So let's take a look back at the past 12 months, and see some of the year's greatest highlights and darkest moments – as well as some those pop-culture zeitgeists that captured our attention, long enough for us to temporarily forget our woes.
[Note: We basically left out political stories from the list entirely, both out of a concern for brevity, and our own sanity.]
The "Crazy In Love" singer posed for a flowery photoshoot in which she bared her burgeoning baby bump, and wrote in the caption, "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."
On June 13, Beyonce and JAY-Z welcomed their adorable bundles of joy -- son Sir and daughter Rumi. One month later, the couple -- who are also the parents to 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy -- took to Instagram to share the first official photos of their precious progenies.
"This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine," the couple said in a statement. "George is sedated and should recover in a few days."
"Guys, I'm sorry, no, there's a mistake," he explained. "Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke."
The rightful filmmakers then took the stage amid cheers of jubilation and delivered their acceptance speech to much fanfare. However viewers at home were left wondering what could have happened. An embarrassed Beatty said he was given the wrong card backstage, and after a brief and confusing mystery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars, owned up to the mistake in a public mea culpa.
"We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture," read a statement from PricewaterhouseCoopers. "The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected."
Naturally, the mix-up ended up being comedy fodder at subsequent awards shows throughout the year.
3. Mama June's Weight Loss Transformation Finally Revealed
While the transformation began in late 2016, the WE tv docu-series following her extensive medical procedures and lifestyle changes finally revealed her shocking transformation in the show's March Finale.
Mama June's impressive health journey quickly became one of the most talked-about reality TV news stories of the year, as people were blown away by the dramatic change, and speculated wildly about whether or not she's able to stay on her healthy living path.
The couple put forth a united front in their paperwork with Garner asking for joint legal and physical custody of the pair's three children -- 11-year-old Violet, 8-year-old Seraphina and 5-year-old Samuel. Affleck and Garner filed "pro per," without legal representation, and filed both the petition and response -- which mirror each other exactly -- together.
"Ben and Jen are both still 100 percent committed to co-parenting their children and making sure their family situation works for them all. You can't have anything better than that," a source close to the couple told ET at the time.
Three months after filing for divorce, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star struck up a romance with Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus. "Ben and Lindsay have known each other for a couple of years," a source told ET at the time. "Ben has been on SNL five times and has met Lindsay while hosting the show. It is early on in the relationship but they are very happy together."
In a recent interview with news.com.au, the actress said she hasn't been on a date since splitting with her ex in June 2015. "I haven’t been on a date and I am not interested in dating," she explained. "People want to set me up and I am just like, 'No thank you!'"
While the circumstances surrounding the show were initially vague, details soon began to emerge that the incident in question occurred between castmembers DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. While several different accounts were presented, it was reported by sources that Jackson and Olympios both heavily drank alcohol and the two ended up having a physical, sexual encounter.
Olympios addressed the controversy in a statement released via her lawyer days after news of the suspension broke. "I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4," she wrote. "Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production… As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality."
EXCLUSIVE: Corinne Olympios Reveals She Confronted DeMario Jackson in First Meeting Since 'BiP' Scandal
Jackson, in turn, denied any wrongdoing. Both parties went on to hire legal representation. After an investigation conducted by Warner Bros., the show's production company, found that the tape of the incident "does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member," filming resumed in Mexico with much of the original cast, minus Olympios and Jackson.
Questions were soon raised about issues of consent between castmembers who have been drinking heavily, and producers put stricter limits on how much alcohol contestants were allowed consume. The season premiered in August and allowed both Olympios and Jackson to tell their side of the story in special episodes.
Jackson and Olympios eventually reconnected and formed a strong friendship, even sparking dating rumors at one point, which Olympios denied to ET. "DeMario and I are close friends. We are not dating," she said. "Since things with Bachelor in Paradise wound down, DeMario and I talk almost every day. We both know neither of us made the complaint that started everything, so why wouldn't we be friends? We've been able to move forward and he's like a brother to me."
6. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian's Feud Goes Nuclear
However, the drama between the pair -- who welcomed daughter Dream in November 2016 -- came to a head when they went to war on social media in July. Kardashian took to Twitter to accuse his ex of cheating and went so far as to post nude photos of her, causing his social media accounts to be suspended.
"For now, Chyna has said she does not want to go to the police or pursue the criminal route," Bloom shared. "Chyna is aware that Rob is the father of her baby. She is not trying to start a war. She just wants herself to be protected and she wants to have some clarity about what the rules are going to be going forward [in regard to] co-parenting."
While the former couple eventually came to an agreement regarding custody, Chyna later sued her ex over the cancellation of E!'s Rob & Chyna – alongside his family – claiming in legal docs obtained by ET that the "Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show," as a form of "revenge" for leaving her ex. The ever-evolving legal battle is still ongoing.
"I hope it won't be as bad as I imagine. If it's that bad I probably won't survive it," she said. "I mean, if a whole gang of people want to kill you, they're gonna do it. If a whole bunch of people want to make your life a living hell, they're gonna do it."
8. Three Simultaneous Kardashian-Jenner Pregnancies
"Kylie always wanted to be a young mom," the source said at the time. "She's a very hands-on aunt and was basically a step-mom to Tyga's kid… [the] baby will be very well cared for and so loved. Kylie is excited that her baby will have cousins close to her age, too!"
Scott and Jenner began dating in April, following the end of her on-again, off-again relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Tyga. Jenner herself has yet to officially confirm the pregnancy news.
Less than a week after Kylie's pregnancy made headlines, news broke that Khloe Kardashian was expecting as well! ET learned that the 33-year-old fashion designer and reality star is pregnant with her first child -- a boy! -- with boyfriend Tristan Thompson, 26.
"Khloe is pregnant and due early next year. It's going to be a very busy time for the Kardashian-Jenner family," a source told ET. "Everyone is thrilled." It was later learned that the couple are expecting a baby boy.
"I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering," Gomez wrote in the caption to a photo of herself and Raisa laying side-by-side and holding hands in the hospital, before the operation. " It was what I needed to do for my overall health."
"There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa," she added. "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis."
"The thought of asking somebody to do that was really difficult for me," Gomez admitted. "Let alone somebody wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, that's unbelievable. That's not real."
Jason Aldean Opens 'SNL' With an Emotional Surprise Performance of Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down'
"So many people are hurting... Children, brothers, sisters, parents -- they're all part of our family… We're gonna work through these tough times together, all the way," Aldean said, before performing a cover of Tom Petty's iconic tune "I Won't Back Down" that served as a tribute to the victims of the shooting and to the late rocker, who died on Oct. 2.
12. Harvey Weinstein Scandal Breaks, Then the Dominoes Begin to Fall
Within days, the list of celebrities to come forth with their own accusations of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to rape, against the high-powered movie producer included Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, Paz de la Huerta and dozens upon dozens of others. Weinstein's spokesperson responded to the claims, saying, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."
Harvey Weinstein Fallout Continues as the Embattled Producer Heads to Treatment
Weinstein was swiftly fired from the production company he co-founded and fled to Arizona for treatment. While the fallout Weinstein faces is still growing months later, the accusations had a profound impact on Hollywood and America. Soon, the powerful #MeToo campaign took off, with millions of women sharing stories of sexual harassment that they've faced in their day-to-day lives. These courageous women were eventually honored by Time as the collective Person of the Year.
Additionally, the dominoes began to fall as other powerful men in show business were soon being called out for alleged incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Kevin Spacey Accused of Harassment by 8 'House of Cards' Staffers
Since Oct. 5, over 50 filmmakers, actors, producers, showrunners, network executives and TV personalities have been accused of sexual misconduct, and many have lost their jobs after internal investigations uncovered serious claims.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry," the 59-year-old former newsman expressed in the statement. "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job."