Good Kush & Alcohol.”

The rapper even says that hit maker Kanye West reached out to him to help with his album’s packaging.

Lil Wayne’s prison memoir, Gone Till November, is set to be released March 14, 2013. The memoir chronicles his life from March to November of 2010. Take a look at his recently revealed cover art and pre-order the book.

How does Lil Wayne stack up against the competition? See what Celebuzz’s experts have to say in the video below.

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