This year has been great for the world of entertainment, so I thought it would be appropriate to recognize some of the best of 2010. These are some of my personal favorites in music, movies and TV for 2010.
TV: Modern Family
This sitcom debuted last fall with great reviews but it wasn’t until this years Emmys that they started gaining more popularity. While the show began in a typical fashion examining three semi-ordinary families, it turned into a hilarious half hour you just can’t get enough of. The characters’ background stories continue to grow on you and keep you entertained show after show. The show’s writers regularly put out fresh story ideas, without losing its original flavor. It also doesn’t hurt that Modern Family beat out Glee for Best Comedy Series on television.
I remember the first time I saw Inception’s trailer; I thought to myself, “What in the world is going on?” I think that is why the movie received so much buzz and anticipation: people were trying to figure out what the movie was going to be like and what it entailed.
The movie debuted at number one and remained in that slot for a couple of weeks. The cast was great and it was nice to see some of the actors step away from their usual types of roles. For example, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page moved away from the normal laughs and stepped into a drama. The movie itself still raised a lot of questions like, “Did he really die?” This is one I am still personally trying to figure out.
Music: Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eminem (3-Way Tie)
I couldn’t just pick one for this category since so much has happened in the music industry this year.
Let’s start with Justin Bieber. As much as I hate to say this, Justin Bieber had a great year. This kid was all over the media this year, everywhere you went, you heard about Justin Bieber. He even recently crossed the Atlantic to make an appearance on “The X Factor” in the UK. Though it kills me to admit this, with multiple awards under his belt and a coveted Best New Artist nominee, it would seem Justin Bieber isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The next winner in music is obviously the “I Kissed a Girl” singer, Katy Perry. Everyone thought this girl was going to be a one-album wonder but when her single, “California Gurls,” came out right before summer, she showed she had lasting power. Her album, “Teenage Dream,” shot to the top of the charts, debuting at number one. It also brought out two other hit singles: “Teenage Dream” and her current hit, “Firework.” Ms. Perry, or now, Mrs. Brand, was also all over the media this year, from magazine covers to TV appearances, due to her recent marriage to UK actor/comedian Russell Brand. She finishes up the year with four Grammy nominations, including one for Album of the Year.
Lastly, we have Eminem, who finally re-emerged on the rap scene. He was the big winner when it comes to the rap game this year, surprising everyone who thought he had nothing left in him after his last album. His album, “Recovery,” dropped mid-summer and debuted at number one, holding strong for four weeks before he was dethroned by Avenge Sevenfold. The thing is, Eminem wasn’t afraid to say, “Ok, my last album was mediocre…let me show you what I really got.” That is exactly what he did. This new album is so raw and emotionally-driven, that you can’t help but feel some kind of emotion when you’re listening to it. Eminem finishes up the year leading the pack with 10 Grammy nominees including one for Album of the Year and one for Record of the Year.