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20 Celebs Who Made A Difference In 2016

Beyoncé, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Taylor Swift top the list.

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Once again, DoSomething.org has announced their 2016 Celebs Gone Good list, honoring celebs who use their star power for social change.

This year, it features stars who used their platforms to raise awareness for gender equality, mental health, bullying, and more.

20. Aziz Ansari

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The hysterical actor and comedian spent time trying to get out the vote in this year's election by appearing in a PSA for The Other 98%, which encouraged young people to vote.

19. Nyle DiMarco

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Aside from winning both Dancing With The Stars and America's Next Top Model, Nyle created his very own foundation to support Deaf people and their families, as well as educate the public on Deaf issues.

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17. Shawn Mendes

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The 18-year-old singer not only released his second album Illuminate this year, but he also partnered with DoSomething.org on Notes from Shawn, which focused on "raising the self-esteem of both friends and strangers."

16. Justin Bieber

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This year Bieber made the list once again for becoming the global ambassador for Pencils of Promise and donating $1 from every ticket on his Purpose tour to the organization. He also continued his work with Make-A-Wish, and helped support the Water Now campaign.

15. Yara Shahidi

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The incredible Black-ish star has made waves in Hollywood by pushing for more representation and diversity in the industry, as well as advocating to create art for change at the 2016 Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service.

14. Serena Williams

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The badass tennis icon gave back this year by participating in the tennis charity Djokovic and Friends, which raised money to promote early childhood education in Serbia.

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13. Tyler Oakley

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The YouTube star used his platform this year to team up with DoSomething.org on the We Are Able campaign, which worked to help end the stigma against people with disabilities. He also released Pride Jams to help benefit the Trevor Project, as well as worked to get out the vote during this year's election.

12. Chance the Rapper

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Aside from releasing the incredible Grammy-nominated mixtape Coloring Book, he was also heavily involved in the election this year urging fans to vote, as well as donated money to benefit the homeless in Chicago.

10. Jesse Williams

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The actor and activist once again made waves this year by giving a powerful speech about police violence and representation for people of color at this year's BET awards.

9. Zendaya

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The badass actress and singer helped give back this year by working alongside Michelle Obama and Missy Elliot on the single "This Is For My Girls," which donated proceeds to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.

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8. Lady Gaga

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The pop superstar gave back this year by working with Macy's on her Love Bravery clothing line, which raised money for her Born This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

6. John Cena

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The actor and WWE star has continued to grant countless wishes through the Make-A-Wish foundation, supported the fight against breast cancer with Susan G. Komen, and also appeared in the "Love Has No Labels" campaign.

4. Demi Lovato

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Always using her platform to spread awareness and be a source of inspiration to her millions of fans, Demi took the time this year to speak out about mental health issues, bullying, and sexual assault.

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Aside from taking over the world with the record-breaking hit musical Hamilton, he also took the time to give back to causes close to his heart, including participating in the "Love Make The World Go Round" song which donated all proceeds to the victims and families of the Orlando Pulse shooting, as well as partnering with Prizeo to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.

1. Beyoncé

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Unsurprisingly, Queen B took the top spot this year thanks to the countless ways she shined a light on causes close to her heart. In this year alone, she co-hosted a Tidal charity concert to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation, raised $82,000 for the water crisis in Flint, and fought for more inclusive representation of black women in pop culture, gender equality, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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