Us Weekly’s editors selected 15 photos that defined the year, from Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance to President Donald Trump looking at the sun during the total solar eclipse. Take a look back at 2017 below, and pick up the new issue of Us Weekly to see even more headline-making images from the past year!
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Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Announcement
Queen Bey shocked the world on February 1 when she announced on Instagram that she was expecting twins. Her post quickly became the most-liked Instagram photo of all time with more than 11 million likes. She and husband Jay-Z welcomed Rumi and Sir on June 13.
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Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance
Mother Monster rocked the Super Bowl LI halftime show at Houston’s NRG Stadium on February 5 with a career-spanning medley of hits including “Just Dance,” “Born This Way,” “Bad Romance” and “Million Reasons.”
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Oscars Best Picture Flub
Chaos ensued during the final minutes of the 89th annual Academy Awards on February 26 when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly presented the Best Picture trophy to La La Land instead of the true winner, Moonlight. Auditing firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers later issued an apology, explaining that the snafu occurred because of an envelope mix-up.
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Kellyanne Conway on the Couch
The counselor to President Trump perched herself on a couch in the Oval Office on February 27 to take a photo of the real estate mogul with several leaders of historically black universities and colleges. The picture of Conway kneeling on the couch almost instantly went viral as critics accused her of being disrespectful.
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Rihanna at the Met Gala
The “Love on the Brain” singer stunned in a blossoming dress from Comme des Garçons at the May 1 fashion event in New York City. She told Vogue’s André Leon Talley inside that her strappy lace-up shoes took “an hour to get into.”
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Kylie Jenner’s Met Gala Selfie
The makeup mogul broke the gala’s no-selfie rule on May 1 by snapping a star-studded photo in the bathroom with fellow guests including Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Paris Jackson, Frank Ocean and Diddy.
Credit: Courtesy Kylie Jenner/Instagram
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Pippa Middleton’s Wedding
While attending her younger sister’s nuptials to James Matthews in Englefield, England, on May 20, Duchess Kate did her best to keep the pageboys (including son Prince George) in line.
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Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad
After intense backlash, Pepsi pulled a commercial in April featuring the model making peace between protesters and police officers with a can of soda.
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Ariana Grande’s Manchester Benefit
Just two weeks after a bomb took the lives of 22 fans at her concert in Manchester, the singer returned to the stage on June 4 for a star-studded, three-hour telecast that raised $2.6 million in donations.
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Donald Trump’s Eclipse No-No
The president broke the one and only rule during the August 21 total solar eclipse: Don’t look at the sun. He was photographed removing his protective eyewear and staring directly at the sky, which naturally became a viral meme.
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Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Go Public
Four years into their super-private relationship, the couple were spotted holding hands during a beachside stroll in Malibu on September 4.
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Prince George’s First Day of School
Prince William dropped off his 4-year-old son at Thomas’s Battersea in London on September 7. The young royal looked adorable in his uniform, which included a navy sweater and matching shorts.
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Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant
The “Wolves” singer revealed on Instagram on September 14 that she quietly underwent a kidney transplant over the summer due to complications with lupus. Her close friend Francia Raisa was the donor. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed,” Gomez captioned the image.
Credit: Courtesy Selena Gomez/Instagram
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Serena Williams’ Wedding
The tennis pro tied the knot with Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, with whom she shares 3-month-old daughter Alexis Jr., at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on November 16. The guest list included Serena’s sister Venus Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Colton Haynes and Kim Kardashian.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Engagement
Hours after announcing that he popped the question, the prince and the Suits alum appeared for a photo call at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden in London on November 27. In a subsequent interview, Markle called the proposal “an amazing surprise.”
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