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  

49

1

Paul Wesley

Actor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

43

2

John Mulaney

Comedian

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

50

2

Olivia Munn

TV Personality

0% (0 of 12 votes)

51

3

ICarly

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

60

3

Miranda Cosgrove

Actress

0% (0 of 7 votes)

17

4

Mila Kunis

Actress

58.00% (58 of 100 votes)

48

4

Ashton Kutcher

Actor

4.55% (1 of 22 votes)

32

5

Britney Spears

Vocalist

51.53% (84 of 163 votes)

7

6

Armie Hammer

Actor

85.71% (6 of 7 votes)

53

7

Chris Harrison

TV Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

44

9

Olivia Rodrigo

Actress

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

52

9

Joshua Bassett

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

13

10

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

60.74% (99 of 163 votes)

54

11

Lil Nas X

Vocalist

0% (0 of 5 votes)

29

12

Zayn Malik

Vocalist

56.57% (56 of 99 votes)

55

12

Gigi Hadid

Model

0% (0 of 11 votes)

26

14

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

57.14% (140 of 245 votes)

33

14

Kanye West

Vocalist

50.34% (300 of 596 votes)

1

15

Scott Disick

TV Personality

100% (7 of 7 votes)

56

16

Ana de Armas

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

27

19

Friends (TV)

TV Series

56.88% (62 of 109 votes)

41

21

Michael B. Jordan

Actor

40.56% (101 of 249 votes)

9

22

Tanner Buchanan

Actor

66.67% (4 of 6 votes)

58

22

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

24

23

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

57.14% (140 of 245 votes)

25

25

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

57.14% (140 of 245 votes)

42

25

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

33.33% (3 of 9 votes)

2

26

Lizzo

Vocalist

100% (31 of 31 votes)

3

26

Chris Evans (Actor)

Actor

100% (1 of 1 votes)

38

27

Adele

Musician

47.15% (91 of 193 votes)

12

28

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

60.74% (99 of 163 votes)

59

28

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

29

James Corden

Comedian

60.42% (145 of 240 votes)

45

30

The Weeknd

Vocalist

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

4

32

Megan Fox

Actress

100% (1 of 1 votes)

11

32

Machine Gun Kelly (Rapper)

Vocalist

61.06% (207 of 339 votes)

57

33

Zendaya (Coleman)

Actress

0% (0 of 0 votes)

6

34

Prince Harry Windsor

Royalty

85.71% (6 of 7 votes)

18

34

Meghan Markle

Actress

57.73% (463 of 802 votes)

30

34

Oprah Winfrey

TV Personality

54.94% (128 of 233 votes)

23

36

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

57.14% (140 of 245 votes)

14

37

Shawn Mendes

Vocalist

60.69% (105 of 173 votes)

46

37

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

8

38

Seth Rogen

Actor

78.79% (26 of 33 votes)

40

39

Chris Pratt

Actor

46.19% (97 of 210 votes)

19

40

Channing Tatum

Actor

57.72% (86 of 149 votes)

35

40

Zoe Kravitz

Actress

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

10

41

Jennifer Lopez

Vocalist

65.23% (349 of 535 votes)

22

41

Ben Affleck

Actor

57.14% (8 of 14 votes)

39

42

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

46.67% (14 of 30 votes)

64

42

Dylan O'Brien

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

20

43

Pete Davidson

Comedian

57.71% (146 of 253 votes)

21

43

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

57.14% (140 of 245 votes)

16

45

Kourtney Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

59.79% (116 of 194 votes)

28

45

Travis Barker

Musician

56.88% (91 of 160 votes)

36

46

Ariana Grande

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

31

47

Harry Styles

Vocalist

52.02% (116 of 223 votes)

62

47

Olivia Wilde

Actress

0% (0 of 2 votes)

5

48

Taika Waititi

Filmmaker

100% (1 of 1 votes)

63

48

Rita Ora

Vocalist

0% (0 of 5 votes)

34

49

Kanye West

Vocalist

50.34% (300 of 596 votes)

61

49

Irina Shayk

Model

0% (0 of 0 votes)

37

50

Angelina Jolie

Actress

47.65% (81 of 170 votes)

47

50

The Weeknd

Vocalist

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)