Words: Issy Aldridge
November 2011 was kind of a big deal apparently?
The charts were dominated by One Direction, Olly Murs, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, and the year had already seen Gaga emerge from an Egg at the Grammy Awards. But we thought that was all 2011 had to offer? How wrong were we. Here are 10 iconic pop culture moments that feel like they happened yesterday, but actually happened a decade ago.
Ah, the album that started it all! Up All Night was written, recorded, produced and toured all within the year that followed their appearance on X Factor in 2010. Garnering hits including ‘One Thing’ and of course, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, it was an album that perfectly encapsulated the British chart landscape in late 2011, early 2012. Bubblegum pop was its game and boy did it know how to play. It’s hard to comprehend that this album, re-released recently on vinyl for Urban Outfitters, is approaching its 10th birthday already. And it’s just as hard to comprehend that the guys who sang these songs are the same lads who later penned the emotional tribute to fans, ‘History’. How did we go from singing cheesy-pop hits to creating a legacy track which is still played on radio nearly seven years on? I guess that’s just how fast the night changes.
GO ON GIRLS!
The 39th annual AMAs were branded by Billboard Online as “Ladies Night” when Adele, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj swept the floor of awards. Of all twenty awards presented on the evening, thirteen were won either by female solo artists or female fronted bands. Women really were dominating the charts in the early half of the decade. With performances from J-Lo, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and LMFAO, it seems a blast from the not so distant past, but is almost like a musical timecapsule from the early 2010s. I mean, has anyone really heard from LMFAO since? Thought not.
I had to look this one up the other day to check if it actually happened, or whether it was just a fever dream. But no, it really actually happened and it was as much of a car crash as you’d expect it to be. Raising money for Children In Need, the British soaps are no strangers to getting stuck in, but this performance has for some reason remained etched in my brain all these years later. Their performance contributed to the mamoth total raised from the fundraising event, with the cumulative total coming to over £26,000,000 by the end of the night.
By 2011 we were all incredibly familiar with the world of Twilight, and whether we were Team Edward or Team Jacob, the release of Breaking Dawn Part One had us all stoked. Finally married, and after doing what many newly married couples do, Bella and Edward found themselves expecting Renesmee, the child that was half human, half vampire. I’m sure we all know how the story goes, so we’ll leave the plotline there, but Twighlight was absolutely everywhere during the latter half of the 00s and early half of the 10s. As such, Breaking Dawn Part One grossed a whopping $712 million worldwide, and laid the foundations for final film in the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two.
Still Team Edward for life though xo
Bundled into the living room with your family and a sneaky Chinese takeaway, Saturday nights now have nothing on those from the early half of the ’10s. This Week 7 performance on The X Factor UK allowed the girls to truly showcase their penchant for old school harmonies, and we as an armchair audience lapped it all up. Taking on En Vogue’s ‘Don’t Let Go’, their performance received rave review from the judges and remains at the forefront of the girls’ minds a whole decade on. It was recently mentioned in their recent ‘Album By Album’ YouTube series, where they look back on their ten years together as a band. A pretty iconic moment in Little Mix history, some may say.
Who could forget those blindingly obvious Rimmel product placements?
Series Two of Made In Chelsea was by far one of the spiciest! Millie and Hugo’s relationship had been turbulent throughout the whole of the last series. But at Francis and Mark-Francis’ joint birthday party, Millie found out that best friend Rosie had slept with her boyfriend Hugo behind her back, and rather than pulling them aside for a quiet chat, called them out in front of the whole room. This Made In Chelsea scene is one of the most memorable from across all eleven series, although nothing can top that dinner party scene between Victoria and Cheska in Series Six. Yikes.
Refresh your memory with this now ancient looking clip. And who’d have thought they’d be married a decade later after this little performance? Not us!
Remember this one? Jelena had finally made their relationship official at the start of 2011, but by the autumn, things had turned south, when Justin found himself caught up in one heck of a paternity scandal. Allegations had begun to circle that he was the father of a three-month-old baby with fan, Mariah Yeater. And the story was huge. Speaking on the Today Show, a then 17-year-old Justin said that he’d, “Never met the woman,” and that, “I’d just like to say, basically, that none of those allegations are true… I know that I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim.” Of course, this whole fiasco turned out to be fake, and by November, the case had been dropped by Yeater’s legal team. But damn, what a time that was!
Okay, so they may have actually filed for divorce on October 31st, but boy was it big news throughout much of November too. The couple had been married just seventy-two days following a lavish wedding shown Keeping Up With The Kardashians (RIP) when they decided to call it quits. The pair had documented the entirety of their turbulent relationship for the hit reality TV show, so news of their divorce was of course, plastered across every news outlet going.
Look how different Kim looks from then to now.
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