In 2016, we said a number of painful goodbyes. Some were devastating (RIP Prince), while others were more welcomed. We have a particular hair cut in mind.
From superstars we lost to couples that called it quits, check out the biggest goodbyes of 2016.
Vine took its final six seconds on the world stage this year and said good bye, but not before leaving a lasting imprint thanks to a long list of now-famous Vine stars, including Canada’s very own Shawn Mendes. Back in 2013, Mendes’ gained a following by posting six second covers of pop songs on Vine, leading to a record deal and as we now know, world domination. Thank you, Vine.
Stars on Social
While Instagram is one social media platform still going strong, its membership list took a sizable hit in 2016. Following online bullying and negative messages, Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Daisy Ridley all shut down their Instagram accounts. This is why we can’t have nice things.
In 2016, the world said good bye to some of this generations most influential artists. British singer George Michael tragically passed away at age 53. David Bowie lost his private battle with liver cancer at age 69, passing away only two days after the release of his 25th and final solo album Blackstar. Critically acclaimed film and theatre actor Alan Rickman, best known to younger audiences as Serverus Snape, passed away at age 69 on January 14. A founding member of the influential hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, rapper Phife Dawg was working on the trio’s sixth studio album when he died of complications from diabetes at age 45. Nine-time Grammy winner Prince died suddenly in his home in Minnesota in April at age 57. Legendary boxer, actor and activist Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3 at age 74. Canadian poet, singer and author Leonard Cohen passed away at 82, just weeks after releasing his fourteenth studio album. Canadian actor and musician Alan Thicke suffered a fatal heart attack while playing hockey. Screen legend Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away at age 99. Soul singer Sharon Jones, actor Florence Henderson, actor Gene Wilder, actor Anthon Yelchin, wrestler Chyna, director Garry Marshall, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, singer Natalie Cole, rocker Lemmy Kilmister, singer Christina Grimmie, writer Harper Lee, comedian Garry Shandling, actor Doris Roberts and actor Alexis Arquette all passed away in 2016.
Why can’t we be friends? First up was Taylor Swift and Kanye West, who had beat the odds and called a truce six years after “Immaletyoufinish-gate.” The good times were short-lived, with Swift blasting West after he released a misogynist lyric about the singer. West’s wife Kim Kardashian quickly clapped back, posting a phone call between West and Swift where it sounds like Swift is giving the lyric the ‘okay.’
Because he was a part of what feels like every headline this year, West was also in the line of fire for tweets sent by rapper Kid Cudi. West made peace with Cudi, but fellow target Drake did not, instead releasing an insensitive rap about his former friend.
Boy Bands and Girl Groups
One Direction’s end became apparent in 2015 with the exit of Zayn Malik, but it wasn’t until March 2016 that the remaining band members officially began their hiatus from 1D. While all five original members of One Direction have remained in the public eye, we’re still only cautiously optimistic for a full reunion someday. But 1D don’t get the monopoly on band break ups in 2016.
Girl group Fifth Harmony made it in just under the wire, with Camila Cabello announcing her exit from the band on December 18. The remaining four members have pledged to stay together, and were trying to remain positive, but we remember four British guys who also said they’d stay together after a member left.
Downton Abbey, the PBS drama that swept award shows and made tea time the most divinely dramatic part of the day, went through for the final time for North American audiences in 2016, taking with it beloved characters, loving storylines, scandals galore, and Mary’s bad attitude.
American Idol crowned its final winner, ending after 15 seasons and approximately eight successful contestants.
Rob Coddry’s dark comedy Children’s Hospital, crime series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber, Showtimes’ House of Lies, HBO’s Looking, comedy series The Jim Gaffigan Show, Melissa McCarthy’s Mike and Molly, animated comedy Moonbeam City, late night political series The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, science crusaders Mythbusters, pop culture series The Soup and 1970s rock show Vinyl all said good bye in 2016.
2016 was a tough year for abbreviated names. Brangelina shocked the world with news of their separation, while Tayvin and then Hiddleswift scored a few shocking points (call us when you hit your five year anniversary). Aubrih decided to work work work alone, though we still have hope Drake and Rihanna will rekindle their relationship for the 13th time.
Among other celebrity couples we said good bye to in 2016 are Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderamma, Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart, Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, and Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger.
The Weeknd’s Hair
Hair today, gone tomorrow. In order to morph into his new alter ego Starboy, Toronto native The Weeknd decided to chop off his famous hair. Not since Keri Russell chopped off Felicity’s curls and Justin Bieber buzzed his luscious swoop has a haircut had such an effect on the public. The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, spoke with Radio DJ Zane Lowe about his new ‘do, saying, “I was thinking about it for a bit. The vision wasn’t there anymore. It was there, and then, just like, the music was getting really sad…It was the greatest feeling of all time (cutting his hair). It was so good. I could sleep better, I felt lighter, when I perform I perform better. I feel better, it’s cool…the best part about it is I get to wear f**king hats again.”
The United States
We’re just kidding…kinda.