We can hardly believe 2014 is coming to a close. (Seriously, how is it already December?) From weddings to pregnancy announcements, celebs have kept us tweeting and double tapping all year long. And just what were the most epic events? Keep scrolling for a recap of the events that #BroketheInternet this year.
1. Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine Cover: Just when we thought Kimye’s Vogue editorial spread and over-the-top wedding was grabbing all the attention for the year, she partnered with Paper Magazine and photographer Jean-Paul Goode to bare it all. We’re just left wondering how Kim plans to top this in 2015.
2. Ellen’s Christmas Card Parody: From Halloween costumes to annual holiday cards, Ellen loves to parody her celeb friends. Right on the heels of Kim K’s revealing shoot, Ellen and wife Portia decided to follow suit with a cheeky Christmas card.
3. Blake Lively: Actress-turned-lifestyle-entrepreneur turned to her passion project, Preserve.us, to announce her pregnancy with hunky hubby Ryan Reynolds by posting a gorgeous photo featuring her bump. Since then, we’ve been keeping a close eye on her killer maternity style and pinning all the baby shower inspo she delivered in October.
4. Beyoncé 7/11: Queen Bey decided to revolutionize the way artists drop albums (and blow our minds) with a secret release of her eponymous visual album last December. After a flawless year of ever-changing hair styles, show-stopping performances (“Drunk in Love,” anyone?) and an incredibly successful On the Run tour with hubby Jay Z, Beyoncé decided responded to rumors of a follow-up album drop with a homemade hotel room video. Balcony dancing, chair spinning, bathroom shenanigans, a foot phone, GoPro footage, a Christmas sweater montage — what’s not to love? Bey lets us in on the best slumber party ever and after watching it one (or five) times, fans worldwide created their own versions of 7/11.
5. Ellen’s Oscars Selfie: It was the tweet seen around the world. With over three million retweets, Ellen’s celeb-studded selfie broke Twitter. We gotta say, Bradley Cooper’s selfie game is on point — he captured over ten celebs in a single snap. Consider us impressed.
6. LC’s wedding: When she got engaged last year, we knew 2014 would be a countdown to Mrs. Tell’s big day. Lauren kept us in the loop with wedding inspo for days: BTS pics of her bachelorette bash in Cabo, bridesmaid gift ideas, welcome gifts and wedding favors, her rose gold ring set and the post-wedding chop heard ’round the world.
7. #IceBucketChallenge: Everyone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube got creative with their nominations to support the cause. The viral challenge even has its own Halloween costume that benefits ALS.
8. Celeb photo leaks: JLaw and about 100 other celebs’ private selfies were hacked in “The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014,” causing concern about the cloud’s security. It not only raised concerns about Apple’s iCloud security parameters, but also a Twitter conversation encouraging others to respect women’s privacy and refrain from posting and viewing the photos.
9. Pharrell’s Hat: Compared to the headgear of a Canadian Mountie, the Arby’s logo and Yosemite Sam, Pharrell’s hat made a mega appearance at this year’s Grammys, garnering its own Twitter account. Either way, his hits kept us Happy. (via @pharrell)
10. Ferguson: The case of Michael Brown’s murder turned into a movement that really blew up online. Twitter has become a platform for people to reveal different sides to the story than what the media may portray, and crowdfunding is helping damaged businesses to rebuild and recover from the latest Ferguson riots. (via Buzzfeed)
11. PSY Broke YouTube: No, this isn’t a flashback to 2012. “Gangnam Style” broke YouTube’s view counter just this week. In a statement posted on their Google + page, YT explained: “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. “Gangnam Style” has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!”
Did we miss any trending topics that broke the Internet this year? Tell us in the comments.