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John Cena makes the top 10 of DoSomething.org's 2016 Celebs Gone Good list

NEW YORK CITY – DoSomething.org, a global movement of young people doing good, announces its ninth annual Celebs Gone Good list. Celebs Gone Good is an annual list that recognizes the year’s top celebrities who use their star power for social change.

John Cena ranked at No. 6. The WWE Superstar starred in the Ad Council's "Love Has No Labels" video and to date, has granted more than 500 wishes for children across the globe in support of Make-A-Wish.

Beyoncé topped this year’s list for using her platform to bring light to a variety of causes including representation of black women in popular culture, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and gender equality. The "Lemonade" singer also put the spotlight on the #BlackLivesMatter movement by sharing the red carpet at MTV’s VMAs with the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III. Additionally, Beyoncé teamed up with Jay-Z to host a charity concert with Tidal to benefit the poverty-fighting organization, The Robin Hood Foundation.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda may have been “Non-Stop” this year with the success of the hit musical, but he made time to elevate causes close to his heart. As a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., Miranda teamed up with Jennifer Lopez on a song called “Love Make the World Go Round" and donated proceeds to the Hispanic Federation's Proyecto Somos Orlando initiative. He also used his Tony Awards acceptance speech to pay tribute to the victims and reminded everyone that “Love is love is love is love.” Later this year, Miranda and his mother partnered with the celebrity fundraising platform Prizeo to offer a lucky winner the chance to see Hamilton in New York, Chicago and San Francisco to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.

Other stars who topped the list include Taylor Swift who after the flooding in Louisiana, donated $1 million toward relief efforts. Demi Lovato used her platform to speak up about mental health issues by urging politicians to make mental health care accessible. Shailene Woodley helped bring national attention to the movement to call for a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 
 
The 2016 “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list:

  1. Beyoncé
  2. Lin-Manuel Miranda
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Demi Lovato
  5. Shailene Woodley
  6. John Cena
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Lady Gaga
  9. Zendaya
  10. Jesse Williams
  11. Gina Rodriguez
  12. Chance the Rapper
  13. Tyler Oakley
  14. Serena Williams
  15. Yara Shahidi
  16. Justin Bieber
  17. Shawn Mendes
  18. Misha Collins
  19. Nyle DiMarco
  20. Aziz Ansari


In addition to the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list, DoSomething.org chose five “Celebs to Watch in 2017” highlighting young talent using their platforms to give back. This year’s Celebs to Watch list included:

  1. Rowan Blanchard
  2. Amandla Stenberg
  3. Jaden Smith
  4. Alessia Cara
  5. Maddie & Mackenzie Ziegler


The “Top Internet Celebs” were chosen by fans for using the power of their online platforms for social good. This year’s winners are:

  1. The Dolan Twins
  2. Markiplier
  3. Caspar Lee
  4. Cameron Dallas
  5. Colleen Ballinger


The Celebs Gone Good winners are compiled as a result of a three-part methodology (1) Votes and nominations from the public (2) Celebrities’ STARmeter ranking on Internet Movie Database and (3) Expertise from the Celebs Gone Good Advisory Committee.

For more information about Celebs Gone Good, visit CelebsGoneGood.com.
For more information about DoSomething.org, visit DoSomething.org.

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