To celebrate the end of the 2010s, Entertainment Weeklyâ€™s Must List is looking back at the best pop culture that changed pop culture in movies, TV, music, and more. Catch up on our list so far, which includes the MCUâ€™s big Snap and Lin-Manuel Mirandaâ€™s history-making hit. Today, we get in formation for BeyoncÃ©, who set the mold for musicians everywhere this decade.
It happens at the end. She stands there, flanked by more than 100 performers in matching HBCU regalia, flashing a smile and mopping the sweat thatâ€™s pooled on her brow the last two hours. She then flings her now-used towel into the dry desert night of the Coachella Valley and toward the hands of one lucky fan, who grabs it and immediately goes weak in the knees. He clutches the perspired cotton like an ancient artifact. He looks incredulous. He has caught the spirit of BeyoncÃ© Knowles Carter.
But then havenâ€™t we all these last 10 years? Even those corny, Illuminati-conspiracy-spouting haters would be hard-pressed to not see Queen Bey as the decadeâ€™s defining pop star, one whose songs, album rollouts, stage presence, social justice initiatives, and disruptive public relations strategy have influenced the way weâ€™ve viewed music since 2010.In hindsight, BeyoncÃ© began the decade in relatively (for her) quiet regard, dropping a vintage R&B-indebted album in 4 and setting the initial gold standard for pop star festival gigs with a Glastonbury headlining slot (â€œYou are witnessing my dream!â€ she screamed to the 200,000-strong crowd.) These events were noteworthy, of course, but far from the groundswell she caused in 2013 with her expansive, self-titled visual album, which arrived without warning one night. The surprise full-length release included a music video for all 14 of the recordâ€™s songs, and felt like the beginning of a new era.
Other artists soon copied BeyoncÃ©â€™s last-minute drops, but her work took hold in more sweeping ways: through pop starsâ€™ reluctance to give interviews; through the use of the word â€œfeministâ€ as both a political and branding statement; through the mining of her identity, race, and marriage in searing, brutal ways.By 2016, she released her single â€œFormation,â€ a celebration of her identity and roots, along with a video that paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. Two months later, she unveiled Lemonade, her most personal album to date, which revealed the apparent infidelity of husband Jay-Z along with the fallout and eventual reconciliation of their relationship. Topping a bold and brilliantly executed piece of art that explored the depths of your private life is a tall order, but Bey managed to do it two years later with Beychella. Her 2018 set at the California desert festival, which was streamed across the globe, became an instant classic, with BeyoncÃ© once again introducing aspects of the black diaspora to an overwhelmingly white audience.
So what was BeyoncÃ© in the 2010s? She was a pop star, yes, but more than that, she was a symbol, a leader, and a beacon of hope for the marginalized. In Netflixâ€™s Homecoming, a documentary about that famed Coachella performance, she states, â€œAs a black woman, I used to feel the world wanted me to stay in my little box, and black women often feel underestimated. I wanted us to be proud not only of the show, but the process; proud of the struggle, thankful for the beauty that comes with a painful history and rejoice in the pain and the imperfections and the wrongs that are so damn right.â€To be a successful pop star today is to be comfortable with your own ubiquity, but to be an icon is to turn that ubiquity into something that breaks barriers. Itâ€™s to consistently pull off the impossible. Itâ€™s to do what BeyoncÃ© did at Glastonbury, on Lemonade, on BeyoncÃ©, at Coachella. Itâ€™s to consistently raise the bar until itâ€™s no longer surprising when you do.
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Bill Murray’s brother Ed, who inspired ‘Caddyshack,’ dies
News of the elder Murray’s death came in the form of a statement on the William Murray Golf Instagram account.”It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray,” the statement read. “Named after the family patriarch, it was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game…
News of the elder Murray’s death came in the form of a statement on the William Murray Golf Instagram account.”It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legend Ed Murray,” the statement read. “Named after the family patriarch, it was Ed who introduced the Murray family to this wonderful game of golf — by way of caddying at Indian Hills Country Club — at the age of 10, no less. (They don’t make ’em like that anymore.)”The statement went on to read that Murray “was the recipient of the Evans Scholarship back in 1963, while attending Northwestern University — a scholarship awarded to golf caddies — a family storyline which served as inspiration for the Danny Noonan character in ‘Caddyshack’ when Brian Doyle-Murray co-wrote that iconic screenplay.””Ed and all five Murray brothers are members of the Caddie Hall of Fame, as well — something all the boys take pride in, as this game helped shape their lives,” the statement said. “It was an honor for all of us to get to know Ed and to spend time with him over the past half decade as we’ve built this brand with the Murray family — and his loss is a hole that will never be filled.”No age or cause of death was given. Bill Murray played Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” while Michael O’Keefe starred as Noonan in the 1980 sports comedy. CNN has reached out to an attorney for Bill Murray for comment.
Singer Christina Perri says she lost her baby, who was ‘born silent’
“She is at peace now & will live forever in our hearts,” the singer and songwriter wrote on Twitter, posting a picture of the baby’s hand. Perri was in her third trimester. Perri’s heartbreaking post on Tuesday came just days after the 34-year-old singer wrote that the baby was being closely monitored and would likely…
“She is at peace now & will live forever in our hearts,” the singer and songwriter wrote on Twitter, posting a picture of the baby’s hand. Perri was in her third trimester. Perri’s heartbreaking post on Tuesday came just days after the 34-year-old singer wrote that the baby was being closely monitored and would likely have some “challenging issues when they arrive but hopefully I can stay pregnant a bit longer.”The singer in January announced the miscarriage of an 11-week-old baby, saying her family was “shocked & completely heartbroken.” Perri and her husband, Paul Costabile, also have a 2-year-old daughter, Carmella. “I am so sad but not ashamed,” Perri wrote of that earlier loss. “I am ever reminded how amazing and powerful women are at making life and at healing. To all the mothers who have been here and who will be here, I see you and I love you.””I am so sad but not discouraged. When the time feels right we will try again, but today, we mourn our little life lost.”It was that experience that Perri says helped changed her mind about a lot of things, including maternity photo shoots. She posted photos from one earlier this month. “I truly am grateful to be pregnant and grateful to be a woman,” she wrote on November 9. “I am so blown away by what our bodies can do. I don’t know if I’ll ever be pregnant again, so this time I’m going to celebrate and honor my pregnancy, my baby & my beautiful body.”
‘Dancing with the Stars’ crowns a new champ
“Dancing with the Stars” on Monday crowned “Bachelor” alum Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev the new champions. Bristowe and her partner performed a repeat of their Argentine Tango to “Toxic” by Britney Spears and another dance to “Sparkling Diamonds” from “Moulin Rouge” on their final night. Both earned rave reviews. The results came to the…
“Dancing with the Stars” on Monday crowned “Bachelor” alum Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev the new champions. Bristowe and her partner performed a repeat of their Argentine Tango to “Toxic” by Britney Spears and another dance to “Sparkling Diamonds” from “Moulin Rouge” on their final night. Both earned rave reviews. The results came to the shock of some, who had been rooting for “Catfish” host Nev Schulman and pro Jenna Johnson. Ultimately, the pair came in second place, but Schulman showed no signs of hard feelings over his loss. “Congrats @kaitlynbristowe you were amazing! Huge thanks to everyone at @DancingABC for letting me be a part of this fantastic show,” Schulman wrote on Twitter. In order to take the crown, Bristowe also beat out fellow finalists, actress Justina Machado and rapper Nelly.