2019: The Biggest Pop Culture Moments Of The Year

Monday, December 23, 2019

We hate to sound like ‘proper’ adults, but this year has flown by. With 2019 (and the decade) coming to a close, it seems like the right time to reflect on a whirlwind of a year. Just when you thought memes couldn’t get any funnier, celebrities couldn’t get any more surprising and entertainment couldn’t get any bigger, 2019 came along. If you’re sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin…



Being the most hated month can’t be fun, so January 2019 decided to throw us a few surprises. Pastry connoisseurs Greg’s kicked off the year with a vegan sausage roll (which we happily reviewed here). Following on with food theme, an egg went on to break the internet, beating Kylie Jenner’s most-liked post on Instagram. We all tried to set our own new records with the 10-year picture challenge but ended up being more horrified after watching the Fyre Festival documentary on Netflix. If you know, you know.



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my album ’thank u, next’ is out now 🖤

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After dropping smash-hit ‘Thank U, Next’ at the end of 2018, Ariana Grande’s eagerly awaited album dropped providing us with all the sass and confidence we needed to get through February. Khloe Kardashian channelled some of Ariana’s girl power by breaking up with boyfriend Tristan for good following a cheating scandal that rocked the world. Well, the Kardishian-Jenner world at least.



In March we were treated to the reunion we’ve been waiting for since our teenage years… The Jonas Brothers reformed and promised us a tour *swoon*. Brie Larson showed us that girls really do run the world in her performance of Captain Marvel in the blockbuster film. It also happens to be the first female-led superhero movie to hit the 1billion dollar mark. *fist pump*.



Beyoncé. Coachella. Homecoming. Beychella. Netflix. Enough said.



The world stopped for just a moment when the 7thin line to the throne was born. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed a baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world and we all fell in love. And wanted to be BFFs with Meghan even more. We’re free if you need a babysitter, Megs! No sooner had our hearts been filled with love, they shattered again as Game of Thrones finally game to an end. Whether you were happy with the finale is another battle…



We hate to see celebrities feuding (please make up soon Kylie and Jordan), so imagine our delight when, after 5 years (!!), Katy Perry and Taylor Swift finally kissed and made up. And in true style, they announced their reunion via Taylor’s music video, while dressed up as a burger and fries. Standard. Stormzy made history at Glastonbury in June by being the first British black solo male musician to headline with his iconic performance. It was almost overshadowed by Alex Mann, who ended up being an internet sensation by joining rapper Dave on stage and completely acing the rap on the song Thiago Silva.



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In July we finally got the release of the live-action remake of The Lion King, featuring Beyoncé and Childish Gambino, and because she’s Beyoncé she treated us to a brand-new soundtrack album. It was the month of female empowerment as the US women’s football team won the World Cup. We didn’t do too badly either, coming 4thplace after making it to the semi-finals, successfully matching the efforts of the male world cup team the previous year.




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We think we speak for everyone when we say we were devastated when high-school sweethearts, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announced their divorce. Having only been married for 8 months, but together for 11 years, they called time via social media and the world wept. The only positive? Liam is back on the market, ladies.



It feels that Fashion Week has dropped off everybody’s radar more and more during the past few years, so to really grab everyone’s attention again Versace pulled out the big guns. Cut to J-Lo wearing that dress and storming the Milan catwalk. We adore. J-Lo kept our attention when the stripper-based movie, Hustlers, was released, leaving us in awe of not only Jenny from the Block’s body at 50 years old, but that pole dance scene. Not one to be outdone, Rihanna got people talking with her Savage x Fenty lingerie show which embraced and celebrated diversity – the reason the Victoria’s Secret show has come to an end perhaps?



A non-Kardashian finally broke the internet in October when beloved Jennifer Anniston finally joined Instagram. Her first snap was a picture of the entire Friends cast, sparking rumours of a reunion, which we’re all ready for. Kylie Jenner attempted to win back her Instagram crown after a video of her singing ‘rise and shine’ to her daughter Stormy got turned into a viral meme. Oh internet, we do love you. The Joker was released in cinemas, leaving opinions divided on whether it was good, bad or downright crazy. We’re still unsure, but we do know we don’t trust clowns…



Another cinematic spectacle stole the show by November. Frozen 2 was finally released after a 6-year wait hitting the $1 billion mark at the Box Office. Despite loads of new songs to learn, we still can’t get enough of ‘Let It Go’ after all this time… Speaking of singers, Billie Eillish made Grammy history by being the youngest musician to bag 4 of the biggest nominations you can get: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.



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Drawing the year to a close, we’ve been treated to a new album from Harry Styles *screams* after years of him gracing red carpets looking broody.

See you in 2020!