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)

42

2

Olivia Munn

TV Personality

55.36% (93 of 168 votes)

66

2

John Mulaney

Comedian

40.0% (6 of 15 votes)

71

3

ICarly

TV Series

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

75

3

Miranda Cosgrove

Actress

0% (0 of 11 votes)

34

4

Mila Kunis

Actress

57.71% (951 of 1648 votes)

58

4

Ashton Kutcher

Actor

52.39% (208 of 397 votes)

28

5

Britney Spears

Vocalist

59.45% (610 of 1026 votes)

6

6

Armie Hammer

Actor

83.33% (15 of 18 votes)

3

7

Bachelor

TV Series

100% (6 of 6 votes)

9

7

Chris Harrison

TV Personality

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

24

9

Olivia Rodrigo

Actress

60.42% (87 of 144 votes)

73

9

Joshua Bassett

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

14

10

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

65.02% (788 of 1212 votes)

51

11

Nike

Corporation

54.55% (6 of 11 votes)

61

11

Lil Nas X

Vocalist

51.02% (50 of 98 votes)

46

12

Zayn Malik

Vocalist

55.12% (183 of 332 votes)

55

12

Gigi Hadid

Model

52.94% (18 of 34 votes)

22

14

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

61.71% (1130 of 1831 votes)

27

14

Kanye West

Vocalist

60.05% (1380 of 2298 votes)

2

15

Scott Disick

TV Personality

100% (13 of 13 votes)

10

16

Ana de Armas

Actress

66.67% (8 of 12 votes)

67

18

Lily Collins

Actress

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

8

19

Justin Bieber

Vocalist

67.40% (3099 of 4598 votes)

31

19

James Corden

Comedian

58.99% (515 of 873 votes)

36

19

Friends (TV)

TV Series

57.04% (77 of 135 votes)

45

19

Lady GaGa

Vocalist

55.24% (79 of 143 votes)

48

19

BTS

Vocalists

54.59% (101 of 185 votes)

54

21

Michael B. Jordan

Actor

53.69% (233 of 434 votes)

4

22

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

88.00% (22 of 25 votes)

64

22

Tanner Buchanan

Actor

50.0% (4 of 8 votes)

20

23

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

61.71% (1130 of 1831 votes)

70

23

Vatican City (Holy See)

Location

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

21

25

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

61.71% (1130 of 1831 votes)

52

25

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

54.44% (49 of 90 votes)

23

26

Lizzo

Vocalist

60.70% (122 of 201 votes)

72

26

Chris Evans (Actor)

Actor

33.33% (2 of 6 votes)

57

27

Adele

Musician

52.40% (1597 of 3048 votes)

5

28

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

88.00% (22 of 25 votes)

13

28

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

65.02% (788 of 1212 votes)

30

29

James Corden

Comedian

58.99% (515 of 873 votes)

38

29

Billy Porter

Performance Artist

56.62% (124 of 219 votes)

56

29

Amazon.com

Corporation

52.63% (30 of 57 votes)

59

29

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

51.03% (148 of 290 votes)

44

30

The Weeknd

Vocalist

55.32% (52 of 94 votes)

11

32

Machine Gun Kelly (Rapper)

Vocalist

65.51% (794 of 1212 votes)

29

32

Megan Fox

Actress

59.32% (105 of 177 votes)

68

33

Zendaya (Coleman)

Actress

36.36% (8 of 22 votes)

16

34

Meghan Markle

Actress

64.81% (3306 of 5101 votes)

32

34

Oprah Winfrey

TV Personality

58.22% (393 of 675 votes)

63

34

Prince Harry Windsor

Royalty

50.82% (62 of 122 votes)

18

36

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

61.71% (1130 of 1831 votes)

33

37

Shawn Mendes

Vocalist

57.90% (359 of 620 votes)

60

37

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

51.03% (148 of 290 votes)

1

38

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Organization

100% (3 of 3 votes)

35

38

Seth Rogen

Actor

57.08% (121 of 212 votes)

65

39

Chris Pratt

Actor

48.94% (1062 of 2170 votes)

17

40

Channing Tatum

Actor

62.08% (149 of 240 votes)

62

40

Zoe Kravitz

Actress

50.98% (52 of 102 votes)

7

41

Jennifer Lopez

Vocalist

70.43% (2620 of 3720 votes)

25

41

Ben Affleck

Actor

60.06% (212 of 353 votes)

39

42

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

56.38% (212 of 376 votes)

76

42

Dylan O'Brien

Actor

0% (0 of 4 votes)

19

43

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

61.71% (1130 of 1831 votes)

37

43

Pete Davidson

Comedian

56.78% (511 of 900 votes)

12

45

Kourtney Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

65.20% (860 of 1319 votes)

15

45

Travis Barker

Musician

65.00% (338 of 520 votes)

47

46

Ariana Grande

Vocalist

55.00% (66 of 120 votes)

50

47

Olivia Wilde

Actress

54.55% (42 of 77 votes)

53

47

Harry Styles

Vocalist

54.27% (216 of 398 votes)

40

48

Rita Ora

Vocalist

55.68% (49 of 88 votes)

49

48

Taika Waititi

Filmmaker

54.55% (6 of 11 votes)

26

49

Kanye West

Vocalist

60.05% (1380 of 2298 votes)

69

49

Irina Shayk

Model

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

41

50

Angelina Jolie

Actress

55.47% (695 of 1253 votes)

43

50

The Weeknd

Vocalist

55.32% (52 of 94 votes)