Taylor Swift is closing out 2018 with a brand-new accolade. The “Delicate” singer-songwriter has been dubbed the “Most Influential Woman on Twitter” for 2018, per Brandwatch. Swift notably bumps last year’s reigning female influencer, Katy Perry, out of the top spot and down to No. 2 this year. Their influencer scores are 98 and 96, respectively.
The ranking reportedly reflects “a selection of criteria that is added together to create their influence score.” Of the Top 10 ladies who made the ranking this year, eight are music artists. Model and reality star Kim Kardashian-West came in at No. 3 and 30-time Emmy-winning talk show host-comedian Ellen DeGeneres fell in the middle of the pack, hitting No. 5, ahead of Selena Gomez at No. 6 and just below Demi Lovato at No. 4.
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez make the biggest drop within the Top 10 list, with both artists falling five places from last year. Shakira currently holds seventh place and last year she was ranked at No. 2. J-Lo is currently No. 8 and was No. 3 last year.
Swift had a massive year in the wake of her sixth studio album, reputation’s release. She stays connected to her fans in all sorts of ways – including hosting secret listening parties in her homes around the world before reputation dropped to the public.
Swift swept four major awards at the fan-voted American Music Awards in 2018, including Artist of the Year, which is a strong indication of how much she means to her fans. She also gained a lot of attention when she broke her political silence on Instagram and urged her followers to vote in the 2018 midterm election. The “Gorgeous” singer recently closed her critically-acclaimed reputation tour in Tokyo, Japan.
Former One Direction member Liam Payne is the “Most Influential Man” on Twitter in 2018. Like Swift, Payne was not listed in the ranking for 2017. His influencer score is 97 (a point below Swift) and he bested Donald Trump, who maintains his second-place ranking from last year. Justin Bieber falls two notches from his No. 1 rank last year, to No. 3 for 2018.
There are six musicians in the men’s Top 10 influencer list. Payne’s former 1D bandmate Niall Horan ranks at No. 6, Bruno Mars follows at No. 7, David Guetta lands at No. 8 and Indian musician A.R. Rahman captures No. 10.