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    30 Pop Culture Moments From This Week Everyone Was Talking About

    Inauguration edition!

    1. First of all (I know, it's unlikely you missed this), Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States! But let's get to the real star of the show: Kamala Harris, who became America's first female, first South Asian, and first Black vice president.

    Kamala Harris being sworn in as vice president.

    2. Also absolutely killing it was National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who stole the show with an inspiring and stirring poem about America and its future.

    3. I'd be remiss not to mention Bernie's practical attire, which quickly became an iconic meme where people photoshopped him into things.

    4. Everyone was also talking about Lady Gaga's performance, where she looked like she was picking names for the Hunger Games, and J.Lo's "This Land is Your Land/Let's Get Loud" mashup.

    5. Other celebs were VERY excited about the inauguration, with many posting reactions like this meme Rihanna posted and Chrissy Teigen asking Biden to follow her, which he did.

    I’m just here to help. 🤷🏿‍♀️ #wediditJoe

    Twitter: @rihanna

    Chrissy, who had been blocked by former President Trump for years, tweeted at Joe's account asking for a follow. Shortly afterward, Chrissy became the only non-political account Joe had followed from his @POTUS account, causing Chrissy to tweet, "my heart oh my god lmao I can finally see the president’s tweets and they probably won’t be unhinged."

    6. But no one seemed happier than environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who waited years for this perfect opportunity to troll Trump.

    He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!

    Twitter: @GretaThunberg

    Back in 2019, Trump mockingly tweeted, "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" with a clip of her speech criticizing world leaders on their response to climate change — so this really brought things full circle. Greta also trolled Ted Cruz this week, after he mistakenly seemed to suggest that the Paris Accords were written by/for the people of Paris. Keep it coming, Greta!

    7. Biden has already made a number of changes as president, but one change Twitter went wild over was his removal of Trump's Diet Coke button.

    Biden in the Oval Office

    8. One more political thing: Chuck Schumer accidentally called the insurrection "the erection" this week and it was pretty damn funny.

    He quickly corrected himself, but the damage was done.

    9. But let's move on from politics: This week, we're still talking about Olivia Rodrigo's smash hit, "Driver's License"...

    10. ...Especially in relation to Sabrina Carpenter's new song "Skin," which some people thought might be a response to Olivia's song.

    11. A lot of other stars released new music this week, including Billie Eilish and Rosalía ("Lo Vas a Olvidar"), Lauren Jauregui and Pabllo Vittar (a remix of the already-released "Lento"), Jason Derulo and Adam Levine ("Lifestyle"), and Lil Wayne ("Ain't Got Time").

    Rosalía in "Los Vas a Olvidar"

    12. Ashanti and Keyshia Cole's Verzuz battle finally happened — they performed a bunch of their iconic hits, and fans were loving it (although they were a bit disappointed in the sound quality and Keyshia being an hour late).

    13. Olivia Jade posted her first vlog in a year after asking her TikTok followers whether she should return to vlogging.

    Olivia saying, "Obviously I haven't filmed in a really long time, and I'm just grateful to be back on YouTube"

    14. We haven't heard much about the Kimye divorce this week — but many are speculating details are being saved for the final season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

    Kanye and Kim

    15. Speaking of the Kardashian/Jenners, Caitlyn Jenner spoke this week about her relationship with Kendall and Kylie, stating she's closer to Kylie.

    Caitlyn with Kendall and Kylie

    16. Chrissy Teigen opened up about her sobriety, calling it "a different world."

    17. Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik subtly announced the name of their baby when Gigi added "Khai's mom" to her Instagram bio.

    18. Justin Timberlake finally confirmed that he and Jessica Biel had welcomed their second child, and that his name is Phineas.

    19. Clare Crawley and Dale from this past season of The Bachelorette broke up, with Dale releasing a statement saying they'd broken up. But Clare suggested she'd learned of the breakup at the same time as the rest of us.

    Clare and Dale during happier times

    20. Speaking of breakups...quarantine couple Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck broken up as well.

    Ana and Ben on one of their many walks

    21. In COVID-19 news: Dave Chapelle has tested positive, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Martin have received the vaccine, and Liv Tyler opened up about her experience with COVID-19.

    22. Among people who sparked backlash this week for not following COVID-19 restrictions were Dua Lipa, Bow Wow, and Jake Paul.

    23. In TV news, the next episode of WandaVision dropped, the fifth season of Riverdale premiered, the trailer for Jules's special episode of Euphoria dropped, Bridgerton was renewed for a Season 2, and SNL announced its next few hosts and musical guests.

    24. There were also a lot of fun Marvel tidbits this week that didn't relate to Wandavision — including Anthony Mackie saying he has a better butt than Chris Evans, reports that Matt Damon flew to Australia to film for Thor: Love and Thunder, and Tom Holland telling the story of how he found out he'd been cast as Spider-Man by seeing an article online.

    25. Priyanka Chopra opened up about marriage in quarantine with Nick Jonas while on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, stating the time together has been a blessing and joking that "we still like each other."

    26. Jamie Lynn Spears called out Elon Musk for the death of her cats, leaving everyone a bit confused.

    27. There was a LOT of thirsting this week, mostly after Chloe Bailey participated in the Buss It challenge, Drake posted some workout shots, and Dwyane Wade posted a nude (well, slightly covered by wife Gabrielle Union).

    28. The D'Amelio sisters were once again in the news this week due to A) them calling out paparazzi for waiting outside their house and B) their father addressing their controversial New Year's trip to the Bahamas.

    29. It looks like Jojo Siwa has come out as a member of the LGBTQ community after lip-synching to "Born This Way" on TikTok and posting this photo of a new shirt from her cousin.

    Twitter: @itsjojosiwa

    Words of support have rolled in from fans and celebs alike, including Ellen DeGeneres and Lil Nas X.

    30. And finally, the new Willy Wonka prequel (out in 2023) seems to be nearing casting its Willy Wonka, with the decision reportedly being between Tom Holland and Timothée Chalamet.

    That's all for this week! See ya this time next week with more news!