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10 Youtubers That Totally Nailed It In 2014

It's been a great year for YouTube content creators.

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1. Tyler Oakley

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This year has been HUGE for Tyler Oakley. For starters, he gained close to 4 million subscribers in the past 12 months alone. No wonder he was named Entertainer Of The Year 2014 by the Coca-Cola sponsored Streamy Awards.

But Oakely was busy outside of the YouTube sphere as well. For his 25th birthday he raised over $500,000 for the Trevor Project, an American non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. The fundraising more than tripled the original goal of $150,000.

Thank you to EVERYONE who donated & helped spread the word to help us raise $500k+ for @TrevorProject. Can’t wait to send out rewards! <3

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Thank you to EVERYONE who donated & helped spread the word to help us raise $500k+ for @TrevorProject. Can’t wait to send out rewards! <3

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For this achievement and other work Tyler has done for the Trevor Project over the years, the organization has crowned him as their 2014 Youth Innovator. Oakley also won the Web Star: Male category of the Teen's Choice Award and hosted both MTVU's Fandom Awards and New Now Next Awards.

In August this year, Tyler started his own podcast called Psychobabble that week by week tops the iTunes Podcast charts in the comedy section.

If all that wasn't enough, he has been photographed for the November 2014 Out Magazine's Out100. Slay, Tyler, slay!

2. Grace Helbig

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Grace Helbig was probably one of the busiest youtubers of this year. She started 2014 by ending her partership with MyDamnChannel, bravely walking away from an account with over 2.4 million subscribers, only to start everything anew on her independent channel, ItsGrace. The hard work has paid off as she is back, better and stronger than ever.

During the summer, along with another youtuber, Mamrie Hart, she visited eight states in an online, choose-your-own-adventure travel series called #HeyUSA run by The Scene and Astronauts Wanted.

Late August saw the beginning of Grace's own podcast, Not Too Deep With Grace Helbig, that proved to be extremely popular and landed on the top of the iTunes Podcast Charts very soon after its release.

In October, Grace became an author and released her debut book called Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up. The book quickly became #1 New York Times bestseller. Nice one, Grace. Keep it up!

3. Troye Sivan

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For Troye, 2014 was all about signing a deal with Universal and releasing his first EP, TRXYE. The record reached 5th place on US Billboard 200 and made it to the top 5 in many other countries all over the world. Following the success of the EP, he is now recording his full-length debut album. The unfolding music career has also allowed Troye to be selected as one of the presenters for the 2015 Grammy nominations.

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And when Troye was not recording in studio or performing live, he kept himself busy by acting. Sivan starred as John "Spud" Milton in the South African franchise Spud 3: Learning to Fly. Youtubers Blessing Xaba and Caspar Lee also appeared in this production.

4. Hannah Hart

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It was a big year for Hannah. She collaborated with Jamie Oliver, Mary-Louise Parker, and Sarah Silverman, among others. Moreover, together with Grace Helbig, she hosted the 2014 Streamy Awards and absolutelly killed it.

In August, she released a book, My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut, that quickly became a New York Times bestseller.

But it's the Camp Takota film that seems to be her biggest achievement this year. Together with Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig, Hart starred in and produced a movie that was fully kickstarted by the fans and distributed solely online. The film grossed at seven figures and is currently available on Netflix.

5. Miranda Sings

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Miranda caused quite a stir in the industry in 2014. Her subscribers count went through the roof - it went up by nearly 300% in the last 12 months. Wow! Her comdey tour called Self Help hit 57 cities in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia. Oh, and did I mention she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award?

Miranda was one of the youtubers who made a break through to the mainstream media this year. She was recently featured in Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. and he has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Nice one!

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6. Zoella

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The biggest thing Zoe had going on for her this year was her book, Girl Online, that sold 78,109 copies in the first week of being on the market - more than JK Rowling, Dan Brown, or EL James achieved with their first books!

Zoella was also lucky enough to be featured in the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 30 song along with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin, and Bono, among others.

In accordance with her brand as a beauty guru, Zoe has launched a range of beauty products under the named Zoella Beauty.

7. Shane Dawson

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Shane Dawson, as always, managed to raise hell this year. He directed, produced, and released his highly controversial debut film, Not Cool, as a part of Starz TV reality show, The Chair. He won the program, receiving $250,000 for a future production. The film, despite receiving mixed reviews, reached #5 on iTunes Charts after only few hours of being available.

Dawson has also signed a book deal with Keywords Press and plans on releasing it in 2015.

8. Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil

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Dan and Phil made it big again in 2014. They started a new, second in their career, BBC Radio 1 show called The Internet Takeover. On top of being nominated for a Teen Choice Award, the boys have also landed themselves a commercial deal with EE Limited - a British mobile network.

9. ||Superwoman||

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Lily a.k.a. ||Superwoman|| made it big in 2014! She gained over 4 million subscribers this year alone. Her recent 12 Collabs Of Christmas that she run throughout December gained her over 14.5 million views in only 25 days. Now, that's a lot!

Moreover, along with Humble The Poet, she has recorded a hit single called #LEH. The song became an instant online hit, with over 7 million views.

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10. The Fine Brothers

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It was a fine year for the Fine Bros. With over 4 million subscribers gained since January, their hit online React series became so popular that they signed a deal with Nickelodeon to produce the show for traditional media. React To That premiered on air Dec 15.

Rafi and Benny have also signed a deal with Big Block company to produce a feature film, to be released some time in the 2015-16 season. Good job, you guys!

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