Every Important Pop Culture Moment Of 2015, From A To Z
Now that 2015 is coming to close, it's time to get nostalgic about the pop culture moments that 2015 has blessed us with. No, it's not too early to get nostalgic about these things — some seriously major moments happened this year! From Justin Bieber's musical comeback to Lady Gaga's venture into acting on American Horror Story: Hotel, the world of pop culture certainly shifted in 2015. That's not even mentioning major TV moments like a certain man's death on Game of Thrones or the reveal of Big A on Pretty Little Liars. If you kept up with all things celebrity and entertainment this year, your head likely spun with the promise of change. Things happened this year in the pop culture sphere that shook everyone across the board — I can't even imagine what 2016 holds if 2015 was this crazy!
Whatever your entertainment obsession is — be it TV, movies, or the members of One Direction's Twitter accounts —there was something for everyone this year. What better way to acknowledge that then by creating a concise, alphabetized list of all of the Very Important Things that happened this year in the pop culture sphere? Here is a list of 26 seriously game-changing things that went down in 2015, because it really was a crazy awesome year for entertainment:
A Is For... Adele's New Album
The world was not ready for Adele to release 25 , an album that can bring even the most stoic person to tears by track three. "Hello," a song about apologizing for the heartbreak Adele caused an ex-lover, inspired many people to text the lyrics to their own ex-boos, to mixed results.
B Is For... Bieber's Comeback
Is it too late now to say sorry? Not for Justin Bieber, who staged a comeback this year after a music hiatus and released his new album Purpose. New singles like "Love Yourself," "Sorry," and "What Do You Mean?" have solidified a whole new crop of Beliebers: ones who likely never thought they'd claim such a title.
C Is For... Charlotte DiLaurentis Is A
Pretty Little Liars fans waited six and a half seasons to find out the identity of Big A, but hardly anyone was expecting this outcome.CeCe Drake was revealed to not only be the brains behind the A operation, but also to be Alison and Jason's older sister — Charlotte DiLaurentis.
D Is For... Divorce
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner called it quits, as did Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie... let's just say that the list goes on and on. Celebrity divorce was trending big time in 2015.
E Is For... Endings
If your DVR looked a little sparse this year, it's because 2015 bid farewell to beloved TV series like Parks and Recreation, Glee, and, of course, Mad Men. We also said goodbye to the Late Show With David Letterman (which was replaced by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, so no one is really complaining) and watched as Jon Stewart gave his final Daily Show report. On the big screen, the world said goodbye to The Hunger Games franchise with Mockingjay, Part 2.
F Is For... Fifty Shades Of Grey
The big screen adaptation of E.L. James' sexy novel became a cultural phenomenon and shattered box office records. Love it or hate it... at least we saw a lot of Jamie Dornan shirtless.
G Is For... Gaga On TV
The world did not know how to handle a season of American Horror Story without Jessica Lange, but thankfully Ryan Murphy did: he hired Lady Gaga to fill her shoes.
H Is For... Heroes
Netflix gave us two series about the defenders of Hell's Kitchen this year: Jessica Jones and Daredevil. Fans freaked out at the expansion of the Marvel universe, which also included sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron this year.
I Is For... The Interview
After a hacker threatened violence should the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy be released in theaters due to its subject matter (the film was about two journalists trying to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un), the film was streamed on Netflix instead.
J Is For... Jamie Lee-Curtis On Scream Queens
The original scream queen headed to television this year for Fox's horror-comedy and stole the show from a cast full of 20-somethings. Here's hoping that we get more of Dean Munsch in a Season 2.
K Is For... Kylie Jenner
This was also the year that the youngest Jenner went from being just another sibling of Kim Kardashian to launching her own media takeover. The world couldn't get enough of Jenner's Instagrams, her make-up tricks, or her on-again off-again relationship with Tyga. Jenner has successfully created her own brand of celebrity, and she just turned 18.
L Is For... LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf did the most Shia LaBeouf thing ever this year: he held a Shia LaBeouf movie marathon at the Angelika Film Center in New York, and invited fans to join him for three days of film viewing. If you couldn't make it to the theater, you could stream LaBeouf watching LaBeouf on the Internet. His reactions made amazing memes.
M Is For... Madonna Making Out With Drake
In April, Madonna made a cameo during Drake's Coachella performance, which included her making out with the seemingly surprised rapper. Drake looked disgusted, but he insisted it was just because her lip gloss was sticky.
N Is For... North West's Brother
No it's not South West — it's Saint West! The end of the year introduced the world to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's newest baby.
O Is For... Original Programming On Netflix
The world was charmed by Tina Fey's new comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and then terrified by cartel series Narcos. Everyone with a Netflix account is also still reeling over Beasts of No Nation, which made headlines as Netflix's first original movie.
P Is For... Princess Charlotte
Q Is For... Questioning Absolutely Everything
RIP, Jon Snow... or not? This year, character deaths on TV shows just didn't seem to stick. Glenn didn't actually bite the bullet on The Walking Dead , Mona was alive this entire time on Pretty Little Liars , and Jon Snow is on the Game Of Thrones posters for Season 6. What gives, TV?
R Is For... Reboots
The year 2015 was the one where the world proved that it wanted to go back to living in the past. From the announcement that there would be a Netflix reboot of Full House to the news that a new Hey Arnold movie is coming to Nickelodeon, everything old (aka from the '90s) is becoming new again.
S Is For... Schumer Taking Over The Planet
Season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer was her funniest (and most feminist) season yet, and Schumer's big screen debut Trainwreck paved the way for more female-centric comedies. Schumer really deserves that glass of wine.
T Is For... Taraji P. Henson And The Rest Of Empire
We should all bow down to Cookie, but more importantly we should bow down to a show that is able to keep us hooked on its soapy storylines while still cranking out original, fantastic musical numbers.
U Is For... UnReal
A Lifetime show making this list? Yep — and it's no surprise if you tuned in to the magical series that was UnReal. This dark take on what happens behind the scenes at a Bachelor-esque dating competition will make you watch the ABC show very differently.
V Is For... Vanity Fair Honoring Caitlyn Jenner
Jenner came out as a trans woman in a very public way: by covering Vanity Fair and sharing her story. She has since become an advocate for the transgender community and uses her reality show I Am Cait to highlight the issues facing the trans community.
W Is For... Women Of Color Finally Being Recognized
Both Viola Davis and Regina King took home Emmys this year — in fact, Davis the first black woman to take home the Outstanding Actress Emmy ever. That's an incredible achievement (and well deserved, as anyone who watches her on How To Get Away With Murder can attest to), but also one that is waaaay too long overdue.
X Is For... X-Tra Large Girl Squads
Taylor Swift redefined "besties" when she included (almost) all of her celeb BFFs in her video for "Bad Blood." (How do I get in on this group?)
Y Is For... YA Novels On The Big Screen
Following in the footsteps of The Fault In Our Stars was that other John Green adaptation Paper Towns, which just so happened to star ultimate It Girl Cara Delevingne. Amongst other things, the movie solidified Delevingne as a legitimate star in the making.
Z Is For... Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction
One Direction fans were shocked when Malik ditched the boy band that gave him his career to go and make what he called "real music." (Umm, ouch?) I'm still not sure we're getting the whole story about this, but hey, you do you, Z.
There are so many more moments that made up pop culture in 2015, but these certainly paint a picture of what this year brought us. Now onto 2016 to see what the new year has in store for our favorite celebrities, TV shows, and movies. Get hyped!
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