The 15 Best WTF Pop Moments Of 2015 — From Ariana Grande To Iggy Azalea
Whew, 2015 has been quite the dramatic whirlwind year in the pop world! The past 12 months have been filled with notable moments that were honestly at times more exciting than the new music releases.
So we at Idolator decided to sift through the most head-scratching, “Did she really say that?” events over the past year — from victimizing donuts to birthing plastic dolls. Get into our list of 2015’s most WTF moments in pop below.
15. Rihanna’s Obsession With Socks
Instead of promoting things that matter (like her nonexistent ANTI album), Rihanna decided to take on other endeavors — like a collaboration with Stance. The Bad Gal first designed a limited edition sock collection titled “Murder Rih Wrote,” and then released a Christmas edition collection earlier this month.
14. Israeli Hacker Leaks Madonna’s Demos
Songs leaks have always been an issue in the music industry, but in 2015 they ran rampant — especially for Madonna. The singer’s Rebel Heart album (released in March) rollout took a heavy blow in sales after an Israeli hacker was arrested for reportedly stealing her personal computer and leaking the LP demos in early January. The case went on for months in court, until in July the hacker (whose real name is Adi Lederman) was sentenced to 14 months in jail. Justice is served!
13. Kanye West Interrupts Beck At Grammys
The rapper pulled a Taylor Swift-inspired “Imma let you finish — but” moment at the 57th annual Grammys when Beck won Album Of The Year over Beyonce, which seemed to be a joke…until Yeezy had a mini-rant backstage. “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it,” he boasted. After headlines flew about the fiasco, Kanye had a change of heart and decided to apologize to Beck (…and Bruno Mars too).
12. Kesha Claims Dr. Luke Killed Her Dog
The lawsuit surrounding Dr. Luke allegedly sexually abusing Kesha and ruining her career is definitely not something to joke about, but one report revealed in the ongoing legal battle proved to be the most outrageous. Back in July, singer claimed Dr. Luke threatened to kill her dog if it approached him during one of their recording sessions (according to court documents).
11. Miley Cyrus “Gives Birth” To Doll
At this point, we’re used to Miley Cyrus doing kooky things like posing fully nude for fashion magazines and shoving dildos in her nether regions, but the singer took it to another level when she became the proud mommy of Poo Poo — a plastic baby doll! She documented the occasion on her very entertaining Instagram back in October, which showed Poo Poo’s envious talent of sh*tting flowers. Oh, that Miley!
10. Madonna Makes Out With Drake At Coachella
One of the biggest highlights of this year’s Coachella music festival was that infamous make-out session between Drake and Madonna (where he wiped his mouth like a disgusted toddler). At this point, we expect Madge to kick up the sex factor onstage. But this particular antic led to a series of ageist remarks that found the pop star having to defend herself. She later
9. Nicki Minaj Calls Out Miley Cyrus At MTV VMAs
The diss heard (and viewed) around the world! After rightfully calling out Nicki Minaj in a New York Times interview a few days before the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus got confronted by the rapstress — who seemed to still be in her feelings — at the show. After Nicki accepted her award for Best Hip-Hop Video, she unexpectedly closed out her speech with this kicker: “This bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” The unstaged, viral moment gave birth to endless memes that took over social media. Lesson learned: Don’t mess with Nicki Minaj!
8. Azealia Banks’ Plane Temper Tantrum
Spoiler alert: Azealia Banks appears twice on this list — which is being very fair, as the singer/rapper has pulled many WTF stunts this year. For this gem sitting at No. 8, she found herself involved in an airplane scuffle with a French couple back in September. After the Frenchman allegedly tried to block Banks and take her bag (she says he hit her in the face), she blurted out this totally non-offensive one-liner: “Give me my bag, fucking faggot.” Stay classy!
7. Madonna Falls Onstage at 2015 BRIT Awards
Well, this following gif sums the night up in a nutshell…
6. Iggy’s Gibberish Rap Goes Viral
I-G-G-Y couldn’t catch a break this year! The rapper is already abhorred for her music skills, so when a Vine appeared of her performing 2011’s “D.R.U.G.S.” it was bound to go viral. The amazingly LOL-studded moment took over the Internet like wildfire, leaving many people scratching their heads trying to figure out what mumbo jumbo Iggy was saying!!
5. Natalia Kills Bashes The X Factor New Zealand Contestant
Back in March, the artist and husband Willy Moon (who are both The X Factor New Zealand judges) were fired after they went into a completely bizarre rant against contestant Joe Irvine. Apparently Moon has a lot of influence (according to his wife), so they proceeded to
bully accuse intimidate harass verbally abuse blame Irvine for copying his entire aesthetic. The couple was then fired from the competition show.
Kills then received threats on Twitter, and got dragged by both Calvin Harris and our own Idolator readers. After this stunt, we won’t be surprised if she becomes blacklisted. But we still raise this question: WHO IS WILLY MOON?
4. Kanye West Announces Run For President In 2020
After receiving the Michael Jackson’s Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs, the rapper revealed he will be running for president in 2020 prior to an intense mic drop. He even got support from Donald Trump. We don’t understand it, bro!!
3. Azealia Banks Bites Security Guard’s Boob
This event just happened a few days ago, but it’s so quintessential Azealia that it had to be included! The singer/rapper felt some type of way after not being recognized by security guards (well, duh) after wanting to enter NYC nightclub Up&Down — she even bragged about being on Rihanna‘s ANTI to save face. After being allowed inside, Azealia allegedly spat in a female bouncer’s face and bit her breast. She was then removed from the venue and arrested by the NYPD. That’s what she gets for trying to promote an an album that doesn’t exist…
2. Iggy Azeala vs. Papa John’s
Leave it to I-G-G-Y to spark a beef with Papa John’s! After she had her phone number given away by one of their delivery boys to his friends, the “Trouble” rapper publicly raged on Twitter against the pizza chain for days on end. She wanted the company to own up to their invasion of privacy, but all they did was reply with song lyrics. The entire situation was completely unnecessary, totally entertaining and typical Iggy Azalea. It’s no wonder she took a break from social media!
1. Ariana Grande’s Never-ending #Donutgate
July 7, 2015 will go down in history as one of the biggest pop scandals of our generation — otherwise known as Ariana Grande donut-gate. The popstress strutted into Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, CA to pick up a sticky-sweet snack with then-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez. The couple then proceeded to act like children, and dare each other to vandalize some very innocent donuts. In the surveillance footage she can be heard saying “I hate America” at one point — which got everyone in a politically-correct tizzy! Since that time, the singer has released endless apologies to win back the hearts of America, the country which she dissed ever so harshly.