29 December 2009

Back to '09: A Year in Review

I've spent the last two days recapping the decade, but now let's take a look at this year. When you think back to '09, what will you remember most?

Let's be honest -- after Obama's inauguration when everyone and her grandmother descended upon DC, the rest of the year was kind of a drag. Luckily the cast of Glee was there to cheer us up with a little song and dance.

In TV land, anything vampires-related was golden as Vampire Diaries and True Blood garnered lots of viewers. There was also much going and coming on the talk show circuit. In March, Jimmy Fallon took over for Conan O'Brien who then took over for Jay Leno in June. Jay Leno didn't go anywhere though as he made the switch to prime time. Sadly not many people made the switch with him. Oprah, and most recently Tyra, announced that they'll be saying "Au revoir" to their talk shows as we all say "How you doing?" to the Wendy Williams Show. As the reality TV world turned, we were surprised when Khloe Kardashian married Lamar Odom and Jon was minus Kate and their eight. Not so surprisingly, more people left The Hills and headed for the Jersey Shore.

In the music world, 2009 came to be known as the "Year of the GaGa." Lady G ruled the charts with hit after hit and kept heads turning with her wild style. She released another album and even got to perform for the queen all the while closing out the year with an amazing video about a Bad Romance. Even more shocking than GaGa's many outfits was the fight between Chris Brown and Rihanna. Although he's claimed for months that he's a Changed Man, Chris' Twitter rant against Wal-Mart showed us that he's still the same scumbag who beat up his girlfriend. Unlike Chris, Rihanna didn't need to be on TV every other week talking to the press about the incident because she was too busy in the studio telling her side of the story on her album. Rated R is much darker than her Umbrella days and is one of the best albums of the year.

Susan Boyle sure Dreamed a Dream. Who knew that a 48-year-old woman from Scotland would be the biggest Cinderella story of the year? She went from a YouTube viral sensation to the top-selling album of the year. Taylor Swift also had quite a year. After surviving being publicly humiliated by Kanye West (dude, just Blame It on the alcohol), the public really felt a kinship with her as she went on to become one of the most awarded artists of the year.

As I said earlier, vampires on TV are golden and this most certainly rings true on the big screen too. For months people counted down to New Moon and talked about Taylor Lautner's abs. Now there's a countdown to Taylor's 18th birthday (44 days) and the release of Eclipse (183 days). Since we're talking numbers, this year's "little movie that could" was (500) Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. I'm so glad it's nominated for a Golden Globe and my friend's so glad JGL's nominated as well. One of the biggest movies of the year was The Hangover which, of course, I still haven't seen. This year's box office is ending on a high note with Avatar. I haven't seen it yet either, but any movie with Michelle Rodriguez is fine by me. (Like Fast & Furious which I just saw yesterday. So good. I ♥ Vin Diesel & Paul Walker!)

And in other news:
The Yankees won the World Series. We worriedly followed a boy in a balloon, except he wasn't really in it. The "situation" became an entirely different situation. Facebook users fell for Farmville. Shia got a girlfriend. Taylor Swift is dating Taylor Lautner. Kevin Jonas traded in his promise ring for a wedding ring. We found out that Tiger Woods isn't such a wholesome guy after all. Miley Cyrus danced on a pole at the Teen Choice Awards and deleted her Twitter. Did I mention she's also dating her co-star from The Last Song and they were recently spotted making out in Paris? That should give us some news for next year's recap.

On a sad note, from the King of Pop to an original Angel to a famed DJ, 2009 was a year in which we lost many of the greats. R.I.P.

Natasha Richardson

Bea Arthur

Ed McMahon

Farrah Fawcett

Michael Jackson

Ted Kennedy


Patrick Swayze

Brittany Murphy

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