If you were going to select one reigning pop-cultural force from 2014, one that was both critically and commercially adored, one appreciated by tweens and grandparents alike, one that the bro-iest of bros and the most militant of the pumpkin-spice-latte brigade embraced with equal measure, it would have to beTaylor Swift. Swift owned 2014 in a manner not seen since perhaps Britney Spears in the early 2000s. We pored over every Instagram she posted; we (literally) mapped out her ever-expanding social circle; and, though it took some of us longer than others, we all eventually succumbed to the addictive qualities of her singles.
As this year comes to a close (fittingly, to be seen off by none other than Swift, as she is set to perform at Times Square on New Year’s Eve), let’s take a look back at her major moments from 2014.
1) J. Law photobomb at the Golden Globes (January). It seems like decades ago—this was pre-1989, pre-New York, pre-Karlie Kloss—but it was only 12 months ago that Swift was making headlines related to another supremely famous twentysomething, Jennifer Lawrence. At the Golden Globes, Swift’s “frenemy” (who, Swift noted on air, never came to any of her concerts, even after expressing her interest in doing so) photobombed the pop star during a red-carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest. We can only assume Swift, when reminded of the incident by acquaintances now, just rolls her eyes and offers a sly, “I mean, it’s sort of what you’d expect from her, right?”