Undoubtedly Free Britney was one of the biggest moments of 2021, creating an uproar of public outrage and opening the conversation for how we treat female pop stars. In the same year, we also saw the likes of Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift reclaim their stories. So let’s all reminisce through our 2021 year in review!
It’s been a great year for women in music (and Lil Nas X?!) so we’re breaking down some of the most influential moments and what we’ve learned from them.
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Sources for The Year Women Dominated: 2021 Year in Review
How Olivia Rodrigo Became America’s Biggest New Pop Star (Time, Raisa Bruner, May 2021)
Britney Spears free from conservatorship, judge rules (NBC News, Doha Madani, Bianca Seward and Morgan Sung, November 2021)
Britney Spears’ conservatorship, explained (CBS News, ZOE CHRISTEN JONES, JUSTIN CARISSIMO, 2021)
Billie Eilish Vogue Cover Story (Vogue, Lauren Snapes, 2021)
Billie Eilish Explains Why She Covers Her Chest — and Why She Might Not Once She Turns 18 (People, 2019, Brianne Tracy)
Billie Eilish Speaks Her Truth for Calvin Klein’s #MyTruth Campaign: ‘You Can’t Fake Authenticity’ (Billboard, Rania Aniftos, 2019)
Everything We Know About Taylor Swift Re-Recording Her Old Albums (Parade, Jessica Sager, 2021)
Lil Nas X’s evil gay Satanic agenda, explained (Vox, Aja Romano, March 2021)
Megan Thee Stallion is now Megan Thee Graduate: ‘I know my parents are looking down on me’ (USA Today, Elise Brisco, 2021)
Megan Thee Stallion wins best new artist, the first televised award of the night. (NY Times, Joe Coscarelli, 2021)