A Month-By-Month 2016 Pop Culture Plan, From The Golden Globes To 'Game Of Thrones'
2015, according to most, was one helluva year in pop culture: Amy Schumer kicked Hollywood's butt, Jennifer Lawrence continued to trip over things, and Taylor Swift's squad totally took over, proving once again that it's Taylor's world and we're all just living in it. It was a year that bore witness to the release of Adele's 25, the debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the reveal of "A" on Pretty Little Liars, and the birth of everyone's favorite new Kardashian, Saint West. But what about 2016? What's going to happen in the new year, and how can it possibly live up to the pop culture events of 2015?
It's not too early to wonder; if you haven't looked at your phone recently, it's already late December — time to start mentally preparing to write out 2016 instead of 2015 in all your notes. Part of getting into the 2016 mentality is planning out the calendar year, rounding out your routine events with the best our culture has to offer, meaning: high-quality entertainment you can (mostly) experience virtually from your laptop. Because believe me, there are plenty of pop culture-centric events to occupy you over the next 12 months. Here's what to know:
January: Jane Lynch Hosts The People's Choice Awards, Ricky Gervais Takes Over The Golden Globes, & Every Celeb Ever Heads To The Sundance Film Festival
Set your first major DVR recording of the year for Wed., Jan. 6, when the inimitable Jane Lynch is set to host the People's Choice Awards live from LA's Nokia Theatre at 9 p.m. on CBS. Then, if you're at all into television or film (and who isn't?), you'll want to watch the 73rd Golden Globe Awards live on Sun., Jan. 10. Hosted by Ricky Gervais for the third time, this year's ceremony will bestow the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award to Denzel Washington.
Later, if you have some time and cash to spare for 10 days starting on Jan. 21, the legendary Sundance Film Festival in Utah is a go-to for all things filmmaking. In addition to playing host to most celebrities you'll ever see at once, the festival has premiered some of the biggest independent movies to date.
February: Chris Rock Leads The Oscars, All Your Favorite Brits Head To The BAFTAs, & Adele (Probably) Wins All The Grammys
If you find yourself without a partner on Valentine's Day, the BAFTAs will be a perfect date. While nominees for the British equivalent to the Oscars haven't been announced yet, this is a must-see event for any hardcore film buff. Then, if you need a cure to your chocolate hearts hangover, look no further than the 2016 Grammy Awards, which will air live the next day, on CBS at 8 p.m.
Of course, no February calendar would be complete without the Academy Awards (hosted by Chris Rock), which you can catch on Sunday, Feb. 28. Will Spotlight or Carol win Oscar gold? You'll have to tune in to find out.
March: The Tech World Runs To SXSW & Empire's Cookie Lyons Slowly Claws Her Way Back to the Top
If you appreciate a good action star and/or tech CEO and/or rockstar, you'll love Austin's South by Southwest festival, which features film, music and "interactive" components from March 11-20. And, if you're one of the gazillion people who've fallen in love with Empire, be sure to turn in March 30 at 9 p.m. when the series returns from a four-month hiatus.
April: The Masses Descend Upon Coachella & Jon Snow Finally Makes His Return On Game Of Thrones
Should you have any interest in the musical stylings of The Weeknd, Drake and St. Vincent (and don't we all?) Coachella will be held in Indio, California over the course of two identical weekends on April 10 – 12 and April 17 – 19. If you'd prefer to stay by your couch this month, it's no secret that Game of Thrones will be returning for Season 6 in April, nor that Jon Snow will be resurrected. The only question remaining is how. Watch live or risk constant spoilers the next day.
May: Every Actor Heads To Cannes & Justin Bieber Probably Performs Live
Even if you miss the invite to jet over to St. Tropez, be sure to check out the goings-on at the annual Cannes Film Festival, will be take place in its namesake French city from May 11-22. Likewise, if you're into Top 40 music, the Billboard Music Awards is a safe bet each year for the best in live performances, even if the awards handed out aren't as prestigious as say, the Grammys.
June: The Inmates Of OITNB Return & Bonnaroo Single-Handedly Increases the Population of Tennessee
Like live music? Don't mind a little dust or some minor sunburns? Welcome to Bonnaroo! While this year's lineup hasn't been announced, past festivals have seen dozens of talented artists make the pilgrimage to Tennessee to perform at the concert Rolling Stone deemed "reliably the most eclectic of all of America's mega-festivals."
If you aren't into music or sunshine, there's always prison. The ladies of Litchfield on OITNB will most likely make their triumphant return to the small screen (by which I mean, your laptop) sometime in mid-June, based on the premiere dates of the past three seasons.
July: The ESPYs Honor The Best In Sports & Ghostbusters Hits Theaters
You might only know the ESPYs because of Caitlyn Jenner, but ESPN's annual awards show is great entertainment even if you aren't into sports. And if you don't believe me, just watch Drake (who hosted last year) recite the creepy poem he wrote for basketball star Skylar Diggins.
And then, of course, there's the release of Ghostbusters, the female-led reboot everyone's been waiting for. Who's excited?!
August: Celebs Go Crazy At The MTV Movie Awards & Suicide Squad Finally Arrives
You might feel like you're outgrowing MTV with each passing year, but just wait until some celeb pulls the equivalent of what Miley did in 2013 and tell me you won't have the worst FOMO ever. Just do yourself a solid and watch it. The show will air live on Sun., Aug. 28. Earlier in the month, there's the release of Suicide Squad , what may be the most star-studded superhero movie yet.
September: Game Of Thrones Likely Nabs All The Awards & Indie Darlings Head To The Toronto International Film Festival
Television addicts wouldn't miss the Emmys for the world, and spoiler alert: you'll be seeing a lot of GoT star Peter Dinklage, who's always an awards favorite. Then there's the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a must-see for the serious film buff, which will run from Sept. 8-18.
October: Austin Gets Hit With Its City Limits Festival & Channing Tatum Stars In Gambit
While there's a chance you might not have heard of the Austin City Limits Festival, this event has grown in recent years to cover two weekends of packed all-star lineups, from The Strokes to Deadmau5. Wanna beat the post-summer blues? Here's your best bet. Or you could just stay home and see Gambit, starring Channing Tatum as the comic character.
November: The AMAs Are Bound To Be Wild & Fantastic Beasts Take Over The World
You can hate on the American Music Awards all you want, but they're bound to be fun; remember Meghan Trainor making out with Charlie Puth onstage at this year's show? But more importantly, November brings the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff film we've all been waiting for.
December: The Victoria's Secret Inspires Major Envy & Star Wars Makes Its Return
Now that Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are part of the show, you can bet your bottom dollar Victoria's Secret will be shaking it up again next year for the annual CBS special. If that's not your thing? There's Rogue One, the next Star Wars movie in the franchise (yes, already). Get ready, guys: this is gonna be big.
Got all that? Start planning now, because 2016 is gonna be packed with events.
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