20 stars we couldn't stop talking about in 2020

We just couldn’t keep these celebrities’ names out of our mouths this year.
Published December 13, 2020 8:13 a.m. EST
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We have welcomed many distractions during this unpredictable year of 2020, and there has been no shortage of entertaining and controversial moments coming from Hollywood. Think of this as your one-stop guide to the most popular celebs of the year and their achievements and other moments that have helped them steal the spotlight during this crazy time.

Take a look at the 20 stars we couldn't stop talking about in 2020.

Zendaya

Zendaya made history at the 72nd Emmy Awards by becoming the youngest Emmy winner ever in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her performance in Euphoria (streaming now on Crave). Zendaya nearly collapsed when it was announced she’d beaten out actresses Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Laura Linney, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. The 24-year-old actress made all of us fall in love with her Euphoria character, the teen addict Rue who tries to juggle the lies she tells her family about her recovery and the love she has for her best friend, Jules. Although Season 2 of the drama has been delayed due to COVID, she still gave us the capsule episodes just before Christmas. Zendaya appreciates her fans, she wants to open doors for others, and she's aware of her power and craft. We will definitely be talking about her all 2021 with the release of Dune and Spider-Man 3.

Harry Styles


Harry Styles has been making headlines all year long! He blessed us with one of the best collaborations ever in January when he joined Lizzo on stage in Miami Beach to help her perform her hit track "Juice." Harry let everyone know that, just like Lizzo, he is also the baddest bitch. He shocked many of us when he chopped off his signature locks in October, but the "Watermelon Sugar" singer made up for it when he stopped by a superfan's house after his car broke down and fed her fish. Harry made history this year when he became the first male cover star to grace the cover of Vogue solo — and he did it all wearing a Gucci jacket and lace-trimmed dress. He also proved that he has been sent directly from the fashion gods and placed on this earth when he rocked jorts for GucciFest. Please keep the fashion moments coming in 2021!

Dan Levy

Ew, David, why are we so obsessed with you! Canadian actor Dan Levy has been a topic of conversation during all six seasons of Schitt's Creek but even more so this year. Schitt's Creek was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, setting a record for a comedy in its finale season.  Like a true Canadian, Dan was humbled by the overwhelming noms, jokingly calling it “a disgusting amount" before adding, "Listen, Canadians don’t get this kind of recognition that often, so I’m kind of soaking it in!” And then Schitt's Creek went and gave Canadians a massive reason to celebrate after they swept the Emmys, winning a total of nine awards. Dan is the first to win Emmys for acting, writing and directing the same show, all in one night. This is what Canadian excellence looks like. Let's not forget that he also encouraged us to spend our lockdown months wisely and enroll in the University of Alberta's Indigenous Canada course.

Megan Thee Stallion

A round of applause of Megan Thee Stallion. This queen had the best year of her career in 2020, and we couldn't get enough of her. She didn't let her traumatic experience with Tory Lanez stop her from winning. (He has vehemently denied shooting her and pleaded “not guilty” to charges) The “Body” rapper won her legal dispute against 1501 Certified Entertainment, which led her to drop her EP, Suga. That EP caught Beyoncé’s attention, leading to the iconic Savage remix. The Houston Hottie went on to work with Cardi B on their "WAP" collab, shattering records for the song and the music video. She was also named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020, won multiple awards and released her debut album Good News. She also received her first Grammy nominations, making it four at that! Yass queen, keep doing you AHH.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is always making headlines for the good and the bad. On the one hand, she uses her huge platform to help free those who she believes have been wrongfully incarcerated — and we're totally here for that. But on the other hand, she broke many COVID rules, and we couldn't ignore it. She turned 40 in October and celebrated her birthday by renting a private island for her closest friends and family members. She shared pictures from her celebration with a caption that she seemed to think would soften the fact that she basically broke every COVID-19 rule that we’ve all been following for months. Everyone took to social media to mock the reality star with the viral phrase: “After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.” Thanks for the laughs, Kim! This was the social media trend that kept on giving.

Kylie Jenner


Lip kit after lip kit, Kylie Jenner makes bank, but Forbes decided to take the billionaire title away from the KarJenner in May. She was previously named the youngest-ever self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine in March 2019, with Kylie Cosmetics being worth at least $900 million and then she sold a 51 per cent stake in Kylie Cosmetics to Coty for $600 million. But Forbes alleges that Jenner and her momager Kris inflated the success of Kylie Cosmetics. The audacity! “Based on this new information — plus the impact of COVID-19 on beauty stocks and consumer spending — Forbes now thinks that Kylie Jenner, even after pocketing an estimated $340 million after taxes from the sale, is not a billionaire,” the outlet reported. Kylie also made headlines after she randomly appeared in the "WAP" music video, and fans were not happy. She made a 20-second cameo in a leopard print outfit, flowing down a hallway in slo-mo. Fans of Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B hated it so much that they created a Change.org petition to remove her. ELLE OH ELLE.

