As the year 2020 draws to an end, recalling some of the most memorable celebrity moments of the trial-stricken year offers a welcome consolation.
There's no denying that 2020 was a tough year, filled with trials and an overall test of the world's yield point. Amid all the sad happenings, some remarkable moments of this year are worth remembering, as they managed to put smiles on faces against the odds.
Remarkably, some of these moments came to realization thanks to the activities of the world's demi idols called celebrities. From epic movie twists to romantic entanglements, here are some iconic celebrity moments the world still can't get over.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle visiting to Canada House in on January 7, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images
THE SUSSEXES' ROYAL EXIT
The Sussex Royals, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, gave the world the first shock of the year, with the announcement of their step-down from royal duties.
Queen Elizabeth, the British monarch, backed Harry and Markle's decision to the surprise of many. Although the Sussexes' royal exit meant the forfeiture of their royal titles, the couple stood by their decision.
They moved to Canada shortly after to begin their lives as regular citizens. The move, which came to be termed Megxit, remained the most-discussed topic for several months until the novel coronavirus pandemic swept through the globe like a whirlwind.
LIZZO HONORS KOBE BRYANT
NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away on January 26, alongside his daughter and six others, following a helicopter crash. Coincidentally, his death fell on the same day as the scheduled 2020 Grammy Awards show.
As a result, the event's venue was shifted to the Staples Center to honor the late star. Singer Lizzo opened the event with a declaration that the night was for Kobe before rendering the tear-jerking song performance of a lifetime.
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CHLOE X HALLE'S "UNGODLY HOUR"
The month was June, resonating with the death of George Floyd, another victim of police brutality. As the world mourned Floyd's demise, with incessant chants of "Black Live Matters," the singing duo Chloe X Halle released "Ungodly Hour."
The album dropped barely three weeks after Floyd's demise, featuring tracks that offered hope of something bigger than the moment. That something, even if as insignificant as the "dance floor," was certainly worth living for, and many held on to it.
GWEN STEFANI GOT ENGAGED
A recount of the year would not be complete without mentioning the big engagement. Blake Shelton finally popped the question. The couple announced their engagement on October 27, 2020, to the delight of everyone.
DISSING THE NBA IN PROTEST
The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted a lot of activities, including sports lineups, movie premieres, and school calendars. Many major leagues had to reschedule or cancel several games in line with COVID-19 safety protocols.
At the peak of the disruptive plague, police brutality heightened, claiming several lives, including George Floyd and Jacob Blake. In a slight turn of events, the world of sports joined the "Black Lives Matters" demonstrations.
The Milwaukee Bucks walked away from their playoff against Orlando Magic. The move drew the line in the war against police brutality as the NBA canceled other lineups for the day as a result.
PITT AND ANISTON'S REUNION
The reunion fans had all been waiting for happened at the 2020 SAG Awards as actor Brad Pitt met up with his ex-wife, Jennifer Anniston. Both snagged awards that night.
Pitt for his performance in "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," and Aniston for her role on "The Morning Show." The camera panned between the exes, picking up Aniston's smile as she cheered on during the actor's award acceptance speech.
Brad Pitt at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Ad Astra" at The Cinerama Dome on September 18, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
Pitt also raised brows when he watched his ex-wife's speech with admiration, from backstage, making sure not to miss a moment. As the night wrapped up, a photographer caught the duo holding hands.
The image was taken while they had a brief exchange, raising speculations of a possible reconnection. Now that the year has come to an end, there's definitely a lot to be thankful for, given that the trials gave way to several positive turning points.