2013’s most talked-about moments in music
The music world has seen its fair share of headline-grabbing moments in 2013 – from Miley’s twerking, to *NSYNC and Destiny’s Child reuniting, and a teen from New Zealand dominating the US charts with her debut single.
And while there are far too many epic moments to fill a single page, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five most talked musical events of the year for your reminiscing pleasure.
Beyonce and Destiny’s Child reunite at the Superbowl Halftime Show
Beyonce hitting the stage at the Superbowl Halftime Show back in February was a pretty epic way to kick off 2013 – and even better that her Destiny’s Child band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were there to help her celebrate.
The hype had been building for weeks in the lead-up to the performance and in true Queen Bey style, the woman shook what her mama gave her and let those vocal cords take the lead. During her opening medley of ‘Love on Top,’ ‘Crazy in Love,’ ‘End of Time’ and ‘Baby Boy’ the crowd were going wild, but it was those first notes of ‘Bootylicious’ that really brought forth the screams as Kelly and Michelle burst up from below the stage.
“Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!” tweeted FLOTUS.
Daft Punk release ‘Random Access Memories’
French duo Daft Punk landed themselves the biggest debut of their career with their album ‘Random Access Memories,’ charting at No. 1 in multiple countries including the US, Germany, Australia, Japan, France, Canada, Switzerland and Mexico, among others.
The band officially launched their album in Wee Waa, NSW – a town of just 2000 residents – at the annual agricultural show. Fans flocked from far and wide in the hopes of getting to see the duo live, but were instead treated to an epic listening party which was streamed online to those who weren’t lucky enough to score one of the 4000 limited tickets.
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke twerk at the VMAs
Immediately after the duo wrapped their twerk-tastic performance, the internet was abuzz with GIFs, memes and parody videos showcasing the starlet’s risqué moves and the hashtag #staystrongbillyraycyrus became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
“Me and Robin [Thicke] the whole time said, ‘You know we're about to make history right now,’” Miley told MTV News in an interview in the days following the performance.
“What's amazing is I think now, we're three days later and people are still talking about it. They're over thinking it. You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn't even think about it 'cause that's just me.”
*NSYNC reunite at the VMAs
Destiny’s Child weren’t the only group in 2013 to stage a surprise reunion, with everybody’s favourite ‘90s boyband *NSYNC coming back together at the VMAs to help Justin Timberlake celebrate this Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Everyone from Wiz Khalifa to Birdman (and anyone with a nostalgic bone in their bodies) was fizzing over the band’s performance – despite the fact that the rumour mill was buzzing with talk of a reunion in the days leading up to the show.
“You know, it was a matter of time. Everybody would ask us, ‘When are you guys going to do something?’” *NSYNC star JC Chasez told Ryan Seacrest in an interview after the performance.
“Literally just a few days ago Justin gave me a buzz. And he said, ‘Hey man, listen. I'm getting this award and they have given me a pile of time to perform, and we started our careers at MTV and I think we should get the band back together.’ We did just for a minute, though. It really was about him and all that he's accomplished, but he wanted to acknowledge that part of his career, so we all decided to do it.”
Lorde basically takes over the world
One thing’s for sure, if little old New Zealand wasn’t on the world’s radar in 2012, it sure is now – thanks to one incredibly talented 17-year-old by the name of Lorde.
The Kiwi teen first created waves when she uploaded her track ‘Royals’ to Soundcloud and before we knew it she’d gone and done the unthinkable – scoring a No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100! Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) became the youngest solo artist since Tiffany to sit at the top of the Hot 100 and was also the first woman to take a debut Hot 100 hit to No. 1 since Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe.’
The previous month, the singer also made headlines after becoming the first woman in 17 years to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart.
The star has since been nominated for a whopping four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Royals’ and will be competing against music heavyweights such as Daft Punk, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke.