It’s easy to measure the year in terms of album releases, and in 2017, there were more than plenty. But it’s individual moments that made the year memorable — from Pink‘s awe-inspiring MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech to the time Katy Perry launched a weird, wild 96-hour livestream promoting Witness.
Below, reminisce on 16 thrilling, funny and iconic moments that helped make 2017 a landmark year for music, including a few you might have forgotten.
Jan. 21 Madonna gave an F-bomb-laden speech about “blowing up the White House” at the post-inauguration day Women’s March on Washington.
June 6 After mysterious “4:44” banners popped up across New York’s subway system, fans suspected the numbers would title JAY-Z’s next album. (They were right.)
June 8 Forty-nine million people watched Katy Perry sleep, do yoga and host a dinner party during a 96-hour livestream promoting her album Witness.
July 26 Charli XCX assembled Joe Jonas, Wiz Khalifa and 58 other male stars to eat pancakes and play with puppies in her “Boys” music video.
Aug. 20 After a five-year hiatus due to a legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, Kesha scored a No. 1 album, and her first Grammy noms, with Rainbow.
Aug. 27 Pink praised androgynous style during her empowering Video Vanguard acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Oct. 2 After going off the air in 2008, Total Request Live returned to MTV with a live performance from Ed Sheeran in New York’s Times Square.
Oct. 17 Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir threw a $1.7 million wedding in Miami on Oct. 17 with a 10-foot-tall cake, documenting the elegant bash on BET reality show The Mane Event.
Nov. 12 Sam Smith ended a three-year hiatus with The Thrill of It All, his first No. 1 album, led by the Hot 100 top five hit “Too Good at Goodbyes.”