Selena Gomez Vs. Ariana Grande – Who is More Popular

Selena Gomez Vs. Ariana Grande - Who is More Popular
Photo: Selena/Ariana Instagram
Photo: Selena/Ariana Instagram

Over time, you must have experienced seeing a star actor or actress make a crossover from the screens and land on the music scene, popping songs out like they’ve been at it all their lives. Today, we are here with two of the industry’s multi-talented entertainers, both of whom have done great on both stages of entertainment – as screen idols and as music stars. Say hello to Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande!

They say where words fail, music speaks. and when it comes to speaking through music, it is safe to say Selena and Ariana are both queens of the art. It’s no surprise that both artists are among the most popular and revered multi-talented music artists. Even more, Ariana and Gomez are both top-selling artists, having recorded huge sales. This, no doubt shows how relevant and influential they are.

For female artists of their caliber, it is not unusual for Ariana and Gomez to have the large rate of social media following that they have. Now, if you are to choose, you could have your all-time favorite between both artists. However, let’s think about it, who is more popular, Selena or Ariana? You don’t have to answer just yet. Now, let’s take a quick look at their social media stats, record sales, and all-around performances in their separate careers.

Social Media Stats

You would agree that Instagram is the best engagement platform for celebrities, influencers, and business people in general. So, let’s peek in at their Instagram fanbase. Here, both Ariana and Selena are at each other’s heels as there is only a tiny bit of difference between their fanbase on Instagram. You can say there’s no difference because they both have over 260 million followers here. Yeah! We have a tie.

Well, we have a different record on YouTube Music where there is a large margin between their subscribers’ lists. While Ariana Grande ranks way up at No. 5 on YouTube Music’s most subscribed artists, Selena Gomez comes far below at No. 23, as Ariana leads with over 20 million subscribers.

Record Sales

Both artists, Selena and Ariana are worth millions of dollars, although Selena still has less than 100 million dollars, Ariana leads with almost 200 million dollars. For women who are still under 30, this is not just an impressive feat but a groundbreaking one. However, it’s important to note here that Ariana is worth much more than Selena. So, what are their record sales like? Let’s see.


Coupled with her multiple RIAA certifications, Selena Gomez has sold over 7 million albums worldwide. In fact, her third and latest No. 1 Billboard album, Rare made about 215,000 in sales. She has also sold about 22 million singles globally as of 2015.


With more than 75 million records sold worldwide, Ariana also has five big RIAA platinum-certified albums in her name! Also, the ‘Positions’ star singer is one of Spotify’s most-streamed female artists.

Awards and Nominations

Out of 356 nominations, Selena Gomez has made over 120 wins including 13 Guinness World Records, 11 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and 7 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, among other notable awards.

On the other hand, Ariana Grande on her part has won 173 awards among 477 nominations. She is a two-time Grammy Awardee with 20 Guinness World Records, 3 American Music Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards among others.

Who is more popular?

Either way, it depends on the way you see it. Remember, both artists are masters in their game and are well known for what they do. The fact that one artist is richer or more popular than the other on social media, doesn’t mean the other is less popular. As award-winning artists, both Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande deserve the global recognition and accolades that they have for giving their best to the world through music. However, from the stats and record that we have, you can say Ariana wins this round as the more popular artist between both singers.