Top Entertainment News Stories of 2016: From 'Lemonade' To Donald Trump Shocking and Amazing Events [PHOTOS]
Can we all agree that 2016 was absolutely bananas? This year played with our emotions. Every day there was something crazy, amazing, disturbing or shocking to discuss around the dinner table. Here are our Top 20 Moments of 2016. These are the stories we at Enstars.com won't soon forget. We intentionally didn't rank these events in order of importance-each of these moments had us glued to our TVs, scouring the Internet and gossiping around the water cooler. Dig into this list and let us know what you think.
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Divorce
In late May, Heard, 30, filed for divorce from Depp, 53, after only 15 months of marriage. More shocking however was the fact that heard filed a restraining order against him as well, citing domestic abuse. Along with photos of the actress sporting bruises and several other claims, the situation seemed to be a messy one. The divorce was settled in August, and Heard withdrew her request for the restraining order as well. However, the situation is still ongoing, after Depp reportedly refused to pay all the money he owed his ex, and is pushing back finalizing the agreement overall, something Heard and her lawyers are fighting back on.
Muhammad Ali Dies At 74
In a year plagued early on by shocking celebrity deaths, the trend continued in June when boxer Muhammad Ali died from a prolonged battle with Parkinson's Disease. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he won 56 out of 61 fights throughout his career, 37 of those by Knock-Outs. He was survived by his fourth wife, Yolanda Williams, and his nine children, Maryum, Jamillah, Rasheda, Muhammad Ali Jr, Khaliah, Miya, Hana, Laila and Asaad.
Netflix Revivals Bring Nostalgia To A Fever Pitch
Nostalgia for the past was in full swing throughout 2016, with revivals appearing on several networks, but Netflix ruled the bunch with two very big revivals this year. Fuller House season 1 and 2 premiered in February and December respectively, bringing a modernized version of the 90s classic to both a new audience and the ones who grew up loving the original series. The show also featured every member of the original cast in at least a recurring role, except for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Another major coup for the streaming service was the debut of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which became available in November and picked up on the citizens of Stars Hollow, especially the Gilmore women, 10 years after the show's end-and finally revealed the controversial famous four last words the original show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, never got to see air with the original show.
Donald Trump Wins The Presidential Election
After a campaign which seemed to be continually marred by scandal, much of the U.S. and the rest of the world was stunned on Nov. 8 when business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump won the election against Hillary Clinton, and became the official President-Elect of the United States. The win has led to even more tension in the country than seemed to exist beforehand, as many continue to try and find ways to reverse the results and make sure he is not inaugurated on Jan. 20.
Leonardo DiCaprio Wins An Oscar (Finally)
After losing Best Actor wins at the Oscars for What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio was finally able to call himself an Oscar Winner in 2016, after he was awarded the statue for his role in The Revenant, something that many considered long overdue.
Hamilton Finds Viral Success On Broadway
The newest hit on Broadway came when Lin-Manuel Miranda opened Hamilton back in 2015. The show, following the life of Alexander Hamilton (and told through hip-hop and rap music), became an instant sensation with sold-out performances for years. It garnered immense success in 2016, winning 11 Tony Awards, and also made headlines after the cast addressed Vice-President Elect Mike Pence after a performance to ask him to consider everyone in the country when he took office. The incident led to calls for a boycott of the musical.
The Chicago Cubs Win The World Series
One win the world did not mind was when The Chicago Cubs won the World Series after seven games against the Cleveland Indians in November, The win was the first World title the team had gotten since 1908, ending their record as a team to have so much time in between World Series titles.
Beyonce Drops Lemonade
After the success of her self-titled Visual Album in 2013, Beyonce followed up with her second such release, Lemonade, in April. It featured the hit song "Formation," as well as the song "Sorry," with the infamous lyric about "Becky With The Good Hair," whom her husband Jay-Z allegedly cheated with. Fans went wild with speculation over who "Becky" might have been, with many suspecting Rachel Roy, Rita Ora, and Taylor Swift. "Becky's" identity has never been confirmed or revealed.
Brangelina Call It Quits
After 12 years together, two of which they spent married, Hollywood's golden couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, called it quits in September after Jolie filed for divorce and requested sole physical custody of their six children back in September. Initial rumors speculated that the divorce came after Pitt allegedly cheated with his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard, which was quickly denied. Not long after, allegations that Pitt was abusive to the kids surfaced after he allegedly had an altercation with eldest son, Maddox, while on a family flight from Paris one week before the divorce filing. He was later cleared of all child abuse charges, and the couple is still battling over custody.
