2016 Superlatives: An Extraordinary Year In Review
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2016 Superlatives: An Extraordinary Year In Review

The best (and worst) the year 2016 had to offer

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With the year coming to a close, we can look back at the chaos known as 2016 and remember it as one of the wildest years we've come to experience and the countless times we asked ourselves if we were dreaming (although sadly, we weren't.) It's been a year of ups and downs that has both brought us together and torn us apart, yet somehow we've finally reached the homestretch. So with 2017 just around the corner, here's a recap of some of the best (and worst) moments brought to us over the course of the past year.

1. Biggest Upset of 2016

Bronze: Chicago Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years

Silver: The United Kingdom leaves the European Union (Brexit)

Gold: Republican Donald Trump defeats Democrat Hilary Clinton in general election

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Honorable mention: Cleveland Cavaliers come back from 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors


2. Most Tragic Celebrity Death of 2016

Bronze: Alan Rickman (Actor, Director)

Silver: Prince (Singer-Songwriter)

Gold: Muhammad Ali (Boxer, Social Activist)

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Honorable mention: Anton Yelchin (Actor)


3. Most Unexpected Headline of 2016

Bronze: Ryan Lochte Evidently Fabricates Reported Rio Robbery

Silver: Army Corps. of Engineers Reject Proposed Dakota Access Pipeline Route

Gold: FBI Clears Hilary Clinton of Wrongdoing in Email Investigation

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Honorable mention: Tom Brady ends "Deflate-gate," accepts 4-game suspension


4. Viral Star of the Year

Bronze: Chewbacca Mask Mom

Silver: Ken Bone

Gold: Harambe

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Honorable mention: D.J. Khaled


5. Power Couple of the Year

Bronze: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

Silver: Beyonce and Jay-Z

Gold: Barack and Michelle Obama

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Honorable mention: Bill and Melinda Gates


6. Biggest Sports Retirement of the Year

Bronze: Peyton Manning (QB, Denver Broncos)

Silver: Kobe Bryant (SG, Los Angeles Lakers)

Gold: David Ortiz (DH, Boston Red Sox)

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Honorable mention: Alex Rodriguez (SS, New York Yankees)


7. Breakout Artist of the Year

Bronze: Chance the Rapper (No Problem feat. Lil Wayne and 2Chainz, Blessings)

Silver: Anderson .Paak (Come Down feat. T.I., Am I Wrong feat. SchoolboyQ)

Gold: The Chainsmokers (Don't Let Me Down feat. Daya, Closer feat. Halsey)

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Honorable mention: Zayn Malik (PILLOWTALK, Wrong feat. Kehlani)


8. Celebrity Activist of the Year

Bronze: Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor, Producer)

Silver: Shailene Woodley (Actress)

Gold: Killer Mike (Rapper, Small Business Entrepreneur)

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Honorable mention: Lebron James (SF, Cleveland Cavaliers)


9. Jackass of the Year

Bronze: Kanye West (Rapper, Entrepreneur)

Silver: Tomi Lahren (Television Host, Political Analyst)

Gold: Martin Shkreli (Hedgefund Manager, Entrepreneur)

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Honorable mention: Curt Schilling (Athlete, Video Game Developer)


10. Best Overall Moment of 2016

Honorable mention: Leonardo DiCaprio wins an Oscar... finally.

Bronze: Hilary Clinton's reaction to falling balloons at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention

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Silver: Donald Trump tells a live national audience he doesn't have a small penis

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Gold: Dave Chapelle ends his 11-year hiatus on 'Saturday Night Live'

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