I have good news, and I have great news. Not only is today Friday, but it's officially the last Friday of 2016. Go ahead and celebrate, you deserve it! From the Olympics and the election, to the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix and Hamilton on Broadway, you've just about made it through one whirlwind of a year.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We've still got to get through the very last Bustle Huddle of 2016 and New Year's Eve. Speaking of which, here are some last-minute NYE party ideas — you know, if you're not the planning type. OK, let's get to it. Here's what Bustle's editors were talking about today. And see you in 2017!
Drake + J. Lo
Yes, Drake and Jennifer Lopez are in the news *again* this week. This time they were caught kissing and dancing at a prom-themed party. There's still no official word on whether the two are truly dating, but this latest "evidence" has people doubting the validity of an actual relationship. Why? For starters, Jennifer Lopez appears to change outfits during the party. Then, at the end of the party, friend Leah Remini posted a photo to Instagram with the caption, "It's a wrap. My honey had one too many tonight. Time to take him home. Nighty night." Now, "It's a wrap" could mean more than one thing... but it could also mean that the two musicians were shooting a music video. Still not sold on it being a video shoot? Here's more proof.
Shopping Break: Looking to spend that cash you got over the holidays? These weird but genius things on Amazon are practical, but still cool.
True Crime + 2016
The true crime phenomenon seriously peaked in 2016. From the popularity of Netflix's Making A Murderer and FX's American Crime Story to podcasts like Serial and Sword and Scale, true crime was more popular than ever this year and is only expected to grow in 2017.
Why Are People *So* Into True Crime? "True crime is a genre that everyone loves — regardless of gender or social status," says Martha Sorren, Bustle's TV Editor. "So, it makes sense that in a year full of divisive events, true crime was the one thing that brought people together.”
Mormon Tabernacle Choir + Trump
Jan Chamberlain, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, decided to resign rather than sing at President-elect Trump's inauguration. Chamberlain wrote in an emotional letter on Facebook that she "spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony [and] reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched [her] soul." Now, a petition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to withdraw completely from the inauguration is gaining steam.
WTF of the Day: On Thursday, Trump responded to Obama's sanctions on Russia, but he wouldn't be Trump unless he tweeted about it as well. Only 21 days until January 20, you guys. (>_<)
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Bustle + 2016
Yes, 2016 is finally almost over, but let's not ring in 2017 without one final look at everything that went down in this crazy, emotional, rollercoaster of a year. Here are the 50 best stories on Bustle in 2016.
Thank you for being here with us every step of the way. Happy New Year, and cheers to 2017!
What to Watch: 2016 was rough. That's why you should ring in 2017 — or, ahem, nurse your New Year's Day hangover — chilling on the couch watching these TV marathons.
Will You Kiss Someone At Midnight On NYE? Whether you're partying it up with friends, hoping for a romantic date night, or planning on a low-key night at home, here's what you can expect on New Year's Eve, based on your zodiac sign.
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