The biggest breakout stars of 2015

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The biggest breakout stars of 2015

Jussie Smollett... is there anything better than the "Empire" star? Prior to joining the hit Fox show Smollett was a relative unknown, but a star has been born with Smollett playing the smooth-talking, sweet and insanely talented singer Jamal Lyon. The star, who came out as gay this year, is definitely going to be a massive icon -- and dare we say, might even pass up Terrence Howard someday. 

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Wagner Moura's rise to fame as drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Netflix's "Narcos," is almost as impressive as his alter-ego's drug ring. The Brazilian-born actor learned Spanish in a pinch in order to play the horrifying, real-life villain and his performance, with piercing stares and menacing moments make him one of the best characters on TV right now. 

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Dakota Johnson turned heads in 2015 as the sweet and innocent girl-turned-sex maven Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey" this year -- and permanently cemented her status as a breakout star. The daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson certainly has star power and with two more "Fifty" films coming out in 2017 and 2018, she'll definitely be around for a very long time.

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Tori Kelly snagged Billboard Women in Music's Breakthrough Award and we can see why. The 23-year-old singing sensation came out swinging in 2015 with two Top 100 hits "Should've Been Us" and "Nobody Love" and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.  Her sweet demeanor and pop tunes are infectious and will very likely lead to an incredible career for the young star. 

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Emily Ratajkowski may have started out as the "hot girl" in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, but she's far surpassed her music video days. The 24-year-old star snagged roles in "Entourage" and "We Are Your Friends" in 2015 and remains as one of the most beautiful women in the business. 

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Maddie & Tae kicked off their country music career with this hit "Girl in a Country Song" and have continued to ride to the top with their catchy and fun tunes. The duo scored a CMA Award for Music Video of the Year in 2015 and their new album "Start Here" is already soaring to the top of the country charts.

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From a sexy supermodel to an actress's steamy "Fifty Shades of Gray" performance, it's safe to say that some notable stars left a lasting impression on everyone in 2015.

Jussie Smollett won over America's hearts with his incredible vocal pipes in hit show "Empire," while Scott Eastwood fulfilled all our "Wildest Dreams."

Dakota Johnson had every woman in America go green with envy over her sexy on-screen love affair with "Fifty Shades of Grey" co-star Jamie Dornan. And then there's Ruby Rose -- what don't we love about the "Orange Is the New Black" actress?

Check out the biggest names who made an even bigger mark in Hollywood this year in the slideshow above!

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