By Lizzy Buczak

A lot happened this year in the pop culture.

We’ve narrowed it down to some of the biggest moments – bad, good and ugly.

Check them out below:


1. Kanye West’s Hospitalization

Kanye West had been unraveling all year and it finally came to an abrupt halt when he canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour after going on a rant bashing Jay-Z and Beyonce. He was committed for exhaustion and spent roughly 2 weeks recovering.


2. Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance

Beyonce played the Super Bowl this year but never everyone was pleased. Some called it racially charged and an attack on police. It was also the kickoff to her Formation World Tour, which supported her visual album Lemonade. And really, anything Bey did this year was memorable, so there’s that.



3. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar Win

It finally happened, after 27 years on the big screen and six nominations! The world and Leo could not be happier when he won for his performance as Hugh Glass in The Revenant. 



4. Pokemon Go’s Reign

It was a summer affair for the whole world. Anywhere you went, people were walking around with their phone hunting down Pokemon. The craze has calmed down now but it was really intense. And hey, it got kids outside, which isn’t a bad thing right?


5. #KimExposedTaylor Party

Kim Kardashian started major beef with Taylor Swift when she called her out for lying about not knowing about Kanye’s controversial “Famous” lyric. The hate turned from Kim and Kanye to innocent Taylor, who was kind of caught red-handed.


6. Kim Kardashian’s Paris Robbery

Kim’s year took a pretty dark turn when she was held robbed at gunpoint in Paris.


7. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian’s Pregnancy

Rob Kardashian emerged from hiding thanks to his romance with Blac Chyna. Everyone thought it was pretty controversial considering Blac is Tyga’s ex and he’s dating Rob’s half sister Kylie. But in the end, they all became one happy family when Blac got pregnant with Rob’s first child Dream Kardashian.


8. The Mannequin Challenge

Everyone began joining the Mannequin Challenge, which basically required you to stand completely frozen while Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” played in the background.


9. Taylor Swift’s Break Up With Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston

There was a lot of heartbreak in Taylor Swift’s life. She broke up with Calvin Harris and then began dating Tom Hiddleston right after. Their romance was short lived however and fans were disappointed when both breakups didn’t lead to a new album.


10. The Nostalgic Return of Gilmore Girls

The world waited patiently for the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, which premiered on Black Friday. Nostalgia was at an all time high as we all returned to Stars Hollow for a day of binge-watching.


11. Glee’s Puck Arrested and Charged for Child Porn

Not much to say really, Mark Salling is a pig who was arrested for child porn. Career = over.


11. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s Ugly Divorce

Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of domestic assault and took out a restraining order. She then refused to press charges and dropped her request for spousal support. We’ll never know the truth, but their divorce was settled, which is for the best.


12. Dr. Luke and Kesha’s Never Ending Battle in Court

Kesha’s court battle with Dr. Luke did not come to an end, but it did get ugly. Basically, she said he sexually assaulted her, he denied it, the judge said she couldn’t get out of her contract with him and she’s still in court dealing with it.


13. Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama’s Break Up

Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama called it quits after 6 years because they realized they’re just “best friends.”


14. Zayn’s Solo Album

After leaving One Direction, Zayn was finally able to showcase his style of music on his first solo album Mind of MineAnd he revealed her had a eating disorder while in the boyband.


16. Justin Bieber Punched a Fan in the Face

It’s been a tough year for the Biebs from canceling meet and greets, to telling fans that they need to listen when he speaks to actually hitting a fan who got a little hands-y in the face.


17. Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Split

The singer and the Chicago Fire actor broke off their engagement and said they were “taking a break.”


18. Everything Hamilton

Everyone became obsessed with musicals, one musical in general Hamilton. After the curtain closed in New York, the hype came to Chicago!


19. Ryan Lochte’s Rio Scandal aka #LochteGate

Ryan Lochte embarrassed himself during the Rio Olympics when he lied about getting held at gunpoint and robbed in order to cover up a brawl at a gas station. He went on to compete in DWTS so I guess America wasn’t that mad at him!


19. The Heartbreaking Death of Harry Potter’s “Professor Snape”

One of the most heartbreaking things to happen this year (and there were a lot) was the passing of Alan Rickman who played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. He died at the age of 69 after battling cancer.


20. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Engaged Again

Two years after calling off their engagement, Miley and Liam were back on and she was wearing the ring he gave her again. They’ve been going strong ever since and Miley’s wild side has been tamed a bit.


21. Louis Tomlinson’s Road to Fatherhood

While on a break from One Direction, Louis Tomlinson and his friend Briana Jungwirth welcomed a baby together. Things got a bit messy with the baby momma and his new girlfriend Danielle Campbell, but it seems like everything worked out for the best!


22. The Cubs Won The World Series

After a 108-year drought, the CUBS won the fricking World Series. Chicago and Cubs fans collectively lost it and set the record for the 7th largest gathering of people at the rally/parade!


23. Britney and Justin Talk About WORKING TOGETHER

Exes Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake both acknowledged that they’d like to work on music together and fans freaked out. Is this real life? Hopefully it happens in 2017!


24. Mariah Carey’s Short Lived Engagement

In January, Mariah Carey announced that she was engaged to billionaire James Packer. In October, they announced that the engagement was off and soon after, Mariah was rumored to be dating her backup dancer, who Packer was reportedly jealous of.


25. Zac Efron and Simone Biles Olympics Love Affair

Zac Efron and Simone Biles are the cutest couple, even though they aren’t dating. Efron surprised superfan Biles while she was competing in Rio and the pictures are seriously THE CUTEST!


26. The 8th Harry Potter Book

J.K Rowling gifted fans with the 8th Harry Potter book, although it was really a play. Fans went wild for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child proving that Potter-mania was far from over and they still loved Harry, even as an adult.


27. Justin Bieber’s Naked Escapades

2016 was the year of Justin Bieber being naked and literally baring it all for cameras to see. Here’s a link! Here’s one more because duh!


28. Ciara and Russell Wilson Wedding, Pregnancy Announcement

Ciara and Russell Wilson waited to have sex until marriage. When they finally got married, they weren’t secretive about what they were going to do (over and over again). So when Ciara announced she was pregnant a few months later, no one was really surprised.


29. Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Cheating Scandal

Iggy Azalea called off her engagement with Nick Young after he cheated and got his ex-girlfriend pregnant. Low blow right? Soon after, she began dating French Montana (we think) and really, that’s where that ended.


30. Carol Brady Passed Away at 82

Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, passed away suddenly at the age of 82 from heart failure, just a few days after cheering on Maureen McCormick on DWTS.


31. Liam Payne Is The Second 1D Member To Become a Dad

Or soon to be dad. It hasn’t been confirmed, but Liam stepped out with his pregnant GF Cheryl so I guess that puts the rumors to rest. Maybe he can exchange parenting tips with his mate Louis?


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