Most powerful celebrities: JLo in, Sheen out

Singer Jennifer Lopez, winner of Favorite Latin Artist Award, poses in the press room at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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(MoneyWatch) Jennifer Lopez is the nation's most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of fame and fortune.

A classic turn-around story, JLo embodies the latest trend in fame: You can wield stunning power in Hollywood by having a few million Twitter followers and a well-"liked" Facebook presence. JLo unseated Lady Gaga, who ranks 5th on the list this year, after Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

Other noteworthy changes to the list: British singer Adele lands on the list for the first time at number 24. Ashton Kutcher, who replaced Charlie Sheen on the television series Two and a Half Men, also replaces Sheen on the most-powerful celebrities list. Kutcher ranks 51st on this year's list. Sheen drops off completely.

Other newcomers are the Kardashian sisters (Kim at 7; Khloe at 73); Charlize Theron (75), Sofia Vergara (76), Zooey Deschanel (96) and Melissa McCarthy (99).

For the full list, check out Forbes Celebrity 100.

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