Kim Kardashian Is Robbed At Gunpoint
She's been the queen of social media, wealth, and breaking the internet for years, but even Kim Kardashian couldn't keep herself from becoming a victim when she was confronted in a Paris hotel room on October 3 by robbers, tied up and held at gunpoint. She was reportedly robbed of $10M worth in jewelry during the incident. Since then, she has stayed completely off of social media and made no public appearances. She also reportedly suspended production of her hit reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
David Bowie Dies At 69
The year got off to a sad start when news spread that rock legend David Bowie had died at the age of 69. The musician, responsible for such classics as "Space Oddity", "Heroes", "Rebel Rebel", "Life on Mars" and more had just released his 25th album, Blackstar, two days before his death on Jan. 10, giving a haunting farewell to his fans all over the world.
Prince Dies At 57
Bowie wasn't the only music icon the world lost this year. The death of Prince on April 21 sent shockwaves all over the world, with the eccentric, masterful musician dying of accidental fentanyl opioid overdose at the age of 57. Like with Bowie, Prince left behind a huge legacy, from the Purple Rain album to hits like "Kiss", "When Doves Cry", "Raspberry Beret" and many, many more.
Alan Thicke Dies At 69
Sitcom legend Alan Thicke died at 69 on Dec. 13, while playing hockey with his son, Carter. The actor was beloved for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver in classic sitcom, Growing Pains, and wrote a great number of TV theme songs, including The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes.
Selena Gomez Checks Into Rehab
Gomez cancelled the rest of her Revival Tour in August to help manage her "anxiety, panic attacks and depression." The pop star spent some time in a Tennessee rehab facility this fall and stayed completely out of the media spotlight, before resurfacing at the American Music Awards in late November.
George Michael Dies at 53
The year did not end without another tragic loss in the music world. George Michael, famous for such hits as "Faith", "Father Figure" and "Freedom! 90", died of heart failure at 53 on Christmas morning. The singer was also one of the only entertainers to be openly gay and like Bowie and Prince, challenged the notions of what it meant to be "a man."
Christina Grimmie Dies Tragically
YouTube musician and The Voice finalist Christina Grimmie was doing a meet-and-greet with fans in Orlando on June 11 when a gunman shot and killed her. The young pop star was just 22, and left behind legions of fans of all ages, with her excellent covers of hits like Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home", Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" and more.
Michael Strahan Leaves Live With Kelly and Michael
After four years of laughs and love, Strahan left Live With Kelly and Michael in May for a gig at ABC's Good Morning America. But the weeks leading up to his exit were fraught with drama in the media, with reports of Kelly Ripa being blindsided by the news and angry with ABC execs.
Colin Kaepernick Takes A Knee
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused huge waves during a preseason game when he decided to take a knee during the National Anthem. The player stated: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." And millions immediately voiced their opinions on his bold stance.
Simone Biles Is Solid Gold
19-year-old gymnast Simone Biles was the undisputed star of the Rio Olympics over the summer, scoring an astonishing four gold medals and becoming a hero for young girls with her pure athletic excellence and undeniable positive charisma. She holds the record for most decorated American gynmast in history, and set a record for most gold medals won in women gymnastics at a single Olympics Games.
Pokémon Go Takes Over The World
Millions all over the globe took part in the biggest app of 2016 this summer: Pokémon Go. The app allowed users to finally be their own PokéMasters, catching the beloved creatures "in the wild." Of course, the app also led to quite a few unfortunate accidents and has largely faded in buzz, but it still became a huge pop culture phenomenon like few apps that came before it.
Kanye West Hospitalized
Kanye West was hospitalized for exhaustion in late November after a series of bizarre rants on his Saint Pablo tour. The rapper had to cancel the rest of his tour as he spent a little over a week in the hospital. He has been keeping things low-key since, outside of a controversial meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.
Carrie Fisher Dies at 60
Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher died on Dec. 27 at the age of 60, following a cardiac arrest incident on a plane the previous week. The actress was also a prolific writer, finding success beyond Princess Leia through her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, and her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge.
(Kevin Jacobsen and Lauren DuBois contributed to this story.)
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