Selena Gomez beats Taylor Swift to become Instagram's most-followed celebrity

Selena has 103 million followers, while Taylor Swift is second with 93.9 million. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Los Angeles, CA, United States Dec 02, 2016, 05.07 PM (IST)

Two of America's leading pop singers -- Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift -- have dominated Instagram in 2016 with 103 million and 93.9 million followers this year.

Selena was thus the most-followed celebrity in the annual rankings released by the social networking site this year.

Singers Ariana Grande and Beyonce stood at the third and fourth spot with 89.6 million and 88.9 million followers respectively. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian was at the fifth place with 88.2 million followers.

All five women were the top-followed Instagram accounts last year as well, but the order shifted as Kardashian dropped from second to fifth.

Selena, 24, also had the most-liked celebrity photo and video and was the most-mentioned artist on the social media network.

The US music hashtag which trended most on Instagram this year was 'hip hop'. The top moments included tributes pouring in for David Bowie after he died in January, and fans mourning Prince after his sudden death in April.

The Facebook-owned social networking site, which is centered on users sharing photos and videos, has grown to more than 500 million global users this year.

Other year-end statistics included the 'most-instagrammed' day of 2016 - Halloween - and the most-used emoji in posts, which was the heart emoji.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)