Exploring Pop Culture History of 2014
2014 was a year of major events and trends in the world of pop culture. It gave us memorable movies, music, and TV shows that stayed with us for years to come. From the Oscars to the VMAs, from the box office hits to the chart-topping singles, let’s dive into the pop culture history of 2014.
2014 was a year of blockbusters and critically acclaimed films. The year started with a bang, as Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” debuted in April and went on to gross over $714 million worldwide. The movie was a game-changer and left an impact on Hollywood’s filmmaking style.
Other notable mentions include “The Lego Movie” that grossed over $469 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy” that earned over $773 million, and “Interstellar” that earned $677 million at the box office.
But the clear winner of 2014 was “Frozen.” The Disney animated movie that was released in late 2013 continued to dominate the box office in early 2014, grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide. It quickly became a cultural phenomenon and won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
2014 was a year of musical comebacks and breakthroughs. Beyoncé took the music world by storm when she released her surprise self-titled album in December 2013. The album was an immediate success and set the stage for a year full of music releases.
Artists like Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, and Sam Smith topped the charts with their hit singles. However, it was Taylor Swift’s “1989” that dominated the music world in 2014. The album broke records, sold over 3.6 million copies in the US alone, and earned Swift seven Grammy nominations.
Other notable mentions include the return of Outkast at Coachella, the “We Can’t Stop” controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus, and the release of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams that became the ultimate feel-good anthem of the year.
2014 brought us some of the most popular TV shows of recent years. “Game of Thrones” continued to dominate the small screen with its fourth season, which brought the infamous Purple Wedding and the epic Battle of Castle Black. “True Detective” premiered on HBO and quickly became a critical and commercial success, introducing audiences to the duo of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Other notable mentions include “Orange is the New Black” that premiered on Netflix, “The Walking Dead” that kept audiences on the edge of their seats, and “Breaking Bad” that came to an end with its highly anticipated finale.
The Awards Season
The awards season of 2014 was packed with memorable moments. The Oscars hosted by Ellen DeGeneres gave us the iconic selfie that broke Twitter and Lupita Nyong’o’s emotional acceptance speech. The Golden Globes saw Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s hilarious hosting and the unforgettable moment when Leonardo DiCaprio’s reaction to Lady Gaga’s elbow went viral.
The MTV Video Music Awards also had its share of moments, from the “Anaconda” performance by Nicki Minaj to Miley Cyrus’ homeless youth advocacy.
In conclusion, 2014 was an exciting year for pop culture. It gave us a wide range of movies, music, and TV shows that continue to stay in our memory. It will forever be remembered as a year of change and innovation in the history of pop culture.
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