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2013: The Pop Culture Year In Review

Best Live Performance: Beyonce at the Super Bowl
Best Video Game: Grand Theft Auto V
Best Baby (Quantified): The Royal Baby
America’s Sweetheart: Jennifer Lawrence
New Zealand’s Sweetheart: Lorde
Best Hip-Hop Album: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
Best Circa-1982 Roller Rink Album: HAIM, Days Are Gone
Biggest Tour: Justin Timberlake
PR Stunt That Worked: Miley Cyrus on the VMAs
PR Stunt That Didn’t Work: Anything hyping Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP
Well, I Guess That Was That: The N’Sync Reunion
Just Stop Talking: Kanye West
Trained Monkey: Justin Bieber’s
Untrained Monkey: Justin Bieber
That’s Quite Enough of: “Twerking”
Five-minute Fad: Harlem Shake
Lines: Blurred
Punk: Daft
New Awards Show Nobody Understands: The YouTube Awards
New Network Nobody Understands: The Esquire Network
Show Everyone Will Love in Two Years: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Glad to See This Guy Back, Even If I Don’t Watch His Show: Michael J. Fox
Less Funny, More Brilliant: The Fourth Season of Arrested Development
Worst “Clever” Idea for a Series Finale Season: Setting How I Met Your Mother over the course of a weekend
Most Hyped Series Finale: Breaking Bad
Most Creative Series Finale: Eastbound & Down
Most Unfortunate Tornado: Sharknado
Died: Brian Griffin, Family Guy
Came Back to Life: Brian Griffin, Family Guy
False Advertising: Super Fun Night
We Are Canceled: We Are Men
Snappiest Dialogue (US): The Newsroom
Snappiest Dialogue (UK): The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode
Wait, What are the Rules Again?: Million Second Quiz
Oh My God This Is Terrible: Dads
Thing You Have to DVR if You Want to Get All of The Amazing Race: The Good Wife
Worst Wedding: Red
Best Guest Host: John Oliver on The Daily Show
New Black: Orange
Best Show About People Supposed to be Charismatic Not Featuring Many Charismatic Characters: House of Cards
Best Use of Space: Gravity
Most Convincing Old-Man Makeup: Bad Grandpa
Solid Sequels: Iron Man 3, Anchorman 2
Harrison Ford Overacting Alert: 42
Should’ve Been Better: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Should’ve Been Worse: Pain & Gain
Cleverest Movie No One Saw: It’s a Disaster
Hugh Jackman with Adamantium Claws: The Wolverine
Hugh Jackman with a Superfluous Scrotum Hanging from His Neck: Movie 43
Here We Go Again (Schwarzennegger): The Last Stand
Here We Go Again (Stallone): Grudge Match
Here We Go Again (Schwarzenegger/Stallone): Escape Plan
Um, Okay: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
Sure, Whatever You Say: The Last Exorcism Part II
Best James Franco Performance in a Non-James-Franco Role: Spring Breakers
Best James Franco Performance in a James Franco Role: This Is the End
Khaaaaaaaaaan!: Star Trek Into Darkness
Quirky: Frances Ha
Fancy: The Great Gatsby
Woody: Blue Jasmine
Not-Epic: Epic
Ladies and Gentlemen Will You Please Rise for President Jamie Foxx: White House Down
Best Use of a Battleship as a Baseball Bat: Pacific Rim
Zero Interest: 2 Guns
You Know What We Need? Men In Black, Only with Ghosts: R.I.P.D.
I Hate My: Jobs
Die Hard Meets Home Alone: You’re Next
Movie About Vikings, Not a Movie About Led Zeppelin: Hammer of the Gods
Warmest Color: Blue
When Do I See You?: Now You See Me
Best Thing Lee Daniels Did in 2013, Presumably: Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Best Year to Come: 2014

Article written by C.M. Tomlin

All I want is a HI-C and a turkey sandwich. @CM_Tomlin

4 Comments for 2013: The Pop Culture Year In Review

  1. Joe
    2:43 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Magna Carta over Yeezus?

  2. Tomlin
    2:51 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Just my opinion. I’m not a huge Kanye guy, though.

  3. eric
    9:15 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Gotta go with NWTS as hip hop album of the year! Tough call though

  4. The Great Gambino
    3:42 am January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Nothing Was The Same was IMO the best hip hop album of the year. Drizzy was all killer of filler.