Which Stars Are About To Totally Own 2016? Find Out!

From buzzworthy actors to up-and-coming artists, these are the celebrities who'll be making headlines next year.

Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, the entire Jenner/Kardashian family, and the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, these are just some of the names that’ll come to mind when you think of 2015. But as the year comes to a close, it’s time to stop looking back and start looking forward! Who’s next to dominate the headlines, the charts, and the box office? From familiar faces finally making it to the top to up-and-coming talent hitting the mainstream, here’s who’s going to own 2016.

  • 1 Sophie Turner
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    Sophie Turner is quickly becoming the lynchpin of every major project she’s in. In 2016 she’ll be returning to Game of Thrones as GOAT Sansa Stark, and starring in X-Men: Apocalypse as the all-knowing founding X-Men member Jean Grey. Can you hear the fanboy screams already?

  • 2 Zayn Malik
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    Forget One Direction, Zayn Malik is ready to pop off on his own next year. As he announced over the summer, the British singer is planning to drop his first solo album under RCA records sometime next year. The hype is only starting to build, as Malik just released a teaser for his first single, “Befour,” with Fader.

  • 3 Zendaya
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    You know her from the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover, but Zendaya is more than just a multi-talented artist. Expect her presence as a role model for millennials everywhere to expand into the new year, especially as she gets closer to the release of her sophomore album, on which she’s collaborating with Timbaland.

  • 4 Kygo
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    Collaborations on collaborations on collaborations— that’s what the Norwegian DJ/producer’s 2016 should look like. This year alone, he’s released remixes with Nas and Dillon Francis, debuted his hit “Stole the Show” with Parson James, and performed “Sexual Healing” with John Legend. The soon-to-be EDM superstar, who’s planning to drop his debut album next year, will be kicking off 2016 with a massive solo show at Barclay’s Center.

  • 5 Alessia Cara
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    The Canadian singer-songwriter has already been co-signed by Drake and Taylor Swift, and rightfully so. A testament to her soulful talent, her anti-social anthem “Here” is certified Gold and peaked at number eight on U.S. charts, while her highly anticipated debut album Know-It-All came up at number nine on the Billboard 200. In 2016, she’ll be taking that album on tour, which will undoubtedly get more fans hopping on the A.C. bandwagon.

  • 6 Felicity Jones
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    You already saw the hype around Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars debut, making her every girl’s background wallpaper. Expect the same kind of commotion to surround Felicity Jones, the star of the Star Wars universe’s first standalone film, Rogue One, which will hit theaters next December. Not for nothing, she beat out Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara for the coveted role, so she must be something truly special.

  • 7 Gal Gadot
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    Let’s be real, no one’s actually watching Batman v. Superman for Batman or Superman. The world’s had enough of them, thank you. Truth is, viewers will be buying a ticket to see Gal Gadot completely steal the show as Wonder Woman. Sure, she’ll explode in 2017 when her standalone film drops, but expect her star to rise as word-of-mouth makes her the one to watch once B v. S hits theaters.

  • 8 Shawn Mendes
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    WTF is it with Canadians dominating American charts? Not that we’re complaining, but Mendes is yet another Canuck on this list. His infectious hit “Stitches” was on such a constant rotation that you couldn’t drive to the grocery store without hearing it play. Time listed him as one of the Most Influential Teens of 2015, and he’s established himself as a new heartthrob. Surely this momentum will push him to new heights in 2016.

  • 9 Margot Robbie
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    Margot Robbie is unstoppable. She owned Wolf of Wall Street and made Focus actually watchable, but she’s only getting started. Next year, she’s starring as Harley Quinn in arguably the most anticipated movie of 2016, Suicide Squad, and as the beloved Jane Porter opposite Alexander Skarsgard in The Legend of Tarzan. With two big blockbusters, the world won’t be able to stop talking about the 25-year-old Aussie.

  • 10 The Cast of The Get Down
    Move over, Marvel, there’s a new Netflix show everyone will be tweeting about. Created by Baz Luhrmann, The Get Down is a musical drama that follows the lives of teenagers who run the Bronx in the ’70s. It stars newcomers Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown, a.k.a your soon-to-be favorite new actors.

  • 11 Riz Ahmed
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    Brit-born Ahmed established himself in the UK as famed rapper Riz MC, while his turn as Jake Gyllenhaal’s cameraman in Nightcrawler put him on the map stateside. However, he’s about to go global with a starring role opposite Felicity Jones in the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One.

  • 12 Chloe Grace Moretz
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    Moretz has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue since she starred in Kick-Ass before puberty even hit, but next year we’ll see her all grown up. Not only is she fronting the film adaptations of two major novels, Brain on Fire and The 5th Wave, but she’s starring opposite Zac Efron in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Get ready to see her like you never have before.

  • 13 Frank Ocean
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    Will 2016 be the year we finally get some new Frank Ocean? Most likely. At one point the singer had confidence in releasing his sophomore album, Boys Don’t Cry, but then last July he went ghost. Still, fans and critics alike wait with bated breath until he actually does release new music. And when he does, expect nearly Adele-level pandemonium.

  • 14 DJ Khaled
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    Selena Gomez, Stephen Curry, Kanye West—these are names you’d expect to hear out of the mouths of 15-year-old boys hangin’ at the mall. Now, thanks to Snapchat, you can add DJ Khaled to the list. The DJ/producer/Internet personality has amassed such a following thanks to his hilariously uplifting Snapchat presence that fans who haven’t even listened to his music quote “bless up” and “another one” on a regular basis. Truly, he’s got the keys to success.

  • 15 Gigi Hadid
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    Next year she won’t just be part of Taylor Swift’s #squad, nor Kendall Jenner’s BFF. Next year she’ll be known as a celebrity in her own right. All you have to do is open the pages of any gossip rag to see how much the general public is starting to pay attention to her. What’s up with Joe Jonas? Is she dating Zayn Malik? Where’s she partying? Add to that the high-profile modeling campaigns she deservedly lands, and Gigi Hadid is the quintessential 2016 socialite.

Tara Aquino is an entertainment writer based out of L.A. She likes people, places, and things.