2016 has been filled with some seriously sad pop culture moments: from the deaths of Prince and David Bowie to a presidential election that made our heads spin and left our country totally divided, 2016 made us ready for 2017. But it wasn’t all bad. Here are our favorite pop culture moments from the year.
THE FINAL FIVE
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman took home the team gold and all of our hearts at the Rio Olympics.
THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW
Beyonce and Bruno Mars rolled up to the Super Bowl halftime show and all but stole it. Beyonce showed off her first ever performance of Formation, released just a day before.
LEONARDO AND HIS OSCAR
Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home his first Oscar, for his performance in The Revenant, melting hearts and giving the internet all the memes.
The term “nasty woman” took the internet by storm after Donald Trump’s under-his-breath insult toward Hillary Clinton during a debate. Earlier in the year, Hillary clinched the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, proving that girls can become the president of the United States or do anything else they want to do.
GILMORE GIRLS RETURN
Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel continued their roles as the Gilmore girls on the even-smaller screen in the Netflix revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The Logan/Jess/Dean debate is once again alive and well and all of our favorite characters (Kirk, Sookie, Lane, the town troubadour) showed up to help make 2016 okay again.
Beyonce reappeared in 2016 in a big way, in the form of an epic HBO film and brand spanking new album, featuring artists Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake, and Kendrick Lamar. Is it okay to declare B the Queen of 2016?
Netflix surprised everyone with their glorious breakout sci-fi series, Stranger Things, and had the entire internet rooting for Barb. Here’s hoping for even stranger things in 2017.