A whole lot happened in the world of celebrities over 2015! We said hello again to one of our favourite British performers, while Canadians killed it on the music charts; discovered breakout stars with success in both TV and films; and watched as a U.S. Olympian found the courage to be herself, and start new conversations around the world.
Here are 10 stars we loved watching in 2015, and who will surely remember the year for the many milestones they achieved!
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It started with a Vanity Fair cover in June on which the former Bruce Jenner asked the world to “Call Me Caitlyn.” A TV interview with Diane Sawyer followed, along with an E! reality series. And with that, Caitlyn Jenner has become arguably the most recognizable face of today’s transgender movement.
In the process, she’s opened up conversation about gender identity, forging new understanding around those in the population so often misunderstood.
Until October, when Adele released her first tease of new music on British TV, we hadn’t heard from the 27-year-old singer in years. But since that day, we’ve become obsessed all over again.
The British songstress returned to the scene in a big way, with just a one-month build up to the release of her third album “25.” Of course we all know what happened next, proving if you’re a badass queen with a flawless voice, people will
still buy music.
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The commanding star of “How to Get Away With Murder,” Viola Davis entertains the masses week after week with her portrayal of the powerful and complicated (to say the least) Annalise Keating on Shonda Rhimes’ sudsy thriller.
And her work has not gone unnoticed. In September Davis became the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series for her role in the series.
TV audiences said goodbye to Chris Pratt’s lovable “Parks and Recreation” character Andy Dwyer in early 2015, before saying hello to Chris Pratt the full-fledged movie star in “Jurassic World.”
Front and centre in the blockbuster, and everywhere during its promo tour, the world fully fell for the goofy, endearing, and hot(!) actor, deserving of leading man status.
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From his talk show apology tour to his Comedy Central roast, and his latest hit single, Justin Bieber made one thing abundantly clear in 2015: he’s sorry.
And with the release of his much-hyped new album “Purpose” in November, we’re fully willing to move on and embrace the Biebs!
Starting with his infectiously catchy “Where Are U Now” collab with Diplo and Skrillex, leading into “What Do You Mean” and “Sorry,” JB has given our ears new “Purpose,” and we’re not complaining.
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Amy Schumer broke out in a big way in 2015, as the second season of her Comedy hit “Inside Amy Schumer” reached new audiences while unapologetically tackling sexism, aging in Hollywood, and Bill Cosby, among other topics.
And that was even before she hosted the MTV Movie Awards, and released her hit film “Trainwreck.”
Her sharp wit and comedic acting chops have her racking up all kinds of accolades, including an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and two Golden Globe nods for “Trainwreck.”
Eddie Redmayne spent the first few months of 2015 accepting all the awards -- punctuated by an adorably earnest Oscar speech -- for his role in 2014’s “The Theory of Everything.”
He then followed it up with another award-worthy performance in “The Danish Girl,” which saw its world premiere at TIFF in September.
Heading into 2016, he’s once again up for a SAG Award and Golden Globe, with all signs pointing to another Oscar nomination.
That’s one heck of a hot streak he followed through 2015, with all the talent to back it up.
In a year that saw Stephen Colbert replace David Letterman, and Trevor Noah replace Jon Stewart, we found ourselves constantly tickled by Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” replacement James Corden.
Virtually unknown to North Americans before the big late night shakeup, Corden’s endeared himself to audiences with his silly and sweet vibe, from performing a modern-day “Ironic” with Alanis Morissette to belting out carpool karaoke with the likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction.
A shout out’s also in order to fellow late-night Brit John Oliver, whose “Last Week Tonight” is consistently topical, biting, and darn funny.
It was pretty much impossible in 2015 to turn on the radio, go on the internet, or check out Instagram without being reminded Taylor Swift is ruling the world with her squad of famous friends, not to mention her hot DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris.
The 26-year-old superstar took us along for all the star-packed highlights of her 1989 world tour thanks to social media. Along the way, she gave us all new #squadgoals, while growing her fanbase, both famous and otherwise.
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You’d be hard pressed to find an awards show stage The Weeknd didn’t step onto to perform or accept a trophy in 2015.
This was the 25-year-old Toronto musician’s breakout year, which found him not only lauded at the Junos and the MMVAs, but the AMAs, BET Awards and more. Now he heads into 2016 with seven Grammy nods, having spawning chart-topping singles from his album “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
Along with Drake, whose “Views from the 6” and single “Hotline Bling” hit huge in 2015, Toronto is taking over international music charts!