8 best moments for famous women in 2021

What year! In the midst of all the bad and sad news, we should still be celebrating our victories.

HuffPost reporters chose several moments where celebrity women stood in their own power, recaptured their time or just frankly was an absolute delight.

Here are some moments we’d like to remember from some of our favorite women in culture and entertainment, from Adele’s soul-stirring comeback to Keke Palmer’s viral Met Gala video.

Taylor Swift’s 10-Minute Version of “All Too Well”

With the re-release of her 2012 album “Red”, Taylor Swift did something her 22-year-old I could not then: release a 10-minute version of a song that was already considered some of the finest songwriting of her career. . The original “All Too Well” artfully depicted the painful, bittersweet breakup of a love affair that burned clearly and quickly (allegedly with one whose name rhymes with Shmake Shmyllenhaal). It was a strange choice for a fan favorite – Swift had never chosen it as a single out of the original “Red” – but the accurate and illustrative quality of the song’s lyrics stuck it in many of Swifties’ broken mosaic hearts over the years. A 10-minute version had long been rumored and was finally confirmed with the announcement of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” earlier this year, her second re-release in the ongoing quest to regain ownership of her discography ahead of 2019’s “Lover”. The hype was genuine, but Swift rose to the occasion, doubled the length of the original, and got a production assistant through longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. The new lyrics are catchy, clever and angry, than Swift (or her label perhaps) allowed herself to be on her first iteration. A breathtaking short film and “Saturday Night Live” performance only added to the song’s popularity, which eventually led to lift “American Pie” as the longest Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single ever. Seeing a female musician fully own both her creative work and her rage over lost love? This is something the industry will remember all too well. – Jillian Capewell

Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle

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I did not expect this to be a bomb interview. But each interview block contained headline-grabbing moments between Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey in this extensive conversation on primetime television. Markle revealed that the family had racist concerns about Archie’s skin color before he was born. She considered suicide at one point as a functioning royal and was denied help. Although Prince Harry later joined the conversation, Markle’s candid revelations – along with Oprah’s expert interview – showed the audience the power to speak truth to power, no matter what feathers may be tattered in the process. –Erin E. Evans

Adele comeback

Adele turned 30 and gave us her heart with her latest album on 12 tracks, “30”, one of this year’s favorite projects. On the album, she digs into her feelings after the divorce, writes an ode to her son Angelo, and gives each wine lover her own theme song with “I Drink Wine.” Every week, my favorite song on the album is different, but I end the year with “Woman Like Me” on repeat. The line is perhaps the best poetry I’ve heard in a very long time: “That’s why you think I make you feel small / But it’s your projection, it’s not my rejection.” Whoa! The TV special “Adele: One Night Only” featured a live performance of her previous hits and new clips and an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey. 2022 will also be a busy year for the singer, with a confirmed stay in Las Vegas already on the books from January to April. Ticket prices are sky high, so I keep blasting the album in the comfort of my own home. —Erin E. Evans

Megan Thee Stallion is graduating from college

Megan Thee Stallion lives by her lyrics: “2021 find graduate college.” The Grammy winner graduated from the historic Black College Texas Southern University in Houston with a bachelor’s degree in health administration. “I want to take my degree because I really want my mom to be proud,” Megan said People in 2020. “She saw me go to school before she passed.” On December 11, she posted her graduation photos in her TSU regalia, and received congratulatory notes from everyone from Cardi B to the teaching secretary Miguel Cardona. The rapper has big plans now that she has received her graduation. “I still want to open up these nursing homes and I will definitely hire new college graduates,” she told Rolling Stone after crossing the stage. “No one ever wants to hire you who is new out of college. They feel like you have no experience, so I want to create a place where you can get experience.” Her degree has already inspired others: the Director of Education for the college’s health administration education told TMZ that Megan led to an increase in enrollment among new and former students who are interested in the same course of study that the rapper completed. Now it’s a really hot girl sh **. —Erin E. Evans

#FreeBritney

In fact, #FreeBritney was launched long before 2021 and was considered a soft fan call to free pop star Britney Spears from her father Jamie Spears’ conservatory. It had already been more than a decade that she had been in this situation, but something changed in June when the recording artist spoke in a forensic testimony. the disturbing conditions of the guardianship. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” Spears said. “I was told right now in the conservatory that I’m not capable of getting married or having a baby.” We all had a clue that her situation could be serious, but when she revealed exactly what she was experiencing for now 13 years, #FreeBritney was no longer just a hashtag. It was an aggressive move to remove Spears from her father’s custody. And after two sensational documentaries, amid the artist’s daily personal updates on Instagram while the world watched, she was finally liberated. – Candice Frederick

Keke Palmer Wins With Gala

Keke Palmer, host of the Red Carpet, stole the show at the Met Gala in 2021.
Keke Palmer, host of the Red Carpet, stole the show at the Met Gala in 2021.

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Yes, the Met Gala is known for its fashion, but Keke Palmer, who hosted the red carpet, stole the show. The actor created one of the most viral moments of the year, and then everyone and their mother began to recreate the scene on TikTok. Palmer had spotted rapper Megan Thee Stallion in an old Hollywood glam look at the Met Gala red carpet; her bespoke dress was created by Gucci. “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh, I know it is not, I do not know it, Staaaalllionn!” said Palmer as she greeted Megan. “You know it’s your girl!” I would be lying if I did not admit that I have greeted a few people this way … and also accidentally screamed it out of myself in my apartment. An iconic and fun moment for Palmer, who had a rather epic year when he appeared in “Insecure”, lent his voice to “Big Mouth” and got a role in Jordan Peele’s upcoming film “Nope”. We want more Keke Palmer all the time. —Erin E. Evans

Jazmine Sullivan kept the victories straight

Jazmine Sullivan released her long awaited third album “Heaux Tales” in January 2021, and it was one of the best projects of the year. The same day, NPR dropped the singer’s Tiny Desk performance off the album, and the audience experienced the true power of Sullivan’s voice. In June, she won the BET Award for Album of the Year; and in November, she won the same award at the Soul Train Music Awards. “I wrote this project for women to love themselves, no matter what stage of life they are in,” she said on stage. “You have to love yourself, especially because society wants us – especially black women – not to love anything about ourselves. I realize I can not just talk about it, I have to be about it. I love you so much.” We love you too, Jazmine! —Erin E. Evans

Simone Biles chose herself

It was her we were all waiting to see. GEDEN, the contemptuous gymnast who has appeared on countless magazine covers and inspired black girls and women across the globe. So when it was announced that Simone Biles would be returning to the Olympics this year in Tokyo, we already knew we would be glued to the screen. After all, we followed her journey as a black prodigy from Ohio and were (pretty much) by her side when she bravely issued a statement in 2018 and confirmed that American gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her. But just as unusual as she was already in our eyes, she became it even more as she withdrew from the Olympic team final after “struggling with some things” in a previous competition. Despite mass opposition, Biles’ difficult decision drew attention to the mental health of blacks and eventually helped her become Time Magazines Athlete of the year. All because she, like The Cut wrote, chose himself – and begged the rest of us to do the same. – Candice Frederick

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