You can see it in the way people behave around them—walking on eggshells, tending to their every request, showering them with compliments—celebrities get the divine treatment on the daily.
However, there are a handful who take their supposed higher power status to the next level by literally comparing themselves to a higher power. We'll just let these six do what they do best and do all the talking...
Kanye West – It doesn’t really surprise us that rap’s #1 provocateur Kanye calls himself “God,” but this is as good a place as any to start a list like this.
During his performance at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York, Kanye debuted a new track from his upcoming Yeezus called “I Am A God,” with lyrics like “I just talked to Jesus.”
Kanye’s egoism has become so synonymous with his image that a couple weeks ago, a portrait of Kanye hanging on a cross circulated the Internet, rumored to be the album art of his next album (it’s not, just FYI). There was that portrait of Kanye wearing a crown of thorns on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine that was real, however.
Chris Brown – In his crusade to always play the victim, Chris compared himself and his situation to Jesus’. He uploaded an Instagram of a picture he painted of Christ on a cross with the caption, “Painting the way I feel today.”
Madonna – Her name itself should’ve tipped her haters off. The singer has been subverting religious iconography in her music, her music videos and concerts since she first appeared on the scene.
Jay-Z – Again, it’s all in the name. H.O.V.A. has been comparing himself to a higher being for years with lyrics like “The God MC, me Jay-Hova.”
Nas – In the music video for Nas’ 1999 single “Hate Me Now,” the rapper was on the receiving end of religious controversy for portraying himself as a crucified Jesus figure, carrying and being nailed to a cross. The video even had to begin with a disclaimer for audiences.
John Lennon – John infamously got the world’s most famous boy band the Beatles in hot water when he declared that they were “more popular than Jesus” in 1966. John later clarified his remark, saying all he meant was that the Beatles have more influence on young people than Jesus, that it wasn’t meant to be anti-religious.