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From Beliebers to Deadheads: The Nicknames of 20 Rabid Celebrity Fanbases

From Beliebers to Deadheads: The Nicknames of 20 Rabid Celebrity Fanbases

16,924 March 6th, 2013
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  • Justin Bieber Performs At The 02 Arena

    Beliebers: Justin Bieber lovingly dubbed his fans Beliebers, and regularly communicates with them via social media. #Beliebers is also a frequent trending topic on Twitter. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jim Dyson
  • HBO Documentary Film "Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream" New York Premiere - After Party

    BeyHive: Beyoncé's diehard fans are members of her Beyhive, which was previously referred to as the Beyontourage. She refers to them as "The Hive," and even launched a website dedicated to them.

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca
  • Lady Gaga Arrives To Screaming Fans In Melbourne

    Little Monsters: By far one of the most visible and devoted fan conglomerates, Lady Gaga's Little Monsters are legendary at this point. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Graham Denholm
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    Juggalos and Juggalettes: Fans of Insane Clown Posse definitely redefine the term "obsession." Being a Juggalo has become its own subculture. It originated back in 1994, and has been a controversial topic since then, as many members of the group participate in gang-related activities. They are also frequently in face paint. In 2009, a documentary about them entitled "A Family Underground" was released.

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  • 'Spring Breakers' Germany Premiere

    Benzoholics: "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson's fans refer to themselves as Benzoholics, which is clearly a play on prescription drug Benzodiazepines, commonly known as Benzos. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Andreas Rentz
  • The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

    Rihanna Navy: An incredibly active force on social media, Rihanna's fan base is known as her "Navy." She frequently hashtags "#RihannaNavy."

    Photo: Getty Images / Christopher Polk
  • Manilow On Broadway Opening Night - Curtain Call

    Fanilows: Come on, you must know someone who loves Barry Manilow. The man behind "Copacabana" has a dedicated group of fans who make it a point to always see his performances, and they're known as Fanilows. There was even a popular episode of "Will & Grace" dedicated to them. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz
  • "VH1 Divas" 2012 - Arrivals

    Glamberts: Adam Lambert may not be an A-list star, but there are plenty of people who love the flamboyant singer, and he deemed them "Glamberts." 

    Photo: Getty Images / Michael Buckner
  • The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

    KatyCats: Katy Perry's fans began referring to themselves as KatyCats soon after she blew up, but the name really took off during her Hello Katy tour in early 2009. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party - Arrivals

    Team Breezy: Although Chris Brown is regularly (and often justifiably) torn up in the press, there's one constant in his life: Team Breezy. With tons of Twitters and Tumblr pages dedicated to being a member of the "team," he doesn't have to look far whenever he wants fan support. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown
  • Brit Awards 2013 - Press Room

    Directioners: Many people love boy bands, but One Direction fans take that obsession to a whole new level. Directioners are known for being utter lunatics, often creating mob scenes at all the boys' shows. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Tim Whitby
  • Selena Gomez News Conference

    Selenators: Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez didn't need to rely on Beliebers—she has her own Selenators, who are obviously not as vocal as her ex's fans, but still quite prominent in the social media realm. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball - Night 2 - Show

    Animals: Inspired by Kesha's album title Animal, her fans have been dubbed Animals, and she frequently addresses them via Twitter and her blog. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Christopher Polk
  • Kmart's Nicki Minaj Collection Private Event

    Barbies: Nicki Minaj has a clear obsession with Barbie, so it's only appropriate that that's what she calls her fans. Girls are referred to as "Barbz," and her gay male fans are called "Ken Barbz." 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • Topshop Topman LA Grand Opening At The Grove

    Lovatics: Demi Lovato has been through some hard times (with rehab and all), but she says her Lovatics got her through it. Lovatics are also incredibly active on social media, and constantly compete as to who is her biggest fan. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • Marc Jacobs Collection - Backstage - Fall 2013

    Smilers: Miley Cyrus' fans are known as Smilers, and the name came to be during her time as "Hannah Montana" on the Disney Channel. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy
  • Brit Awards 2013 - Red Carpet Arrivals

    Swifties: Taylor Swift's fans are known as Swifties, and are always defending their fearless leader. A simple Twitter search reveals that many of them write open letters which they post detailing how they feel she is abused in the media. 

    Photo: Getty Images / Eamonn McCormack
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    Idiots: Since the 2004 release of the album American Idiot, Green Day's fans have been known as Idiots. Their grouping as a whole is known as the "Idiot Nation." 

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    Maggots: Diehard fans of heavy metal band Slipknot are known as Maggots. Not the most flattering term, but then again, this is a band that considers what sounds like banging pots and pans music. 

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    Deadheads: Perhaps one of the original fan groups, the Deadheads were known for following the band Grateful Dead literally everywhere. Although frontman Jerry Garcia passed away, Deadheads still frequently attend shows by surviving members of the band. 

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One of the biggest perks of advancements in social media is that celebrities can now connect with their fans on a much grander scale. Gone are the days of fan mail and waiting outside of a concert hoping to catch a glimpse of a performer. Nowadays you can send them a tweet or write on their Facebook wall, and if you’re lucky, they’ll respond. This has also presented an opportunity for fans to come together and form the 21st century’s answer to fan clubs, and often times the celebrities themselves will christen the group with a name.

Everyone from Lady Gaga (who affectionately dubbed her super fans “Little Monsters”) to controversy magnet Chris Brown (who always has “Team Breezy” defending his every action) has a staunch band of devotees who have used social media to form small subcultures with one another.

We couldn’t help notice the rising trend, so we rounded up 20 of the most active fan bases and their names in the slideshow above.

Click through and let us know which you’re a member of! 

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