Travis Scott

We're always wondering if Trav and Kylie are back together, and sources claimed they made it official (again) this year. The "Highest In The Room" rapper continued to make headlines this year for different collabs (sorry, Kylie). The most notable one was his collab with McDonald's. The rapper joined forces with the fast-food restaurant for the "Cactus Jack" meal, which consisted of a quarter-pounder meal with bacon, lettuce, barbecue sauce, fries and a Sprite. Millennial and Gen Z customers pulled up to drive-thrus and blasted the rapper's songs like "Sicko Mode," saying, "you know what I'm here for." Eight days after the collab began, McDonald's reported ingredient shortages tied to the promotion. In September, Travis was fined over an unauthorized gathering celebrating the launch of his McDonald's meal.  He also deactivated his Instagram account following backlash from his Batman costume but don't worry, ragers, he is back on the gram.

Jennifer Lopez

At the beginning of 2020, Jennifer Lopez's real-life Hustlers character Ramon (but actually Samantha Barbash) was suing her production company for $40 million in damages for using her likeness to make over $150 million. By the end of 2020, Barbash lost her libel suit against the film and JLo invested in a new $40 million home in Miami Beach after debating buying the New York Mets. She was also named the pop culture innovator of the year by WSJ. Magazine and received the People's Icon Award from the  2020 People’s Choice Awards. She also blessed us with her super sexy duet with Maluma at the American Music Awards and released some album art in her birthday suit for her new single "In The Morning." We stan this icon!

Demi Lovato


We were so happy for Demi Lovato when she got engaged to Max Ehrich in July, four months after the world found out that they were even a couple. But that was short-lived because the couple called it quits two months after he put a ring on it. Max publicly begged Demi to take him back in an emotional Facebook post, and he was caught sulking on the beach in some paparazzi shots (who he probably called on himself). Lucky for Demi fans, a dramatic breakup equals new music, and she released a surprise song, "Still Have Me," in September. Demi hosted the E! People's Choice Awards, and she changed her look multiple times. Her fans loved the wig changes and all the beautiful dresses, but one person had something to say about her opening monologue *cue the jealous ex-fiancé.* “I got engaged… I got unengaged," Demi said. Ehrich went straight to Demi's Instagram page and wrote, “Exploiting our breakup for clout at PCA is not chill," before adding, “Stop talking about me on award shows. Thanks.” Bye Max!

Nicki Minaj

The Barbz welcomed a new family member this year after Nicki Minaj gave birth to her son on September 30. Nicki shared photos of all the gifts she received from her celebrity friends and told the world that she is "so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love." She first announced her pregnancy back in July with an epic Instagram photo shoot that showed off her baby bump. Motherhood isn't the only news that kept Onika in the spotlight. She landed a family sitcom after signing a deal with ABC Family to produce and appear in a new comedy series based on her childhood growing up in Queens. She's working on a docuseries with HBO Max that promises to give fans an inside look at the rapper’s life. More Nicki on our screens in 2021, please!

Miley Cyrus

The world fell in love with TikTok star Nathan Apodaca for his skateboarding video drinking Ocean Spray's cranberry juice while lipsynching to Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," and then Miley Cyrus went and released a much-needed mashup with Stevie Nicks. The Nicks collaboration is a mashup between Miley’s  “Midnight Sky” and Stevie’s classic “Edge of Seventeen." In November, she released her seventh album, Plastic Hearts, and said she was "overwhelmed by the support" she received for the album. Music aside, Miley has been candid with her fans this year, and she opened up about how the pandemic has affected her. She revealed that she had a lapse in sobriety earlier this year, and she's also revealed what led to her breakup from ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. "There was too much conflict,” she said. “When I come home, I want to be anchored by someone. I don’t get off on drama or fighting.” We love an honest queen!

Shawn Mendes

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes has made headlines all year with Camila Cabello, and then they got a puppy named Tarzan. The limit to puppy content does not exist, so thank you, Shawn, for brightening this crazy time. Shawn released his Netflix doc, Shawn Mendes: In Wonder, which gives fans an inside look at his life and journey toward self-discovery while chronicling the past few years of his rise and 109-show, world arena tour. It also features a ton of Shawmila content, showing the behind-the-scenes of their very public relationship. During his very busy 2020, Shawn also found time to create an entire album during quarantine and then release it. His fourth studio album, Wonder, features his collaboration with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and a handful more songs about his love for Camilla. He also said he would be bringing Camila and Tarzan home for the holidays and that the three of them “might never leave.” Maybe there will be a move for the couple in 2021?

 

Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift released her eighth studio album, Folklore, and it became the first album of 2020 to sell 1 million copies after it was released in July. (Fans got a treat of even more music with the release of Evermore a few months afterwards.) She broke her own record at the American Music Awards with now 32 total AMA wins and confirmed that she’d begun re-recording her first six albums in her acceptance speech for Artist of the Year at the 2020 American Music Awards. “The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it,” Swift said in her pre-taped acceptance speech. “So, it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.” She also surprised fans with a concert film for Disney+ in late November.

