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Daily Skimm: 2022 Recap

Keke Palmer, Wednesday, and Bella Hadid
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December 29, 2022


2023 is right around the corner. But we’re still feeling ‘22. We spent midnights with Taylor Swift. Celeb trials took over cable. We said ‘goodbye’ to major figures. And shipped celeb couples. Here are some of the biggest entertainment stories from this year:

Moments that kept us glued to our phones…The Golden Globes flopped. The Oscars slapped. Little Miss went viral. We Wordled, Worldled, and BeReal'd. And worried about West Elm Caleb and the Tinder Swindler. We don't talk about Bruno. But we definitely do worry, darling. The Try Guys became a trio. “Funny Girl” brought the drama. And Jenna Ortega brought the dance moves. There were sexy babies. And nepo babies. We channeled Diane Keaton with our coastal fits. We said 'bye' to the McRib. And ‘hi’ to Choco Tacos. We debated Pink Sauce. But said ‘oh, stunning’ to negroni sbagliatos. Instagram updates said ‘brb.’ But Internet Explorer and the iPod left for good. Adam Levine’s alleged DMs raised eyebrows. And Balenciaga’s controversy burst at the seams. Our nails popped off. Our money didn't jiggle, jiggle. And no one loved corn as much as this kid.  

Celeb moments…Rihanna gave us a baby and a new song. #Kete came and went and turned into PemRata. Bennifer is back. So are Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan. Bella Hadid’s name is Bella Hadid. Kravis tied the knot three times — while Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady untied theirs. Kim said ‘yes’ to the Monroe dress. And gave some questionable “work” advice. The Try Guys addressed the elephant in the room. We had Selena Gomez on our minds. Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde went to Victory…and it didn't pair well with salad dressing. Rebel Wilson came out on top. Lizzo launched “Yitty” and fluted her way to champion. Brandy dusted off her glass slippers. Julia Fox became a muse. Heidi Klum went for worm. And Keke Palmer bumped into SNL.

Moments that had us looking up words like ‘tort’...Depp v. Heard — the trial nobody could avoid. It brought conversations about abuse, domestic violence, and #MeToo back to the forefront. Adnan Syed is now a free man. Megan Thee Stallion spoke up for Black women...and got justice. Tory Lanez now faces up to 22 years in prison after a Los Angeles jury convicted him of shooting the artist. Ghislaine Maxwell is in prison. Prince Andrew lost his HRH. Kevin Spacey said ‘not guilty’ and won…but faces more charges in the UK. The NFL called a penalty on Deshaun Watson. And Shakira’s hips don’t lie...but her taxes might.

Sports…To retire or not to retire. That was the question this year. Serena Williams announced her evolution. Tom Brady did too — for 40 days. The Golden State Warriors sang ‘we are the champions.’ And so did the Las Vegas Aces after their first WNBA championship. The US women’s soccer team scored a landmark deal. Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic celebrated Win-bledons — after he made a racket in Australia. The PGA Tour and Saudi league LIV Golf took swings at each other. Lia Thomas made waves. Washington’s football team reintroduced itself — while the team’s owner is under investigation. Antonio Brown got a pink slip. The Los Angeles Rams made it known whose house it is. The MLB had a 99-day strikeout. And the US dominated the Beijing Winter Olympics — with diplomats cheering from home. There was also…

The World Cup…Argentina with forward Lionel Messi took home the trophy — and a $42 million prize. The team beat reigning champion France on penalty kicks. It’s what some are calling one of the greatest World Cup finals in history. But France’s Kylian Mbappé still took home the Golden Boot. Croatia came in third after defeating underdog Morocco, ending its Cinderella story. But the tournament wasn’t without controversies. The World Cup has faced allegations of corruption, including in Qatar — where officials have been accused of buying votes from FIFA officials. There’s also been concerns surrounding human rights abuses after 6,500 migrants workers died from causes including dehydration and heat exhaustion building Qatar's eight stadiums. And Qatar’s stance on LGBTQIA+ rights had everyone talking. It’s something reporter Grant Wahl had criticized, before his death at age 49 had many (incorrectly) suspecting foul play.

Things we had on replay…Beyoncé turned us into alien superstars. Bad Bunny kept dragging us to the beach. Harry showed us around his house. Drake and 21 Savage told us it’s our loss. Mr. Kendrick Lamar took some big steps. Carly Rae Jepson came back for us. Meghan Trainor made us look. Rosalía made us feel like a Motomami. We saved our tears for Dawn FM. Stormzy showed us what he meant. Jack Harlow flew first class. SZA reminded us nobody gets us like her. TikTok songs had constantly refreshing. And Meghan Markle became a royal podcaster.

Things we watched…“The Crown.” “House of the Dragon.” “She-Hulk.” “Ms. Marvel.” “Nope.” “Rap Sh!t.” “Atlanta.” “Better Call Saul.” “Jurassic World Dominion.” “The Staircase.” “The Dropout.” “Top Gun: Maverick.” “Elvis.” “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.”  “Where the Crawdads Sing.” “The Batman.” “The Woman King.” “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” “White Lotus.” “Yellowstone.” “Turning Red.” “Pam & Tommy.” “Hocus Pocus 2.” “Wednesday.” “Severance.” “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” “From Scratch.” “Black Bird.” “The Resort.” “Inventing Anna.” “Bel-Air.” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” “Euphoria.” “Love Island.” “Harry & Meghan.” “Love is Blind.” “Avatar: The Way of Water.” “Bullet Train.” “Pearl.”

Things we read…“I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy. “Finding Me” by Viola Davis. “Mean Baby” by Selma Blair. “We Were Dreamers” by Simu Liu. “Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover. “I Kissed Shara Wheeler” by Casey McQuiston. “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry. “Can’t Look Away” by Carola Lovering. “We Do What We Do in the Dark” by Michelle Hart. “The Wild One” by Colleen McKeegan. “The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley. “Disorientation” by Elaine Hsieh Chou. “All My Rage” by Sabaa Tahir. “A Hundred Other Girls” by Iman Hariri-Kia. And so many more.

People we said ‘goodbye’ to…Queen Elizabeth. Madeleine Albright. Mikhail Gorbachev. Sidney Poitier. Bob Saget. Takeoff. Aaron Carter. Ronnie Spector. André Leon Talley. Meat Loaf. Manfred Thierry Mugler. Coolio. Paul Farmer. Gilbert Gottfried. Orrin Hatch. Shinzo Abe. Ivana Trump. Bill Russell. Nichelle Nichols. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). Olivia Newton-John. Ken Starr. Leslie Jordan. Ash Carter. Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss. Kirstie Alley. Patrick Demarchelier. Christine McVie. Taylor Hawkins. Noodle.

The end of the year’s a time for reflection. And we’re not done yet. Tomorrow, we’re diving into the articles, videos, and podcasts from theSkimm that ranked high on Skimm'rs list. You won’t want to miss it.

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