26 Memorable Pop Culture Moments From 2011 [PHOTOS]
Pop star pregnancies, legal actions, and weddings of the year defined pop culture in 2011. It was hard to narrow it down to only 26, but here they are, just in case, you missed a few.
Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards‘ red carpet was a moment that no one saw coming. Seconds after posing with her hands on her belly, Beyoncé’s baby bump became the Twitter trending topic of the night.
The world’s jaw dropped when Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her three-year-old daughter Caylee. Millions were outraged by the verdict and saw history repeating itself as O.J. Simpson’s not guilty verdict quickly came to mind.
Victoria and David Beckham welcomed their first baby girl, Harper, in July. The Beckham family were overjoyed to add a second female into their household. The fashionable parents gave Harper her middle name, Seven, to represent David’s Manchester United soccer jersey number.
Charlie Sheen topped 2010’s pop culture list when he got fired from Two and a Half Men. He’s making the list again declaring “winning” for all. Charlie debuted his memorable Ustream internet show, Sheen’s Korner, back in March. The show that was intimately based has yet to return.
Anger management was calling someone’s name this year. Chris Brown musically had a successful year, but when he took the stage with Good Morning America correspondent, Robin Roberts, back in March things got heated. Brown went into a rage when Roberts wanted to discuss the infamous Rihanna abuse scandal. The singer stormed off the stage and broke a window at the studio in anger.
Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison definitely topped the list for most controversial wedding. He’s 51 and she’s 16. That’s a 35-year-age difference. The couple, who wed in May, say the wedding had nothing to do with publicity but had everything to do with true love.
Music and fashion mogul, Jessica Simpson, led the media on for throughout 2011 about her protruding baby bump. Throughout the summer, tabloids suspected that Jessica was preggers. Simpson finally confirmed what everyone already knew by cleverly dressing up as a “mummy” for Halloween. Jessica and her fiancé, NFL player Eric Johnson, are expected to welcome their first child in early spring.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries had one of the most publicized weddings of the year, and people were sitting at the edge of their seats waiting to see Kim’s Vera Wang wedding dress. The marriage lasted a mere 72 days, but it was still one of the year’s most extravagant televised specials.
Lady Gaga dressing up as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, was a highlight within itself, but when you put Gaga and Britney Spears on the same stage, that becomes a moment that defined 2011. MTV’s Video Music Awards featured the two teasing the world as they stared into each other’s eyes and almost broke into some lip action. Almost counts, right?
Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell reclaimed their judging duties this year on The X Factor. The former American Idol mentors may have ditched the show that made them household names but their endless bickering continues to live on at a singing competition once again.
It’s been a little over two years since the late, Michael Jackson, passed away. Dr. Conrad Murray was put on trial in the fall of 2011 for the manslaughter of the King of Pop. The jury, witnesses and television viewers alike were all stunned when this shocking autopsy photo was released.
In May, President Barrack Obama and the rest of the world were in awe to hear that Osama Bin Laden had been captured and killed. This picture captures that moment like no other.
This was the year ‘Jersey Shore’ invaded not only American homes on a weekly basis but took their partying global when they decided to film in Italy. Nicole Polizzi, aka Snooki sporting a neck brace while filming a Jersey Shore episode in Italy made it rounds in the tabloids. Even though, the neck brace was arguably a joke, Snooki still got our attention, especially when she paired the brace with granny-wearing sunglasses and fur boots. The show has become ingrained in pop culture and has become MTV’s highest rated television show of all time. The guidos and guidettes even had Italian organizations trying to get them banned from filming in their country!
The last day of the work week will never be the same again thanks to Rebecca Black‘s awesomely bad song “Friday.” The amateur lyrics have inspired countless parodies, gotten Rebecca Black a cameo in Katy Perry‘s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” music video and has even been featured on ‘Glee.’
Apple’s creator, Steve Jobs, saddened the tech world when he passed away in late 2011. His inventions, including the iPod and iPhone, changed the way people live their everyday lives and his legacy will never be forgotten.
Entertainment Tonight delivered some shocking photos revealing Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Taylor Armstrong, with a severe black eye. Taylor, who scored the black eye from her now-dead husband, claimed that this was the abuse she suffered from in her marriage.
The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton was not only for the British to see, but it was for any female out there who strives to be a princess. Millions of people tuned in all over the world to witness “Waity Katie” finally get her prince.
Vancouver riots broke out after their hockey team, the Canucks, lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. Police officials took to the streets to break up the crowds but amidst all the violence, love was found. The picture reflects something you would only see in a movie. We’re pretty sure this couple believes violence isn’t the answer.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are the “It” couple of 2011. They’ve been on a number of spontaneous dates, and when it’s time to get dolled up, these two work it like pros. The teen couple started off 2011 walking the red carpet, hand in hand, at the Oscars. That night was extra special because it was there first appearance public appearance together as a couple.
Amy Winehouse‘s premature death at just 27-years-old stunned music fans all over the world. During her short music career, Amy’s album Back To Black earned the songstress five Grammy awards, making her the first British female to do so. Artists, including Bruno Mars and Tony Bennett, paid tribute to the star at this year’s Video Music Awards, making fans miss her even more.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was the biggest movie opener in 2011. It came at no surprise since this is the last of the Harry Potter series. The leading cast had been involved with this movie since 2001, and at the New York premiere, they all tried to put on some happy faces. The final movie marked the end of an era for fans who had followed the series since JK Rowling released the first Harry Potter book back in 1997.
Our favorite talk show host and life coach extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey said goodbye after 25 years on the air. Celebrities like Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Usher and more surprised Oprah with a two part special to celebrate her extraordinary impact on their lives and the lives of millions of viewers everywhere.
The Conrad Murray trial had been going on for the last two years. Finally, in November, the verdict came in, and Dr. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of the late Michael Jackson. He has been sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison.
After, 28 years of co-hosting on Live with Regis and Kelly, Regis Philbin has officially left the building. His last day on the job brought tears and laughter as he said good-bye to his co-workers and millions of viewers.
Katy Perry‘s sophomore album Teenage Dream made music history this year. The 27-year-old singer has had five #1 singles from the album, tying her with Michael Jackson and his album Bad. If Perry’s newest single “The One That Got Away” hits #1 she will surpass Jackson for having the most #1 singles from an album and will be the first artist in history to do so.
Congressman Anthony Weiner got pushed into a little drama on Twitter in regards to his last name. His account, that was apparently hacked, tweeted out a scandalous picture of a man’s pelvis area that was supposedly intended for a female college student.