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Who's Taking Over The World Next? D-List To A-List — Celebs Who Blew Up in 2018

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Feb. 27 2019, Published 2:45 p.m. ET

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After 2018, you won’t be able to forget these celebs’ names. They arrived, became famous and conquered! Now that they’ve dropped that breakout album or movie they are making sure that you know they’re here to stay. Sure, you may have liked them on your favorite TV show, but now these former D-listers are A-List celebs all the way.

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You might be surprised to know that some of your favorite new stars have been around for awhile steadily working on their careers. Others were somewhat famous but proved that in 2018 they could become bigger and better. After all who wasn't excited to see how Sansa Stark (um … Sophie Turner) has grown from a shy teen into an X-Men bombshell!

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Radar Online has the roundup of 2018’s breakout stars and how they got famous!

Awkwafina

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Where You’ve Seen Her: The Brooklyn rapper had a video that went viral titled “My Vag” in 2012.

Breakout  Moment: Ocean’s 8 saw her almost steal the spotlight and Crazy Rich Asians was another performance where her comedic skills practically made the movie.

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Finn Wolfhard

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Where You’ve Seen Him: Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things

Breakout Moment: The budding young actor now has a SAG Award on his shelf for his role as a loyal and somewhat overly protective best friend.

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Letitia Wright

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Where You’ve Seen Her: Black Panther

Breakout Moment: Her humor gave fans a lot of reasons to love her in Black Panther. In fact, her knack for perfect comedic timing landed her a role in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Yara Shahidi

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Where You’ve Seen Her: Another actress with perfect comedic timing, Shahidi starred on Black-ish for several years as the snarky but “perfect” older sibling.

Breakout Moment: ABC gave the 18-year-old her own spin-off show Grown-ish. Oh, and Shahidi announced that she would attend Harvard showing that she’s a power force of talent, beauty and brains.

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Daniel Kaluuya

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Where You’ve Seen Him: The British actor has been on shows such as Skins and Black Mirror.

Breakout Moment: He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Get Out, then seen in the blockbuster Black Panther and is rumored to be collaborating with Steve McQueen on a film. It’s been a busy year for this actor on the big screen.

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Katherine Langford

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Where You’ve Seen Her: Fans fell for her in the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Breakout Moment: The Australian native appeared on the big screen in Love Simon.

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Zoe Kravitz

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Where You’ve Seen Her: She began with a role in X-Men in 2011. She was the one with butterfly wings ...

Breakout Moment: Lenny Kravitz’s daughter seemed to come into her own with Big Little Lies and Mad Max — both of which were slated for sequels.

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Billie Lourd

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Where You’ve Seen Her: She starred in fan favorites Scream Queens and American Horror Story.

Breakout Moment: It was alongside her mom, the late Carrie Fisher, in Star Wars (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi) that proved that she has the gift.

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Millie Bobby Brown

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Where You’ve Seen Her: You first saw her playing the coolest telekinetic kid ever in Stranger Things.

Breakout Moment: She isn’t old enough to vote, but Brown is proving to be a tour de force both on and off the screen as a face that brands, fans and even Drake just can’t get enough of.

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Rachel Brosnahan

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Where You’ve Seen Her: The horror film The Unborn was one of her first roles in 2009.

Breakout Moment: The actress dominated at the 2018 Golden Globes for her role on Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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Cardi B

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Where You’ve Seen Her: In 2017 she de-throned Taylor Swift with her chart topping “Bodak Yellow.”

Breakout Moment: In 2018 Cardi B really showed what she was made of with three Billboard 100 singles topping the Top 10 charts at the same time. It’s an honor that only three rappers have achieved in history. And that was just the beginning of 2018. Later in the year, the rapper went on to become the first female musician to have 10 singles simultaneously on the Billboard hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Her album Invasion of Privacy was Time magazine’s best album of the year and received the most nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards. Needless to say, 2018 was the year of Cardi B.

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Tessa Thompson

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Where You’ve Seen Her: She played the love interest in Creed.

Breakout Moment: Just about everything the actress touched in 2018 was monumental partially because she has knack for choosing strong female roles. She was in Thor: Ragnarok, Sorry to Bother You and West World.

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Jucie WRLD

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Where You’ve Seen Him: He dropped an EP on Soundcloud in 2017 and subsequently landed a $3 million contract with Interscope. Not bad for a rapper who wasn’t even old enough to drink at the time.

Breakout Moment: His song “Lucid Dreams" was on the Billboard Hot 100 for months. He performed at the VMAs and teamed up with Future on a new project.

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Hayley Kiyoko

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Where You’ve Seen Her: You probably heard her hit song “Girls Like Girls” in 2015.

Breakout Moment: But it wasn’t until her album Expectations that Kiyoko really struck gold with a Coachella debut, a duet with Taylor Swift and a performance at the VMAs.

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Jorga Smith

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Where You’ve Seen Her: Starbucks. That’s right, the sultry songstress was a barista before she debuted her vocal talent on YouTube.

Breakout Moment: Drake reached out to her for two tracks on his record. She then dropped her debut album, embarked on a sold-out tour and even had a few of her songs land on HBO’s Insecure.

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Sophie Turner

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Where You’ve Seen Her: The British actress is known for her role as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones .

Breakout Moment: In 2018 she gave fans a look at a different side of her — starring as Jean Grey in the next batch of X-Men franchises. It’s probably safe to say that she’s only just started a powerhouse career.

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