Top entertainment stories of 2016: Trump, Kanye, Brangelina

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West leave their hotel and head to the Vogue 100 Gala Dinner, held in Hyde Park. ( Will Alexander/

2016 was a tumultuous year.

In some cases, one could argue it was the year of entertainment news – or at least the year of the entertainers.

Whether it was a celebrity billionaire reality TV show host becoming the president-elect, or the unbelievable news of Brangelina splitting up, 2016 was most certainly a year dominated by entertainment headlines.

Here’s a look at some of the top stories we won’t soon forget.


Remember these lyrics?

“For all my Southside n***** that know me best
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that b**** famous”

The infamous lines from Kanye West’s “Famous” song from his Life of Pablo album were hotly contested.

West claimed it wasn’t a slam against Taylor Swift, insisting she came up with the idea, and gave her blessing.

The lyric references their interaction at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when Kanye stormed the stage and grabbed the mic from Taylor as she accepted the Female Video of the Year Award.

He said at the time he felt Beyoncé deserved to win it.

Swift’s team however, denied she approved of the lyrics.

According to World Entertainment News Network, her publicist said Swift “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”

Fast forward a few months later, wife Kim Kardashian decides to clear the air by posting a conversation had between Kanye and Swift about the song – on Snapchat of course.

(WARNING: Video contains explicit language)

The videos show Kanye on speaker phone with the superstar singer, who said "Umm, yeah go with whatever line you think is better. It's obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice.”

She described the phrase referencing sex as “like a compliment.”

"I really appreciate it, the heads up is so nice. Even asking or seeing if I would be okay with it and I really appreciate it. I would never expect you to like tell me about a line in one of your songs."

Swift responded to the recordings on Instagram, saying she was unaware of the use of the b-word in the song, and that he never played the song for her.

“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009,” she wrote.

This won't be the last mention of Kimye.


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married in a private ceremony in the French hamlet of Correns in August 2014.

Two years later, September 2016 brought their union to an end.

The news nearly broke the internet.

Jolie filed divorce papers "citing irreconcilable differences," requesting full custody of their 6 children.

He responded with a statement asking for space, "I am very sorry for this."

Their wax statues were separated, Adele dedicated a show, and the FBI briefly investigated allegations of abuse on a private jet en route to Los Angeles.

Pitt denied any allegations of abuse, and reportedly filed for joint custody of their kids.

He recently filed documents to seal their case from the public record.

Jennifer Aniston meanwhile is looking to return to television.


David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Craig Sager, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Thicke, John Glenn.

Those are only a few of the greats including Muhammad Ali, Gary Shandling, and Phife Dogg who died in 2016.

Their deaths, among others, shook the world.


In February 2013, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married.

They separated in May 2016, following the death of Depp's mother.

In less than a week after Depp responded to the divorce filing, Heard submitted documents to the court seeking a restraining order, claiming “I live in fear that Johnny will return to the residence unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally.”

Photos of Heard with bruises were published widely in the media, along with a video showing the couple in a heated conversation.

The pair ended the restraining order battle in August, after a deposition reportedly led to a dismissal.

They ended their divorce with Johnny donating settlement money to charity.


Attending Paris fashion week, Kim Kardashian was robbed at her hotel of a $4 million ring and approximately $6 million in other goods and jewelry.

The five suspects reportedly tied her up at gunpoint and left her in the bathroom.

She was badly shaken, but escaped unharmed after calling for help.

The suspects fled the area on bikes.

News of the robbery came as her husband, Kanye, was performing in New York City.

He canceled the show and left to be with her.

Kim took some time off from social media as she returned to the states.


A number of famous singers, actors and activists rallied behind Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency.

Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Beyonce all performed at concerts intended to get out the vote.

Katy Perry also hit the stage, headlining the entertainment at the Democratic National Convention where Clinton was named as the first female candidate nominated by a major political party.

Their efforts did not end in a victory for Clinton.

Instead, celebrities reacted by joining some of the many protests against the newly named president-elect Donald Trump.


In late November, after a series of concerts featured West discussing politics and failed relationships from his Life of Pablo tour stage, E! Network confirmed the rapper, and husband of reality star Kim Kardashian was admitted to a hospital for treatment.

He canceled the remainder of his tour.

Production on the reality show, "Keeping up with the Kardashians" also shut down for the remainder of the year.

Shortly after his hospitalization, West met with president-elect Trump, where the two reportedly spoke of multicultural issues.

West also changed his bid to run for president, declaring #2024 on Twitter - giving Trump the opportunity to seek a second term as president without any competition against the rapper.


On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The billionaire reality show host won the electoral vote 304 to Clinton's 227.

Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 2.9 million.

The election was filled with moments that led to a slew of parodies on Saturday Night Live, where Trump had hosted less than a year before securing the highest office.

Alec Baldwin reportedly makes $1400 per episode playing the president-elect, where he is expected to play the president for the foreseeable future.

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