Beyoncé Knowles is always in the spotlight, but she really took the world by storm in 2013. After kicking off the year with an HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, and an unforgettable Super Bowl halftime performance — featuring a Destiny's Child reunion, no less! — she embarked on the Mrs. Carter Show tour, which spanned from April to December. When we say Beyoncé was everywhere this year, we mean it: she became the new face of H&M, landed her her first-ever covers for Shape and British Vogue, and many versions of her starred in Pepsi's ad campaign. But Beyoncé didn't stop there. She debuted a brand-new 'do on Instagram in August, shocking the world with a bold pixie cut, and then changed it again with a blond dye in November! We just can't keep up.
Click through to see her biggest 2013 successes, listen to her new music — a self-titled "visual album" that she released without promotion at midnight on Dec. 13 — and check out the many other exciting moments from Beyoncé's big year. We'll be waiting anxiously to see what Queen Bey has coming up next. Until then, though, be sure to check out our other Best of 2013 coverage.
Could Kate Hudson and her son Bingham be any cuter in their matching shades? The adorable duo grabbed lunch at Bills restaurant in Sydney with Matthew Bellamy on Friday after Kate went shopping solo earlier in the day. Kate, Matthew, and Bing are in Australia because Matthew's band, Muse, has had a string of tour dates there since November. Friday's performance at Allphones Arena marks their last down under and for the year. It's been a big 2013 for both Kate and Matthew — Kate filmed Wish I Was Here, launched her own line of athletic apparel, and continued her partnership with Ann Taylor, all while making time to visit Matthew as he traveled the world for his tour.
Did you hear how Fox News host Megan Kelly said Santa Claus is definitely white? This week, she said, "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. Santa is what he is." This bizarre "war on Christmas" lecture, which also included the assertion that Jesus, too, was white, proved to be perfect fodder for The Daily Show. On Thursday night, Jon Stewart asked, "Who are you actually talking to? Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o'clock at night yet innocent enough to believe Santa Claus is real yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn't white?" Watch his hilarious response to the latest Christmas freak-out in the first clip and then Jon's look into whether the historical Saint Nicholas and Jesus were actually white in the second. It's all just perfect.
Over the past few months, Khloé Kardashian has been making headlines along with her husband, Lamar Odom, after it was revealed that he was suffering from substance abuse problems. The two were on a rocky road for many months but in October it looked as if the two had reconciled their relationship and that Lamar was back on the sober path. However, that all changed in November when a video was leaked that showed Lamar rapping about cheating on Khloé. Now, Khloé is reportedly ready to end her marriage with Lamar for good. We've rounded up a timeline of what led Khloé to this decision.
Lamar is caught on camera destroying a photographer's equipment after he asked the star about the cheating allegations that are being lobbied against him. Khloé defended her husband on Twitter following the incident, writing that she "loves" him. The charges were later dropped, but Lamar agreed that he would pay for any damage that he caused to the photographer's equipment. The couple reportedly say that they are planning to renew their vows in the Fall.
Khloé shares photos of herself with Lamar, including snaps of them snuggling and kissing. The last photo on her Instagram feed of Lamar is from July 29.
Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell is back to work with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, only this time around, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner are in the mix for American Hustle. Is the '70s-set drama worth all the hype? Find out in this week's Watch, Pass, Rent segment!
Beyoncé inspired shock and awe when she dropped a new album out of nowhere on Thursday at midnight, prompting somewhat of an Internet meltdown as fans and celebrities took to Twitter with their excitement. The surprise album, titled Beyoncé, features 14 new songs along with 17 new videos, and the singer calls it a "visual album." As the world tries to process what, exactly, just happened — and how she somehow managed to pull off the surprise — take a look at some of the sweet, hilarious, and appropriately dramatic reactions from celebrities.
Don't talk to me today unless it's about @Beyonce THANX
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) December 13, 2013
I'm sitting here watching THE most artful and perfect project ever....@Beyonce
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 13, 2013
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 13, 2013
For more reactions, just keep reading.
YouTube's Tyler Oakley and POPSUGAR's Becca Frucht have your weekly pop culture fix. This week, they're breaking down the biggest viral hits of the week, including Rebecca Black's "Saturday," Paul Rudd as One Direction's biggest fan Dan Charles on Saturday Night Live, WestJet's Christmas miracle, Home Alone reenacted with pugs, naughty Elf on a Shelf, Trick Shot Titus with Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper, and more! So sit back and enjoy as Tyler and Becca guide you through the latest and greatest from the weird and wonderful web!