Cosmopolitan’s 50 Biggest Pop Culture Moments of 2021

Status Celebrities

Rankings are arbitrary based on appearance *** 1. Paul Wesley being confused about Madison Beer *** 2. John Mulaney and Olivia Munn having a baby *** 3. The iCarly reboot *** 4. Celeb Showergate *** 5. Britney Spears freed from her conservatorship *** 6. Armie Hammer’s blood-drinking cannibal tweets *** 7. Chris Harrison getting fired from The Bachelor *** 8. The ‘Squid Game’ phenomenon *** 9. Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett's ‘High School Musical: The Series' drama *** 10. Khloe Kardashian's viral unedited photo *** 11. Lil Nas X’s Satan shoes *** 12. Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s breakup *** 13. Erika Girardi’s scandal *** 14. Kimye’s divorce *** 15. Younes Bendjima exposing Scott Disick's dms *** 16. The Ana de Armas cardboard cutout *** 17. Jen Shah’s fraud arrest *** 18. The 'Emily in Paris' Golden Globes controversy *** 19. The ‘Friends’ reunion *** 20. Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes' dramatic breakup *** 21. Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey getting together *** 22. Backlash against 'He's All That' *** 23. Kim Kardashian pissing off the Vatican *** 24. ‘Bachelor in Paradise’/Brendan and Pieper losing all their Instagram followers *** 25. Kim Kardashian hosting SNL *** 26. Lizzo and Chris Evans’ flirty dms *** 27. Adele dropping a new album *** 28. Addison Rae and Kourtney Kardashian's friendship *** 29. Everyone not loving the James Corden/Cinderella Flash Mob *** 30. The Weeknd's Super Bowl performance *** 31. Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark's breakup *** 32. Megan Fox and MGK’s GQ interview *** 33. Zendaya's entire 'dune' press tour wardrobe *** 34. Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview *** 35. Billie Eilish’s new look *** 36. Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look *** 37. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's breakup *** 38. Seth Rogen calling out the Emmys while at the Emmys *** 39. Chris Pratt pissing off literally everyone *** 40. Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum dating *** 41. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s reunion *** 42. The 10-minute version of 'All Too Well' *** 43. Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson getting together *** 44. The 'Bridgerton' phenomenon *** 45. Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's engagement *** 46. Ariana Grande getting married *** 47. Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde’s relationship *** 48. Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, and Tessa Thompson's three way kiss *** 49. Kanye West and Irina Shayk randomly dating *** 50. Angelina Jolie and The Weeknd rumors *** Missing: Madison Beer (1) * ‘Squid Game’ (8) * Erika Girardi (13) * Younes Bendjima (15) * Jen Shah (17) * ‘Emily in Paris’ (18) * Katie Thurston (20) * Blake Moynes (20) * Lori Harvey (21) * Bachelor in Paradise (24) * Brendan Morais and Pieper James (24) * Tayshia Adams (31) * Zac Clark (31) * ‘Bridgerton’ (44) * Phoebe Dynevor (44) * Dalton Gomez (46) * Tessa Thompson (48)

This Category is Ranked. Sort by Ranking Based on Votes by clicking on Vote Ranking. Sort by the Collection's Ranking by clicking on List Ranking.

Vote RankingList Ranking  

73

1

Paul Wesley

Actor

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

42

2

Olivia Munn

TV Personality

55.36% (93 of 168 votes)

67

2

John Mulaney

Comedian

37.50% (6 of 16 votes)

71

3

ICarly

TV Series

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

75

3

Miranda Cosgrove

Actress

0% (0 of 11 votes)

39

4

Mila Kunis

Actress

57.76% (956 of 1655 votes)

56

4

Ashton Kutcher

Actor

52.26% (208 of 398 votes)

35

5

Britney Spears

Vocalist

58.71% (620 of 1056 votes)

5

6

Armie Hammer

Actor

80.95% (17 of 21 votes)

2

7

Bachelor

TV Series

100% (6 of 6 votes)

11

7

Chris Harrison

TV Personality

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

30

9

Olivia Rodrigo

Actress

59.62% (93 of 156 votes)

74

9

Joshua Bassett

Actor

0% (0 of 4 votes)

21

10

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

64.53% (806 of 1249 votes)

50

11

Nike

Corporation

54.55% (6 of 11 votes)

53

11

Lil Nas X

Vocalist

52.88% (55 of 104 votes)

