We know, we know. You've been waiting ALL year for this list. Right guys? Right? We don't blame you, because what's hotter than a celeb doing good? Answer: nothing. Welll, maybe Beyoncé’s bootyilicious dance moves or Zayne’s abs. But in all seriousness, these celebs had 365 days to make real impact and this group nailed it with their acts of generosity.
20. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber may be on Santa's naughty list this year (and probably yours too) but he did use his fame for a lot of good. In 2013, Bieber became the first recording artist to make over 200 Make-A-Wish kids' dreams come true. He also raised an astounding $1,164,027 in just a few days with Prizeo.com to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
19. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar was one of the busiest rappers in the world in 2013, but he still made time to do good. Not only are his verses socially conscious, but Lamar leveraged his celebrity status to raise thousands for the Red Cross to aid in Superstorm Sandy relief through his fans.
18. Kevin Durant
There's no disputing that Kevin Durant kicks ass on the court. But, did you know that the 6'9" player also has a huge heart? When tornadoes devastated his basketball team's home-state, Durant acted quickly and kindly. He put ONE MILLION of his own dollars into relief efforts, and even got Nike to match his contribution through goods for survivors.
17. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is our girl! She's not only changing the conversation about women and race on television, but she's also managed to fit in some serious charity work this year. Kaling was a regular at benefits where she raised money for female empowerment organizations like Girls Inc. and food organizations like LA Food Bank. Love her.
16. Blake Shelton
If you've ever watched The Voice, you know that Blake Shelton has got jokes. But all ribbing aside, this country music star is serious about doin' good. In response to the tornado that devastated his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma in May, Shelton created Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert that raised $6 million to fund recovery and rebuilding efforts in central Oklahoma.
15. Demi Lovato
Demetria's been busy! In between giving Simon Cowell a playfully hard time on the X Factor, Demi has managed to publish the book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, (a 365-day collection of Demi's most powerful, honest and hopeful insights to give young people everywhere daily affirmations), and she also gave a lot of love to her favorite charity Free the Children throughout the year. She launched Demi's Charity Boutique on eBay, with proceeds from the boutique's sales supporting Free the Children, and also appeared on a celebrity edition of The Price is Right, earning almost $50,000 for Free the Children.
14. Miley Cyrus
Have you heard of Miley Cyrus? She used to be on this Disney show, she twerked at a big video awards show this year...she basically became the official Pop Culture President of 2013. Not only did she make headlines pretty much every week this year, and have a questionable relationship with a hammer in the controversial Wrecking Ball video (but seriously, the song is sooooo good!), she ALSO managed to use her platform (read: nipples) for good. This December, Cyrus tweeted a photo of herself outside in the snow, with her shirt lifted up and hearts blocking any real nudity to support the indie film Free the Nipple, a documentary questioning censorship of the U.S. media in regards to the naked female body and the lack of censorship in the media to violence. Biggest year of her career AND using social media to raise awareness for a good cause? #thebestofbothworlds
13. Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul
Walter White (RIP) would be proud. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul raised $1.8 million dollars for anti-bullying charity The Kind Campaign by offering winners a chance to watch the most buzzed about series finale of the year with the Breaking Bad cast.
12. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys has performed all over the world, but this year she took the time to perform for a cause. Keys headlined The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park this summer, which drew over 60,000 people to be a part of a movement to end extreme poverty. Keys also visited and gave aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. While we're at it, let's not forget her work with Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit she founded to support families with HIV/AIDS.
11. Jennifer Lawrence
This year, JLaw has kicked ass on screen as the fearless Katniss Everdeen and off screen through all of the good she’s done for others. The actress held a special pre-screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to raise money for the St. Mary’s Center, an organization that supports teens and adults with intellectual disabilities.
10. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood did a lot of good this year (and we’re not referring to her “so bad it’s good” performance in The Sound of Music Live.) The country singer donated $1 million to the Red Cross from her "Blown Away Tour" to help with disaster relief after her home state of Oklahoma was devastated by deadly tornadoes earlier this year.
9. Ryan Seacrest
Hosting a radio show, American Idol, the summer game show Million Second Quiz, and Rockin’ New Year’s Eve (seriously, what doesn't he host?!) didn’t stop Ryan Seacrest from giving back this year. Seacrest’s non-profit The Ryan Seacrest Foundation partnered with a slew of stars to give kids in hospitals the chance to feel like a star for a day. Plus, the charity was also selected as the beneficiary for iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball 2013 Tour.
8. Ian Somerhalder
Newsflash: The Vampire Diaries star is still hot. Like, super hot. Also, his Ian Somerhalder Foundation “aims to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” The outspoken environmentalist and animal rights activist has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his cause. The world thanks him for that. And his bone structure.
7. Kerry Washington
The Scandal star is making a difference in real-life Washington, D.C., too. She serves on President Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, advocating nationally for arts education in low-income areas. She also - if you haven’t been alive in 2013 - killed it on SNL and generally represents the quintessence of talent, beauty and class.
6. Sandra Bullock
Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year notched an incredible 2013, both on the screen and in the world of philanthropy. Her back-to-back performances in The Heat and Gravity further solidified the Oscar winner’s versatility. She was also honored with a Mothers Who Make a Difference Award and the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Humanitarian” for her ongoing efforts in disaster relief and education.
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Sure “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” topped the charts, but this rapper-producer’s impact transcended music. “Same Love” spurred a national conversation and challenged the hip-hop community (and the rest of the world) to adopt a culture of acceptance. “Same Love” took home the VMA for “Best Video With a Social Message.” Not a bad addition to duo’s seven Grammy nominations.
4. Paul Walker
It’s said that only the good die young and Paul Walker was one of the best. The late actor/producer dedicated a lot of his time to helping those affected by natural disasters. In fact, he founded a charity that works to do just that. Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) is a network of professionals with first responder skills (think: doctors, nurses, firefighters, paramedics, and other disaster-survival specialists). “These professionals work to immediately fulfill the unmet need in times of chaos, tragedy, and destruction.”
They don’t call her Queen B for nothing. Dropping a secret album that went on to break records says it all. Amirite? Buut in case you need a little more convincing, Beyoncé used those vocals for good when she headlined London’s charity concert for women’s rights: ‘Chime For Change’ earlier this year.
2. One Direction
Just when we thought we couldn’t love these guys more, they release a Red Nose Day single – raising over £2million to help dozens across Africa and the UK who are living in severe poverty or injustice. 1D also used their star-power to bring in $784,345 in donations, benefitting cancer research.
1. Taylor Swift
Tay Tay is at it again. The country-pop star has topped our chart for the second year in a row. And with good reason too, y’all. Swift recently celebrated her 24th birthday by GIVING gifts instead of getting. She donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which has faced extreme financial difficulties this year. Swift also headlined an event benefiting Centrepoint, an org working to help young people experiencing homelessness. It was hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (Her good-doing even transcends continents!)
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