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In Focus: 18 Pop Culture Moments That Shook The Internet This 2018

In Focus: 18 Pop Culture Moments That Shook The Internet This 2018

 

2018 may have flown by quickly, but we can't say that it wasn't jam-packed with juicy happennings in the pop culture scene. Admit it or not, we've spent most of our time scrolling through our screens all year round and being in the know of the biggest breaking news and trends on the internet.

From blockbuster hits to the most anticipated weddings of the year and every breakout star in between, these 2018 highlights broke our social media feeds and and became the trending topics all around the world. Check out the pop culture moments that made it to our year-end list below:

Black Panther 

The reason that Black Panther became a phenomenal hit was because we saw a moment of positivity for a group of minority becoming the center of a white-dominated hero culture. This live action installment from the Marvel universe showcased a non-stereotypical portrayal of a race that hasn't been given a spotlight in the superhero scene. Representation as well as women empowerment are just some of what the movie championed.

Kylie Jenner's secret pregnancy and Stormi’s birth

For a huge chunk of 2017, Kylie Jenner laid low, and speculations arose that she could be pregnant. Come 2018, the youngest Jenner announced the birth of her daughter Stormi with a video documenting her journey through motherhood. It was truly a heartfelt moment from one of Hollywood's most controversial names, and we couldn't be happier to welcome a brand new Kylie and her adorable mini me.

Beyoncé’s Coachella performance

Queen Bey snapped. As the first black woman to ever headline the most popular music festival across the globe, Beyoncé delivered as expected. She even made the Destiny’s Child reunion happen, and our inner '90s kid jumped out! Also, let's not forget to mention that nail polish change during her set. Wig = snatched.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Cinderella-Like Wedding

Some people dub their story as a modern-day fairytale—Meghan Markle, an American actress, and Prince Harry, the most elite bachelor of his generation, tied the knot, and the whole world fell in love. We also witnessed how Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, evolved from being a woman brimming with potentional to being a princess who makes a real difference in the society. When we grow up we want to be just like her!

 
 
 
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Demi Lovato’s overdose

Demi Lovato has been vocal about her past addiction. And just like any other disease, people with addiction can relapse, and Demi was no exception. It was reported that the pop star was found almost lifeless in her home in California and was immediately transported to a hospital. Before the incident, she released a song entitled "Sober" which people speculated as her cry for help as she struggled with her inner battles.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix

Netflix Original To All The Boys I’v Loved Before became a massive hit from the streaming giant, catapulting lead stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo to Hollywood's Sweetheart status. From the relatable character of Lara Jean to the all-around feel-good vibe of this rom-com gem, To All The Boys effectively captured everyone's heart. Now, we can't wait for the sequel!

Mac Miller’s passing

The news of Mac Miller taking his own life broke the hearts of many. Attention diverted to his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande whom some people unjustly blamed for his death. Mac Miller’s untimely passing rose awareness to mental health, and proved time and time again that depression and other mental illnesses are as real as they can get.

 
 
 
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Cardi B and Nicki Minaj's Feud

Who would have thought that a fight would be this iconic? Two queens of rap, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, got into an altercation during a New York Fashion Week party where some yelling and shoe throwing happened with Cardi ending up being escorted out of the venue.

Lindsay Lohan got punched in Moscow

During Lindsay Lohan’s Instagram live, she showed what seemed like a homeless family which she said to be "Syrian refugees". She spoke to them in a strange accent, asking the adults to let her take the children back to her hotel. They refused, so when Lindsay kept insisting, well, she got smacked right in the face live on Instagram. It may be a case of miscommunication, but at the end of the day, we all felt guilty laughing about it.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s surprise marriage

When the news of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's reunion broke, our Jelena hearts definitely ached. But we couldn't be any happier for Jailey because they simply prove the saying, "You'll know it when you feel it". And perhaps these long-time friends just felt that enough amount of love to marry each other off the bat. And somehow, they found a home in each other.

 
 
 
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A Star Is Born

We've always known that Lady Gaga is a star in every sense of the word. But the pop star/actress surpassed our expectations with this film with co-star and director Bradley Cooper. The soundtrack was on repeat in our playlist every since it came out, and we're not denying it.

Bohemian Rhapsody 

A tribute to the iconic band Queen and their legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody was a masterpiece featuring actor Rami Malek. Critics say that this film is Oscar's-material, and we don't doubt that it will prove this claim come awards season.

Stan Lee’s passing

The creator of the Marvel universe, Stan Lee was and will always be the real superhero in our hearts. His passing was mourned by Hollywood and every comic fan, but the good thing is that his stories will live on. Now, who's excited for the final Avengers film?

 
 
 
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Amanda Bynes’ healthier comeback

Just like a few other Hollywood sensations, Amanda Bynes had her fair share of unforgettable crazy meltdowns. But in 2018, our beloved chick flick star bounced back, marking this momentous turn-around by starring on the cover of Paper Magazine looking healthier and more at peace at herself. Way to go, Amanda! She really is the man.

Ariana Grande's "thank u, next"

From its unique breakup anthem feels to the record-breaking, chick flick-inspired music video, Ariana Grande's "thank u next" proves that she has emerged as the biggest pop star of the year. After going through traumas and heartbreaks, she still slayed like no other. Indeed, god is a woman, and her name is Ari.

 

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Extravagant Wedding

The ever beautiful Priyanka Chopra and our high school crush Nick Jonas tied the knot in the grandest weddings we’ve ever seen in a long while. From having multiple ceremonies to Priyanka's bridal wardrobe, our jaws dropped every single time we saw their wedding festivities on our feeds. Here's to a marriage that would last as long as Priyanka's astounding 75-foot train!

 
 
 
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The Rise Of BTS

We all have our favorite K-pop acts, but no one can argue against BTS' worldwide domination this 2018. From being on the cover of TIME magazine to their first Stateside sold-out stadium concert and every record-breaking feat in between, the Bangtan Boys were breakout stars, not just in Korea, but across the globe–thanks to their ARMY. Plus, their "Love Yourself" mantra made us root for them even more.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Much-Awaited Wedding

Their love story wasn't a breezy ride. But after ten years, The Last Song co-stars Miley and Liam proved that true love can weather any storm. Their once very public romance matured into a more intimate and smooth-sailing connection that nothing could ever break. It was an uphill battle, but love prevailed. Congrats and Happy New Year to the newly weds!

Did we miss any? What is your fave pop culture moment this 2018? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

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