45

12

Zayn Malik

Vocalist

55.22% (185 of 335 votes)

52

12

Gigi Hadid

Model

54.29% (19 of 35 votes)

17

14

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

64.91% (1352 of 2083 votes)

33

14

Kanye West

Vocalist

59.15% (1400 of 2367 votes)

1

15

Scott Disick

TV Personality

100% (13 of 13 votes)

7

16

Ana de Armas

Actress

73.33% (11 of 15 votes)

66

18

Lily Collins

Actress

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

8

19

Justin Bieber

Vocalist

70.35% (3616 of 5140 votes)

18

19

James Corden

Comedian

64.71% (662 of 1023 votes)

34

19

Friends (TV)

TV Series

58.87% (83 of 141 votes)

54

19

BTS

Vocalists

52.85% (102 of 193 votes)

58

19

Lady GaGa

Vocalist

51.76% (88 of 170 votes)

59

21

Michael B. Jordan

Actor

50.54% (234 of 463 votes)

3

22

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

88.00% (22 of 25 votes)

65

22

Tanner Buchanan

Actor

40.0% (4 of 10 votes)

15

23

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

64.91% (1352 of 2083 votes)

72

23

Vatican City (Holy See)

Location

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

16

25

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

64.91% (1352 of 2083 votes)

51

25

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

54.44% (49 of 90 votes)

28

26

Lizzo

Vocalist

60.19% (127 of 211 votes)

70

26

Chris Evans (Actor)

Actor

32.35% (11 of 34 votes)

55

27

Adele

Musician

52.43% (1608 of 3067 votes)

4

28

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

88.00% (22 of 25 votes)

20

28

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

64.53% (806 of 1249 votes)

19

29

James Corden

Comedian

64.71% (662 of 1023 votes)

36

29

Billy Porter

Performance Artist

58.62% (136 of 232 votes)

62

29

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

49.51% (151 of 305 votes)

63

29

Amazon.com

Corporation

48.39% (30 of 62 votes)

44

30

The Weeknd

Vocalist

55.32% (52 of 94 votes)

10

32

Machine Gun Kelly (Rapper)

Vocalist

66.67% (860 of 1290 votes)

27

32

Megan Fox

Actress

60.34% (105 of 174 votes)

68

33

Zendaya (Coleman)

Actress

37.50% (9 of 24 votes)

22

34

Meghan Markle

Actress

64.17% (3330 of 5189 votes)

31

34

Prince Harry Windsor

Royalty

59.18% (87 of 147 votes)

37

34

Oprah Winfrey

TV Personality

58.22% (393 of 675 votes)

14

36

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

64.91% (1352 of 2083 votes)

26

37

Shawn Mendes

Vocalist

60.81% (405 of 666 votes)

61

37

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

49.51% (151 of 305 votes)

6

38

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Organization

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

48

38

Seth Rogen

Actor

54.71% (122 of 223 votes)

64

39

Chris Pratt

Actor

42.64% (1348 of 3161 votes)

25

40

Channing Tatum

Actor

60.98% (150 of 246 votes)

60

40

Zoe Kravitz

Actress

50.49% (52 of 103 votes)

9

41

Jennifer Lopez

Vocalist

69.93% (2839 of 4060 votes)

29

41

Ben Affleck

Actor

59.89% (212 of 354 votes)

40

42

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

57.54% (225 of 391 votes)

76

42

Dylan O'Brien

Actor

0% (0 of 4 votes)

13

43

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

64.91% (1352 of 2083 votes)

38

43

Pete Davidson

Comedian

58.04% (538 of 927 votes)

12

45

Kourtney Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

65.63% (869 of 1324 votes)

23

45

Travis Barker

Musician

62.82% (343 of 546 votes)

41

46

Ariana Grande

Vocalist

56.30% (67 of 119 votes)

46

47

Olivia Wilde

Actress

55.13% (43 of 78 votes)

49

47

Harry Styles

Vocalist

54.68% (222 of 406 votes)

24

48

Taika Waititi

Filmmaker

61.54% (8 of 13 votes)

47

48

Rita Ora

Vocalist

55.06% (49 of 89 votes)

32

49

Kanye West

Vocalist

59.15% (1400 of 2367 votes)

69

49

Irina Shayk

Model

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

43

50

The Weeknd

Vocalist

55.32% (52 of 94 votes)

57

50

Angelina Jolie

Actress

52.11% (727 of 1395 votes)