Defining Moments of 2014

  1. The ALS Ice bucket challenge exploded when Instagram users posted videos of themselves being doused with ice water in a show of support for the fight against those with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Celebrities were also involved posting on their own social media pages. Senior Ryann Guerra comments, “ I think people didn’t know much about the ALs Ice Bucket Challenge until celebrities started to post the videos, and that could be where the trend boomed from.”

  2. The Kim Kardashian moments include her nude photoshoot which sparked many controversies over the beauty of the feminine physique. She was also harshly criticised for being a mother doing the photoshoot. The internet has exploded with meme’s and photoshops regarding these photos. Kim Kardashian has also released her hit game, Kim Kardashian:Hollywood, which players can interact with the world of Kim Kardashian and fight for their way up to the top of the celebrity food chain.

  3. Ariana Grande is a booming singer who released her first hit album earlier this year. Shortly after having her show cancelled on Television network Nickelodeon, she released her album and her first hit Problem featuring Iggy Azalea. Grande has also performed her hit single with fellow singers Nicki Minaj and Jessie James. Their performances at the VMA’s stunned the crowd. At the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Grande was hit by an angel’s wings and her photo became a top trend in which she laughed and tweeted in response.

  4. Nicki Minaj has shaken up 2014 with hit songs such as Pills N Potions, Anaconda, and Bang Bang with collaborators Jessie James and Ariana Grande. Anaconda has broken the record for most views within 24 hours with over 19 million views. Nicki Minaj also changed her aesthetic during 2014, going for a more natural look instead of the colorful outfits she usually adorns.

  5. Pharrell Williams released his hit single/ soundtrack Happy from the movie Despicable Me 2. This soundtrack was featured almost every hour on popular radio stations such as KissFM and AMPradio. This track continues to remain on the list of most popular pop songs. Freshman Milton Mak states that, “It is hard to tell, but his fame will probably die down despite Pharrell Williams being a judge on the voice because happy was a hit single and he does not release music as constantly as other more popular singers do.”

  6. Miley Cyrus during 2014 has created many trending moments from her VMa performance to her music video to Wrecking Ball. After cutting and dyeing her her, Miley has changed from the girl everyone knew, she brought twerking to fame after her famous instagram video, and shocked the world with her VMA performance with singer Robin Thicke in which she danced provocatively on him while he sang Blurred Lines. She also released her Wrecking Ball music video which garnered alot of views and even has it’s own game!

  7. Taylor Swift is another actor that has sparked many trends this year. She now shows off a shorter hairstyle and red lipstick. She also released her newest album 1989, which features her hit songs Shake it Off as well as Blank Space in which her videos have been the topic of many discussions. Senior Kandis Jew adds that, “ She deserved all the fame because unlike others, she composes all her songs by herself, and relates her lyrics to her audience rather than just her personal life. She has also worked very hard for everything she has become now.”

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