Having a name for a fan base isn't exactly new. Grateful Dead fans have been called Deadheads since at least 1971, when the name was featured on the sleeve of the band's second live album. I previously wrote about other fan names as well, including Fanilows (Barry Manilow), Little Monsters (Lady Gaga), Directioners (One Direction), Beliebers (Justin Bieber), and Juggalo/Juggalettes (Insane Clown Posse).
These days, however, it's almost unusual not to have a name for your fan base. Everyone from Katy Perry to Josh Groban have names for their fans. Here are 15 popular fan base names you should know.
- RihannaNavy: Rihanna's music video for "Cheers (Drink to That)" ends with Rihanna on a boat shouting "Rihanna Navy!" She's also frequently referring to her "navy" on Twitter.
- Lovatics: Demi Lovato fanatics are lovingly referred to as "Lovatics."
- Swifties: Taylor Swift fans are "swifties," derived from her name.
- Smilers: Miley Cyrus fans get a name, too. According to Urban Dictionary, there are two types of Smilers. "Hardcore and Crazy. There is a difference between the two. Hardcores are the ones who really love Miley and support her as she is their idol. Crazy are the ones who are too obsessed." Yep.
- Blockheads: New Kids on the Block fans. This is an entire post about what it means to be a Blockhead.
- Grobanites: Josh Groban's fans have used their name, Grobanites, to launch their own nonprofit organization. Grobanies for Charity works with the singer's Find Your Light Foundation, which focuses on arts education. Pretty cool.
- Barbz/Barbiez: Nicki Minaj's alter ego, The Harajuku Barbie, is the inspriation behind this fan name. Barbiez or Barbz, for short, often get shoutouts from Nicki on Twitter and in interviews. Nicki said, "It's definitely a movement at this point. People really identify with me through that and I definitely don't think that when we say 'Barbie,' we're thinking of the plastic little doll with the blond hair anymore. It's really how we've come to define ourselves, but there's so many surrounding circumstances."
- Katy Cats: Katy Perry has long been associated with cats. She has a cat named Kitty Purry and released fragrances called "Meow!" and "Purr." (Kitty Purry is also Katy's mascot.) It's no surprise, then, that her fans are "Katy Cats." Her official website even gives Katy Cats their own tag.
- Bey Hive: Beyonce fans are known as Bey Hive, a name that caught on following Beyonce's 2006 album B'Day. Fans referred to Beyonce as their "Queen Bey." Bey Hive became the official name of the group in 2011 when when Beyonce acknowledged the fans on her official website (changing their name from Beyontourage). Now, the Bey Hive has its own blog. Beyonce consistently refers to her fans as "The Hive."
- Lambs: Mariah Carey fans are "lambs." In 2012, Mariah Carey announced that February 11 was the official "Lamb Appreciation Day." In a blog post, Mariah's team wrote that 2.11 was chosen because "symbolism that only Mariah fans can understand." The entire network of fans is known as the "Lambily."
- Animals: Ke$ha is known for being wild and crazy, so it's fitting that she'd call her fans "animals." (It's also based on one of her previous singles.)
- Wayniacs: Fans of Lil' Wayne are "Wayniacs." If you're older, then you may have called yourself this name if you're a fan of Wayne Newton. (True story.)
- Selenator: Love Selena Gomez? Then you might be a Selenator.
- Claymates: Although the origin of the term for Clay Aiken's fans is not exactly clear, Clay Aiken has since trademarked the name.
- Glamberts: According to Urban Dictionary, "An Adam Lambert fan. Usually bordering or crossing the line of obsession. Derived from Adam's last name 'Lambert' and made into 'Glambert' because Adam is so glam."
What other music fan base names are there?