Straight Up Tube-ular: Famous Stars On YouTube
If there’s one thing we all love to do, it’s performing. Even if it’s just us singing or acting in front of a mirror, we can’t deny the fact that there’s a joy to be had from the art. Through the years, people have found ways to showcase their inclination for it, such as performing on stage, in movies, or TV shows. Well, thanks to the investments made on the internet, another medium has joined the norm.
YouTube is a streaming platform founded back in 2005, where users can upload videos of them doing a variety of things, ranging from acting to singing to vlogging. Today, the website has numerous content creators with viewers more than twice that number. With that said, some of its most-subscribed channels are also owned by celebrities, and we’ll be taking a look at some of them today.
At this point, it’s no secret that Ariana Grande is one of the most popular singers working in the music industry today. Besides releasing one hit record after another, a lot of investment money has also been spent working on her music videos, all of which are uploaded on her YouTube channel. With a subscriber count of 50.3 million, the Victorious star’s channel also includes behind-the-scenes and concert footage.
If there’s one thing Gordon Ramsay is known for besides cooking, it would be his blunt, witty, meme-worthy remarks. The fiery persona he regularly showcases on several of his shows tends to be several degrees hotter than the usual cooking temperature. Besides appearing on TV, though, Ramsay is also quite active on YouTube, where he posts cooking tutorials, among other things. His channel currently has 18.4 million subscribers.
Without a doubt, Will Smith is one of the most regarded actors working under the spotlight today. First starting out as a rapper, he got his first shot to fame with an acting credit in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since then, he has become a successful leading actor in the movie scene. Just recently, though, he also found his way into YouTube as a vlogger. Suffice to say, viewers love his count, earning him as much as 9.76 million subscribers.
Fans of the Riverdale series can recognize Madelaine Petsch for her role as Cheryl Blossom. Besides staying active in the acting scene and making behind-the-scenes investments as a producer, Petsch also began a vlogging channel on YouTube. With a subscriber count of 6.83 million, the Riverdale star uses the platform to share more of her off-spotlight whereabouts.
There are many comedians in the entertainment industry, and one such figure who has garnered plenty of recognition would be Russell Brand. Along with his fame soaring to even higher degrees with roles in Despicable Me, Get Him to the Greek, and Hop, Brand also runs a political YouTube channel. Through the channel, the comedian/actor has interviewed many big-name figures, among other topics. It currently has 4.55 million subscribers.
With significant portions of investment money spent producing reality shows, we now have well-known programs such as Jersey Shore. The show has introduced viewers to people such as Nicole Polizzi, most recognized as Snooki. Besides her career on TV, she runs a vlog channel on YouTube, which has 978,000 subscribers. Some of the videos she has uploaded give fans a glimpse at her family life.
Shawn Johnson East
While she may not have dabbled much in acting or music, it’s no secret that Shawn Johnson East is a popular figure. Garnering a high degree of recognition as a gymnast, East also runs a YouTube channel with her family called The East Family. With subscribers of up to 1.33 million, their videos often consist of weekly updates on their day-to-day life, among other things.
With her first shot to fame as a member of the girl groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, Adrienne Bailon also landed acting credits for projects such as That’s So Raven, The Cheetah Girls, and Coach Carter. She also has her own YouTube channel called All Things Adrienne, currently having up to 1.15 million subscribers. As its name suggests, the actress talks about various topics, including health and fashion.
Tia Mowry got her big break in the acting scene when she starred in Sister, Sister. Other projects she has worked on since then include Twitches, Seventeen Again, and Baggage Claim. Besides these, though, the actress also has a YouTube channel called Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix. Along with family vlogs, the Twitches star also shares her recipes. Well, to her credit, they do look good.
Jenna Dewan got her start under the spotlight where she worked as a backup dancer for artists such as Pink and Janet Jackson. She later garnered an even higher degree of fame for her role in 2006’s Step Up. Even when she isn’t on stage or working for a movie, however, this actress just can’t stop dancing, which is most apparent on her YouTube channel. Besides vlogs and makeup videos, Dewan showcases more of her moves to millions of viewers, including her 510,000 subscribers.
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