Cardi B

"WAP" was literally one of the only things people could talk about this year. The super-sexy music video for the Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B collab set the interview on fire, and it broke a record for the most views in 24 hours by an all-female collaboration on YouTube. The song went RIAA Gold in just ONE WEEK. It also became the first female rap collaboration in history to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard chart. Cardi also made headlines this year for filing for divorce from her husband Offset in September and taking him back by October. She filed her dismissal “without prejudice,” which basically means that should she ever want to pursue this divorce petition again, she will have that right. Act right Offset! In happier news, Cardi was named Billboard's Woman of The Year, and she left us with an iconic quote: “I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself,” she said. “I like justice. I like to work and be creative. But I also like popping my p***y.”

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny set an industry milestone this year! His latest album El Último Tour del Mundo, is the first album entirely in Spanish to top the Billboard 200 chart in the 64-year history of the all-genre chart. Billboard also notes that two albums "mostly" in Spanish that have taken the top spot before are Il Divo’s Ancora and Selena's Dreaming of You, but the Puerto Rican rapper is the first to reach No. 1 with his lyrics entirely in Spanish. Guess what the previous highest-charting all-Spanish-language album was earlier this year? YUP, Bad Bunny's YHLQMDLG  debuted at No. 2 on the chart. The "Yo Perreo Sola" rapper was Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2020, and we can't forget his performance in Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2. Bad Bunny also surprised New Yorkers with a live-streamed concert from a flatbed truck driving through the Bronx, Washington Heights, and it stopped in front of Harlem Hospital to thank frontline workers, basically making him the champion of 2020.

The Weeknd

It’s been an extremely successful year for The Weeknd (all 2020 jokes aside), who won three big awards at the 2020 American Music Awards; he's entertained us with numerous performances and recently announced that he’s playing the Super Bowl halftime show (airing on CTV) the weekend following the Grammys. But during 2021 Grammy nominations, the Canadian singer was surprisingly missing from the list even though his hit “Blinding Lights” and chart-topping album After Hours were totally eligible this year. *Scratches head* The Weeknd called the Grammy's "corrupt" and got into a back-and-forth with Recording Academy Interim President Harvey Mason Jr., who denied any wrongdoing by the Grammy organization. Mason Jr. said that he thought “Blinding Lights” “had a shot [at winning] as well,” but here we are. The best thing to do in this situation is to go stream After Hours and watch the official music video for his collab with Maluma, “Hawái Remix.”

Justin Bieber

Canadian singer Justin Bieber has had a busy 2020. His YouTube Originals series Justin Bieber: Seasons was released in January, and it gave us a deeper look into the "Yummy" singer's life. The 10-episode docuseries chronicled the making of his first album in four years and gave his fans a look into his creative process. Following the series, Bieber released his album Changes in February after nearly two months of promotion and hype. He made headlines for his controversial moustache, which he eventually ditched, and he planned a 2020 hour for his new album. Like every other musician, Bieber was forced to postpone his entire 2020 tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a strange twist of events, Bieber wasn't happy about his four Grammy nominations because he truly believed his album was R&B and not Pop. But fear not, Beliebers, Justin is here to end 2020 with a bang. The Canadian pop star announced his first concert in three years will be a live stream event that will take place on New Year's Eve.

Tayshia Adams

 

Tayshia Adams swooped in during the last minute of 2020 to save Bachelor Nation. Following the hasty exit of Clare Crawley, who fell in love with Dale in under two minutes and ignored the rest of the men, Tayshia came to save the day (or season). Her season of The Bachelorette has made headlines for tackling some very serious topics such as Black Lives Matter, racism in America, misogyny and sexism, mental health, eating disorders, among others. Tayshia's love story will conclude by the end of December, but we're sure she will continue to be a topic of discussion throughout the new year.

Beyoncé

Queen Bey is on our minds every day, all day, any year, any time. This year she released Black Is King on Disney+, paying homage to Black history and culture. The Beyhive instantly became obsessed with the visual album, which Beyoncé helped write, direct, and produce. It was originally intended to be released with her 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift but eventually grew into its own standalone project. Bey took 2020 by storm when she jumped on the "Savage Remix" with fellow Houston hottie Megan Thee Stallion. In short, Beyoncé topped the nominees for the 2021 Grammy awards, earning two noms in the record of the year category for her solo track "Black Parade" and her remix with Meg. She also received seven more across seven more categories, demonstrating her versatility. All hail Queen Bey.

Kanye West

What a year 2020 was for Kanye West. He really thought we were all about to see FLOTUS Kim Kardashian when he announced his 2020 presidential bid for the US election. He announced the news on the 4th of July on Twitter, writing, "We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States." In the typical Kanye fashion, the rapper voted for himself. He tweeted that he was voting for the first time in his entire life... and the vote was going to himself. Kanye loves Kanye, and that's a fact. Shockingly... Kanye did not win, BUT he did get nominated for a Grammy after he urinated on his past Grammy awards in a video he posted to his favourite social media platform —Twitter.