Last year was a huge one in music entertainment, and on Feb. 8, 2015, big-name celebrities from musicians to actors will gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. It’s a night of performances and recognition for artists across different genres of music as they vie for wins in various categories, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.
Each year, some artists dominate the show with multiple nods. This year is no exception, with Iggy Azalea and Taylor Swift frontrunners in their category, Record of the Year.
Between album sales, performances and endorsement deals, both Iggy Azalea and Taylor Swift banked millions last year. Forbes ranks Taylor Swift on its Celebrity 100, with $64 million a year, thanks in part to endorsements with Diet Coke and CoverGirl. Swift’s net worth is estimated at $200 million.
Iggy Azalea released her debut album in 2014 and quickly rose to the top of the charts. Nominated for four Grammy awards, she’s had a busy year collaborating with other singers, snagging fashion endorsements and even has a “Fast & Furious 7” cameo. Celebrity Net Worth estimates the Australian singer’s net worth grew to $6 million in less than 12 months.
Currently Swift and Azalea have a combined net worth of approximately $206 million. Not only can we expect these ladies to dominate reward season, together they’ve banked more than many others in the entertainment biz, including some who’ve been in the spotlight far longer.
8 People Iggy Azalea and Taylor Swift Are Richer Than
1. Denzel Washington Net Worth
He’s an Oscar winner, screenwriter and producer/director, and has had more leading roles than we can count. Despite a film and television career that spans more than 30 years, Denzel Washington’s net worth is $190 million, slightly less than the combined net worth of Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea.
2. Jennifer Aniston Net Worth
Jennifer Aniston might just be everyone’s favorite “Friend” with her sense of humor and laid-back attitude. She’s a spokeswoman, producer and philanthropist who pulls in roughly $5 million per comedy film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And in the last two seasons of playing Rachel Green on Friends, Aniston earned $1 million per episode. Even though Aniston’s been in the business longer than Swift and Azalea combined, her net worth is still lower Swift’s, at $150 million.
3. Julia Roberts Net Worth
She’s the queen of romantic comedies with hits like “Pretty Woman,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Notting Hill.” Julia Roberts earns as much as $25 million per film, and gross ticket sales from all her movies exceed $2 billion. She’s undoubtedly one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with a net worth of $170 million — still lower than Swift’s.
4. George Clooney Net Worth
He began his career with bit parts on “The Facts of Life” and “Roseanne,” but quickly rose to stardom with bigger roles in television and film. Clooney is probably best known for playing Dr. Doug Ross on the NBC series “ER,” as well as his roles in several blockbusters, including “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Gravity.” The actor, screenwriter, director and voice actor has a net worth of $180 million.
5. Katy Perry Net Worth
Super Bowl XLIX halftime show star Katy Perry is nominated for two Grammy awards in 2015. Her 2008 single “I Kissed a Girl” made her a household name. Between touring and endorsements she earns between $30 and $50 million a year, placing her net worth around $130 million.
6. Kanye West Net Worth
He began his career as a producer for Roc-A-Fella records and then went on to release top-selling albums “The College Dropout,” “Late Registration,” “Graduation,” “808s & Heartbreak” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Kanye West has produced tracks for some of the music industry’s biggest musicians, such as John Legend, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. Additionally, he has two shoe lines and he owns a chain of restaurants. To date, West has won 21 Grammy awards, with multiple nods at this year’s upcoming show. Surprisingly, his net worth is just $130 million.
7. Peyton Manning Net Worth
Peyton Manning is one of the highest-paid and most recognizable NFL quarterbacks in the league. Not only does he pull in big bucks with his $25 million a year NFL salary, he earns more than $12.5 million a year from endorsements with Papa John’s, DirecTV, Gatorade, Buick and others. Manning’s net worth is $165 million.
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