and Nick Cannon
have had a busy year, mostly because they welcomed twins in April 2011. In addition to celebrating their babies' first birthdays, they can now also enjoy a sweet spot on Zimbio's 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples list. The pair were ranked 11th this year! NIck Cannon & Mariah Carey (Pacific Coast News)
How'd they do it? Well, the kids didn't hurt. The new additions boosted their Staying Power and Popularity scores. And while Ms. Carey is just getting back into music after becoming a mom (she performed for the first time in ages in March), her man had to take a step back from his career in light of recent health problems. Still, success and good press boosted them into the top 15.
Was the couple in good company? Of course! Coming in first on the list were Beyonce and Jay-Z, while in the second spot is Brangelina. Brad and Angelina sent us scrambling to check our math when they confirmed news they were planning to get hitched. They've been together for seven years and they're raising six kids together, so they already scored high in Staying Power. These two also remain the most-admired Hollywood power couple year after year, carving out time for worthwhile causes and masterfully avoiding overexposure.
All that and Angelina still rules the red carpet. Who could forget her Oscar dress this year? With Brad nominated for two awards, Angie ruled the Academy's pre-show in a dress with a slit up to there
. We can't wait to see what she wears to the wedding!
Rounding out the lower end of the list was Snooki and her baby daddy/fiance Jionni LaValle.
Snooki and Jionni's engagement/baby announcement set jaws to dropping and eyes to rolling, but the news gave them just the juice they needed to crack this year's list. Haters can hate, but the pint-sized Jersey Shore
star claims she'll be a fantastic mother, and she's already threatened the life
of anyone who tries to mess with her little meatball. The baby is definitely on the way, but will LaValle be around when the time comes?
For those curious about our process of ranking these couples, this year we've refined our definition of "hotness" to rank 100 celebrity couples using the following criteria: Staying Power, Popularity, Success, and Attractiveness. The resulting list includes hot pairings made up of models, singers, actors, ex-wrestlers, reality stars, and more. While the hottest couple of them all, Beyonce and Jay-Z, has been on our list for four years now, 24 of these famous duos also made their debut. Check out the entire feature here.