On 10th January 2016 David Bowie died from liver cancer, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of Blackstar, his 25th and final studio album. In DG #22 we marked the passing of a multi-era-defining giant of pop culture by mapping Bowie’s life as an artist and icon.
Previously on ‘Culture’
In January 2017 the world got an unnerving glimpse into its automated future when a San Diego broadcaster uttered these five fateful words into the camera – and, overheard by a number of Amazon Echo devices in viewers’ homes, inadvertently triggered a rush on children’s toy residences.
With everything else that went on in 2016, you’d be forgiven for not keeping up with the year’s major album releases. Luckily, every four issues of Delayed Gratification we aggregate a whole 12 months’ worth of music criticism into a single, definitive guide to the albums of the year.
From David Bowie’s departure in January to the tragic synchronicity of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, dying on consecutive days in December, the frequency of familiar faces being lost from our lives during 2016 seemed both unprecedented and bewildering – partly thanks to the spectacle of public mourning gathering relentless momentum on social media.
Despite her protestations that Beyoncé should have won instead, Adele scored big at the 2017 Grammy awards on Sunday 12th February.
She picked up all five of the awards for which she was nominated, including Record of the Year for ‘Hello’ and Album of the Year for ‘25’ – which she received saying, “I can’t possibly accept this award,” instead dedicating it to “artist of my life” Beyoncé for her album ‘Lemonade’. Later the 28-year-old London-born singer-songwriter broke the gong in half to share it with her idol.
When former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher died in April 2013, aged 87, she was remembered for many things. Not top of the list, but impressive nonetheless, was the fact that she had an unusually low sleep requirement.
On 14th January, actor Alan Rickman died aged 69. To honour his work we charted his silver screen career, plotting critical reception against box office takings.
Our annual meta-analysis of 2016’s film awards season is here with the definitive overview of which films took home the most prizes overall – and should therefore be prioritised on your watchlist. Mad Max’s decisive victory is difficult to ignore, but don’t overlook less-recognised gems such as Anomalisa and Bridge of Spies.
This infographic was taken from issue #22 of Delayed Gratification. To see it in all its printed glory, buy the issue in our shop or take out an annual subscription with promotional code SOCIAL20 and we’ll send you the issue for free.
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