23 Pop Culture Moments From January 2009 That’ll Make You Say “Wow, That Was Such A Different Time!”


Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”…

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…and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” were the No. 1 songs in the country…and also the No. 1 songs that got everyone running to the dance floor.


Lady Gaga also rocked her iconic bow hair.

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The Kings of Leon dominated alternative radio with their smash hit, “Sex on Fire.”

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Taylor Swift had the No. 1 album in the country…

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…and she also performed on SNL for the first time (in case you forgot, Neil Patrick Harris hosted).

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced they were engaged.

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel got married.


Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy broke up after dating for five years.

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Joaquin Phoenix said he was quitting acting to pursue a rap career.

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Faye Dunaway and Hilary Duff started their feud after Faye reportedly said, “Couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?” upon hearing Hilary would play “Bonnie” in a Bonnie & Clyde remake (a role that Faye immortalized).

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Jessica Simpson got the internet in a tizzy after wearing these infamous jeans:

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The Oscar nominations were announced and, as expected, Heath Ledger received a posthumous nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

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Katy Perry said she was taking a vow of celibacy, but took it back the next day.

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The 66th Golden Globes award show aired, and some of the big winners were Slumdog Millionaire for Best Motion-Picture Drama…

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Mad Men for Best Television Series – Drama…

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…and 30 Rock for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also won Best Performances Globes in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for their performances on the show).

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Kara DioGuardi made her debut as a judge on the eighth season of American Idol.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Taken were among the movies released into theaters that month.

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And finally, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

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