Take A Look Back At 2019 With These Top 19 Moments In Pop Culture
The end of the year is quickly approaching — which means that, yes, it’s officially time to look back at all the best moments from 2019! From the most meme-worthy events in pop culture to some jaw-dropping moments in entertainment, there’s really no denying that the past year has been a wild ride from start to finish. Like, for example, who would’ve thought that 2019 would see the golden age of Keanu Reeves, or an end to the bad blood between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B? Or did anyone actually see that Game of Thrones finale coming, or even the huge success of the more recent Joker movie?
Whether you were horrified watching the first nightmare-inducing trailer for the Cats movie or freaking out over Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s steamy performance of “Shallow” at the Oscars, one thing’s for sure — and it’s that the year 2019 was never boring. I mean, some of these unforgettable moments certainly even deserve a spot in the best events of the entire past decade — after all, they just might be the last things we remember before the new ’20s decade officially kicks in!
But before preparing ourselves for what the new year (and the new decade!) might have in store, here’s a look at 19 of the greatest moments from 2019 that defined everything in this year’s pop culture and entertainment.
The #TenYearChallenge Goes Viral
It was the first viral internet challenge of 2019: post two photos of yourself side by side, one from 10 years ago and one from now. Plenty of celebs got in on the social media challenge, with some of them proving that they reallydon’t age, like, at all (we’re looking at you, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest).
The Fyre Festival Goes Down in Flames
This disaster of a “festival” actually happened in 2018, but it really wasn’t until early this year that it truly fell on the world’s radar, thanks to the release of the shocking documentaries from Hulu and Netflix that revealed all the secrets from this fraudulent music festival event that never actually happened.
The College Admissions Scandal Blows Up
The Full House actress Lori Laughlin faced immense backlash when it was revealed back in March that she — along with 50 others — was involved in a massive college admissions cheating scandal in which she allegedly used bribery and fraud to secure university admission for her children. Now, she’s apparently busy trying to get her name cleared after pleading “not guilty” to the charges.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Get Engaged
It was a match made in heaven with this superstar and former New York Yankee player — especially when the couple announced they were engaged in March with possibly the sweetest proposal pics we’ve ever seen.
The First Image of a Black Hole
Prior to this year, no one could even conceive of what a black hole might look like — until in April, when we got our first glimpse of the most mysterious spectacle in the universe, and then, naturally, the internet did what it does best with a cool piece of news: make a whole bunch of memes about it, of course.
Brazil’s Museu Nacional Was Destroyed by a Tragic Fire
After it closed for the night on Sunday, a devastating fire engulfed Rio de Janeiro’s Museu Nacional, the country’s oldest and most significant scientific institution. It’s believed that much of the museum’s 20 million artifacts have been destroyed, including Luzia, one of the oldest human fossils from South America.
Latinx Is Now Part of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Latinx – the gender-neutral alternative to Latino and Latina – may not be accepted by the Real Academia Española, but Merriam-Webster has added it to its dictionary.
Reggaetón Stars Converge On Puerto Rico to Join Pro-Democracy Protests
Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Residente: they all traveled to Puerto Rico to join the island’s growing movement against then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló. He was forced from office after incriminating texts were leaked that showed him and other officials engaging in homophobic conversations and making fun of Hurricane Maria victims.
Snapchat Releases Its Baby Face Filter
Strangely enough, it was just what we needed this past May when Snapchat released a charming new filter that transformed users’ faces into little babies — and unsurprisingly, it instantly went viral with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian trying the new filter out to hilarious (and adorable) results.
The Year Of The Squad Commences
It began with an Instagram post in October of last year: a picture of then Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) seated together and a one-word caption: “Squad.”
On Jan. 3, Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in as the youngest woman in history to be elected to Congress, and her “squad” took their oaths beside her. The freshman members made the 116th Congress the most diverse class yet — not just racially, but generationally, with a record number of women.
“Old Town Road” Breaks Chart Records
With the unstoppable viral smash that is “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X made history with this country-rap hybrid song that became the longest-running No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with a total of 19 consecutive weeks at the top spot — and plenty of remixes and memes that helped it reach its now-iconic status.
Bad Bunny Begins His Worldwide Takeover With Release Of “OASIS”
When Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known by his stage name of Bad Bunny, released his debut album, “X 100pre,” last Christmas Eve, he was only setting the stage for maybe the biggest year of his young career.
Baby Yoda Gives The Internet Baby Fever … And Disney A New Star
It doesn’t talk. It doesn’t have a name, at least not really. But in the span of just a few weeks, Baby Yoda has become one of pop culture’s biggest stars.
Jennifer Lopez Reprises Her Versace Green Dress
The only thing that could ever top JLo wearing that famous green dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards? JLo wearing it again, at a fashion show in 2019! The star made a surprise appearance at the Spring 2020 Versace fashion show in September, strutting down the runway wearing an updated version of the now-iconic green dress.
The End of “Game of Thrones”
Ah, the hype, the anxiety, the ultimate disappointment! When HBO’s Game of Thrones came to a conclusion in its eighth and final season earlier this year, fans were not happy with the show’s finale — or with the entire last season, as a matter of fact (there was no shortage of mistakenly-placed coffee cups, apparently).
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins the World Cup
Sports fan or not, none of us can forget when the U.S. Women’s soccer team made history at this year’s World Cup in France with a well-earned victory over the Netherlands. Though it was their fourth national win overall, the moment was still a huge deal for women in sports — especially with the team’s ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination
Latin Pop Culture and Music Take Over The Globe
Latin music has been a big part of the music industry in the United States for the past few years, but it has been overlooked because of the popularity of American artists. Now, Latin artists are getting the recognition that fans across America have been asking for.
From charts on Billboard to Latin categories on award shows, artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ozuna, Anitta and Becky G have recently been hitting the mainstream music industry.