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  

74

1

Paul Wesley

Actor

0% (0 of 2 votes)

41

2

Olivia Munn

TV Personality

55.09% (92 of 167 votes)

63

2

John Mulaney

Comedian

42.86% (6 of 14 votes)

72

3

Miranda Cosgrove

Actress

0% (0 of 9 votes)

75

3

ICarly

TV Series

0% (0 of 1 votes)

26

4

Mila Kunis

Actress

57.29% (884 of 1543 votes)

48

4

Ashton Kutcher

Actor

53.63% (207 of 386 votes)

22

5

Britney Spears

Vocalist

57.58% (342 of 594 votes)

6

6

Armie Hammer

Actor

83.33% (15 of 18 votes)

3

7

Bachelor

TV Series

100% (6 of 6 votes)

59

7

Chris Harrison

TV Personality

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

33

9

Olivia Rodrigo

Actress

56.15% (73 of 130 votes)

76

9

Joshua Bassett

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

19

10

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

57.95% (423 of 730 votes)

54

11

Lil Nas X

Vocalist

51.72% (45 of 87 votes)

73

11

Nike

Corporation

0% (0 of 0 votes)

45

12

Zayn Malik

Vocalist

54.43% (178 of 327 votes)

62

12

Gigi Hadid

Model

44.83% (13 of 29 votes)

15

14

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

62.47% (899 of 1439 votes)

16

14

Kanye West

Vocalist

61.71% (1296 of 2100 votes)

2

15

Scott Disick

TV Personality

100% (7 of 7 votes)

64

16

Ana de Armas

Actress

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

65

18

Lily Collins

Actress

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

8

19

Justin Bieber

Vocalist

66.70% (2680 of 4018 votes)

24

19

James Corden

Comedian

57.35% (480 of 837 votes)

34

19

BTS

Vocalists

56.00% (98 of 175 votes)

38

19

Friends (TV)

TV Series

55.38% (72 of 130 votes)

42

19

Lady GaGa

Vocalist

54.78% (63 of 115 votes)

47

21

Michael B. Jordan

Actor

53.69% (233 of 434 votes)

4

22

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

84.21% (16 of 19 votes)

60

22

Tanner Buchanan

Actor

50.0% (4 of 8 votes)

13

23

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

62.47% (899 of 1439 votes)

67

23

Vatican City (Holy See)

Location

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

14

25

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

62.47% (899 of 1439 votes)

50

25

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

52.38% (44 of 84 votes)

28

26

Lizzo

Vocalist

56.98% (102 of 179 votes)

57

26

Chris Evans (Actor)

Actor

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

53

27

Adele

Musician

51.84% (1525 of 2942 votes)

5

28

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

84.21% (16 of 19 votes)

18

28

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

57.95% (423 of 730 votes)

23

29

James Corden

Comedian

57.35% (480 of 837 votes)

32

29

Billy Porter

Performance Artist

56.22% (122 of 217 votes)

55

29

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

51.60% (113 of 219 votes)

66

29

Amazon.com

Corporation

37.50% (15 of 40 votes)

37

30

The Weeknd

Vocalist

55.43% (51 of 92 votes)

20

32

Machine Gun Kelly (Rapper)

Vocalist

57.86% (497 of 859 votes)

68

32

Megan Fox

Actress

27.27% (3 of 11 votes)

69

33

Zendaya (Coleman)

Actress

14.29% (2 of 14 votes)

7

34

Meghan Markle

Actress

69.19% (3011 of 4352 votes)

46

34

Oprah Winfrey

TV Personality

54.01% (330 of 611 votes)

51

34

Prince Harry Windsor

Royalty

52.17% (60 of 115 votes)

12

36

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

62.47% (899 of 1439 votes)

27

37

Shawn Mendes

Vocalist

57.21% (349 of 610 votes)

56

37

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

51.60% (113 of 219 votes)

1

38

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Organization

100% (1 of 1 votes)

30

38

Seth Rogen

Actor

56.25% (36 of 64 votes)

61

39

Chris Pratt

Actor

49.64% (833 of 1678 votes)

29

40

Channing Tatum

Actor

56.54% (108 of 191 votes)

52

40

Zoe Kravitz

Actress

52.11% (37 of 71 votes)

9

41

Jennifer Lopez

Vocalist

64.30% (1760 of 2737 votes)

31

41

Ben Affleck

Actor

56.25% (36 of 64 votes)

35

42

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

55.49% (202 of 364 votes)

70

42

Dylan O'Brien

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

11

43

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

62.47% (899 of 1439 votes)

44

43

Pete Davidson

Comedian

54.46% (464 of 852 votes)

21

45

Kourtney Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

57.76% (551 of 954 votes)

25

45

Travis Barker

Musician

57.33% (133 of 232 votes)

43

46

Ariana Grande

Vocalist

54.55% (54 of 99 votes)

39

47

Olivia Wilde

Actress

55.26% (42 of 76 votes)

49

47

Harry Styles

Vocalist

53.33% (208 of 390 votes)

40

48

Rita Ora

Vocalist

55.17% (48 of 87 votes)

58

48

Taika Waititi

Filmmaker

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

17

49

Kanye West

Vocalist

61.71% (1296 of 2100 votes)

71

49

Irina Shayk

Model

0% (0 of 1 votes)

10

50

Angelina Jolie

Actress

63.26% (687 of 1086 votes)

36

50

The Weeknd

Vocalist

55.43% (51 of 92 votes)