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)

66

2

John Mulaney

Comedian

42.86% (6 of 14 votes)

72

3

Miranda Cosgrove

Actress

0% (0 of 9 votes)

76

3

ICarly

TV Series

0% (0 of 1 votes)

31

4

Mila Kunis

Actress

57.31% (890 of 1553 votes)

51

4

Ashton Kutcher

Actor

53.63% (207 of 386 votes)

39

5

Britney Spears

Vocalist

55.22% (349 of 632 votes)

7

6

Armie Hammer

Actor

83.33% (15 of 18 votes)

3

7

Bachelor

TV Series

100% (6 of 6 votes)

62

7

Chris Harrison

TV Personality

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

29

9

Olivia Rodrigo

Actress

57.78% (78 of 135 votes)

75

9

Joshua Bassett

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

9

10

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

67.66% (724 of 1070 votes)

4

11

Nike

Corporation

100% (1 of 1 votes)

58

11

Lil Nas X

Vocalist

51.72% (45 of 87 votes)

48

12

Zayn Malik

Vocalist

54.43% (178 of 327 votes)

65

12

Gigi Hadid

Model

44.83% (13 of 29 votes)

18

14

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

63.36% (1017 of 1605 votes)

19

14

Kanye West

Vocalist

62.90% (1363 of 2167 votes)

2

15

Scott Disick

TV Personality

100% (13 of 13 votes)

8

16

Ana de Armas

Actress

70.0% (7 of 10 votes)

68

18

Lily Collins

Actress

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

11

19

Justin Bieber

Vocalist

67.12% (2762 of 4115 votes)

28

19

James Corden

Comedian

58.58% (505 of 862 votes)

37

19

Friends (TV)

TV Series

55.38% (72 of 130 votes)

45

19

Lady GaGa

Vocalist

54.78% (63 of 115 votes)

47

19

BTS

Vocalists

54.70% (99 of 181 votes)

50

21

Michael B. Jordan

Actor

53.69% (233 of 434 votes)

6

22

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

84.21% (16 of 19 votes)

61

22

Tanner Buchanan

Actor

50.0% (4 of 8 votes)

16

23

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

63.36% (1017 of 1605 votes)

69

23

Vatican City (Holy See)

Location

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

17

25

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

63.36% (1017 of 1605 votes)

57

25

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

51.76% (44 of 85 votes)

25

26

Lizzo

Vocalist

59.26% (112 of 189 votes)

67

26

Chris Evans (Actor)

Actor

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

54

27

Adele

Musician

52.31% (1560 of 2982 votes)

5

28

Addison Rae

Internet Personality

84.21% (16 of 19 votes)

10

28

Khloe Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

67.66% (724 of 1070 votes)

27

29

James Corden

Comedian

58.58% (505 of 862 votes)

33

29

Billy Porter

Performance Artist

56.22% (122 of 217 votes)

53

29

Amazon.com

Corporation

52.63% (30 of 57 votes)

63

29

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

48.51% (114 of 235 votes)

43

30

The Weeknd

Vocalist

54.84% (51 of 93 votes)

21

32

Machine Gun Kelly (Rapper)

Vocalist

62.70% (696 of 1110 votes)

52

32

Megan Fox

Actress

52.94% (9 of 17 votes)

70

33

Zendaya (Coleman)

Actress

14.29% (2 of 14 votes)

12

34

Meghan Markle

Actress

66.88% (3102 of 4638 votes)

36

34

Oprah Winfrey

TV Personality

55.52% (352 of 634 votes)

55

34

Prince Harry Windsor

Royalty

52.17% (60 of 115 votes)

14

36

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

63.36% (1017 of 1605 votes)

30

37

Shawn Mendes

Vocalist

57.56% (354 of 615 votes)

64

37

Camila Cabello

Vocalist

48.51% (114 of 235 votes)

1

38

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Organization

100% (1 of 1 votes)

42

38

Seth Rogen

Actor

54.95% (111 of 202 votes)

59

39

Chris Pratt

Actor

50.36% (900 of 1787 votes)

32

40

Channing Tatum

Actor

56.54% (108 of 191 votes)

56

40

Zoe Kravitz

Actress

52.11% (37 of 71 votes)

13

41

Jennifer Lopez

Vocalist

64.28% (1787 of 2780 votes)

26

41

Ben Affleck

Actor

59.15% (168 of 284 votes)

34

42

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

56.22% (208 of 370 votes)

71

42

Dylan O'Brien

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

15

43

Kim Kardashian

Socialite

63.36% (1017 of 1605 votes)

46

43

Pete Davidson

Comedian

54.73% (469 of 857 votes)

22

45

Travis Barker

Musician

62.61% (216 of 345 votes)

23

45

Kourtney Kardashian

Celebrity's Relative

60.44% (631 of 1044 votes)

35

46

Ariana Grande

Vocalist

56.19% (59 of 105 votes)

38

47

Olivia Wilde

Actress

55.26% (42 of 76 votes)

49

47

Harry Styles

Vocalist

53.92% (213 of 395 votes)

40

48

Rita Ora

Vocalist

55.17% (48 of 87 votes)

60

48

Taika Waititi

Filmmaker

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

20

49

Kanye West

Vocalist

62.90% (1363 of 2167 votes)

73

49

Irina Shayk

Model

0% (0 of 1 votes)

24

50

Angelina Jolie

Actress

60.40% (688 of 1139 votes)

44

50

The Weeknd

Vocalist

54.84% (51 of 93 votes)