After a year of closures and cancellations, 2021 has brought a rebirth and renewal to the entertainment industry. Glamor made a big comeback on catwalks and red carpets in Europe and the United States, which saw the return of the Met Gala and major film festivals and awards shows.
The Associated Press photographers have captured major moments in another life-changing year of change and adaptability for the entertainment world.
Events have become more intimate, whether at the Grammys where BeyoncÃ© triumphed or at the Oscars where Emerald Fennell appeared shocked backstage after winning the original screenplay. The family have remained close, like when Pink and her daughter put on a dazzling trapeze show at the Billboard Music Awards.
The virus, of course, was lurking. Cara Delevingne posed in a fashion show behind plexiglass as Hollywood Boulevard closed its doors and hosted a massively left-behind Gucci show. The stars have ditched their masks for the cameras, but premieres and broadcasts have generally been held with limited capacity and strict pandemic protocols.
Events crackled with new and playful energy, such as when actor Jean Dujardin stood up for photographers at Cannes or Jamie Lee Curtis channeled his mother, Janet Leigh, to the âHalloween Killsâ carpet. Jojo Siwa exuberantly took a selfie with BTS, finally free to perform in the US again, at the American Music Awards. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon shared a kiss in a Thunderbird resembling the one they drove in “Thelma & Louise”. But THE KISS belonged to one of the biggest revival stories of the year: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck reunited making their reunion official at a PDA-packed Venice Film Festival premiere.
It might not have been the year planned. As difficult as it was, at least it didn’t sound like Zack Snyder’s doomsday take on Las Vegas.