Teens in 2016 have an entirely different idea of what a celebrity is than any other generation of teenagers.
Recently, we did some research and talked to dozens of teenagers who told us which celebrities they like the most. Answers included run-of-the-mill actors and singers, but it was YouTubers and Vine stars that dominated their responses.
We’ve collected their responses here to show you which stars, while still up-and-coming in mainstream media, are already blowing up on the internet.
Shawn Mendes is arguably Vine’s first (and biggest) super-success story. A 17-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter, Mendes got his start playing songs on Vine. Now, he’s known for his single “Stitches.”
Lele Pons is a Miami-based teenaged Vine star, best known for pulling pranks on family and friends and for her hyper-edited Vines.
Of all the most popular Vine stars, Josh Peck may be the only one who could have been referred to as a celebrity before Vine was ever created. An actor most well-known for his stint on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh,” Josh has converted his humor into six-second soundbites on Vine.
23-year-old Connor Franta does more than just make his own YouTube videos — he’s an entrepreneur. He has his own coffee line, called Common Culture Coffee. He’s also written a memoir called “A Work in Progress,” In late 2014, he came out as gay to his millions of YouTube fans.
Alx James is uber-popular on Vine — he posts hilarious videos of himself, usually accompanied by pop-culture references and music — and soon he’ll have his own reality TV show too.
29-year-old Colleen Ballinger-Evans is the actress and comedian better known as YouTube character Miranda Sings, known for her heavy lipstick use, awful advice, and tone-deaf music covers. She’s getting her own scripted comedy show on Netflix, too.
Jack and Jack
Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson met in kindergarten, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Jack and Jack are a pop-rap duo, and they moved to LA after graduating from high school this year to work on their music and to keep making Vines.
Jenna Marbles (real name: Jenna Mourey) has long been one of the most recognizable stars on YouTube. Though she started her career with BarStool Sports, Mourey soon moved into video after posting “How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking,” which quickly blew up. She has been pegged as the model YouTube star, reportedly making around $350,000 a year off her channel.
You may remember 20-year-old Australian Troye Sivan as the kid who played young Jamesin “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” a few years ago. But he’s also a celebrated YouTuber. Sivan started singing on YouTube in 2007 — he’s released an album since — but began vlogging in 2012.
Tyler Oakley is a beloved YouTube star, but his success stretches across more than just the internet — he’s adored by fans everywhere. He wrote a book, starred in a limited-release movie, and is on “The Amazing Race.” The 26 year old is as much an activist as he is an internet personality. A lot of his work touches on LGBT rights, particularly LGBT youth and preventing LGBT youth suicide.
Hilarious YouTube personality Grace Helbig is one of the first YouTube-made celebs making the jump to a major network for her own show. She got her own primetime show on the E! network last year, and she’s a writer too: in 2014, she published “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending You’re a Grown Up.” She says that despite her 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube, becoming internet famous was “a slow process.”
Manny Gutierrez is better known on YouTube as Manny MUA, a sassy beauty vlogger. “I think boys deserve just as much cosmetic recognition,” he says on his Instagram account. His YouTube channel is devoted to all kinds of beauty tutorials, ranging from “How to do winged eyeliner” to “What’s in my purse?”
Rosanna Pansino’s nerdy cooking site is the most popular baking channel on YouTube. Among the most popular videos on Rosanna’s “Nerdy Nummies” channel are tutorials on nerd-themed creations like “Space Invaders Chocolates,” “Pi Pie Pops,” and “Princess Peach Cobbler.” If you live in New York City, you may recognize Rosanna from her subway ad.
Logan Paul’s funny, over-the-top Vines landed him a nomination for in last year’s Shorty Awards, a Web-based awards show recognizing people who do cool stuff on the internet. Hamming it up on Vine must run in the family because Logan’s little brother, Jake, was nominated for the same award.
Like other YouTube superstars, Shane Dawson is a jack-of-all-trades. On his 7-million-subscriber YouTube channel, ShaneDawsonTV, he impersonates celebrities and does spoofs of TV shows. He’s also released six singles, has a podcast called Shane and Friends, released a film called “Not Cool,” and published a memoir called “I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays.
Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart
Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart (no relation) are usually found with co-conspirator and fellow YouTuber Grace Helbig, and the three are known as the “Holy Trinity/Trifecta” of YouTube. Mamrie is best known for her YouTube series “You Deserve A Drink,” while Hannah fans know her best for her “My Drunk Kitchen” YouTube channel.
The lead singer of mid-2000s band Panic! at the Disco, Brendon Urie has become something of a Vine star among a younger generation who may not remember his musical pursuits. He uses his Vine account to narrate everything about his life.
“Vine taught me to be original again, you can really have fun with it, which it what I needed at the time [when I first joined],” he told Fuse in an interview last year. “It was around the last album, whenever I would get too frustrated I would just turn to Vine. I’d vent my frustrations into a creative pattern.”