Makeups, breakups and celebrity nudes. 2014 was a crazy year in R&B as our favorite singers and crooners gave us more than an eyeful to talk about. Beyonce and Jay Z caused a scandal in an elevator and managed to fend off rumors they were splitting while Robin Thicke and Paula Patton weren’t so lucky. Jhene Aiko came into her own as a solo star and the world fell in love with Sam Smith. Here’s a soulful trip down memory lane. Take a look at the Best and Worst R&B Moments of 2014.
Worst: Beyonce & Jay Z Elevator Fight
TMZ got hold of the notorious surveillance footage and speculation over Jayonce’s relationship quickly took over headlines. What caused the ruckus? Rumors of Jay’s infidelity and closeness with fashion designer Rachel Roy erupted and social media didn’t help, specifically Solange allegedly deleting photos of Beyonce from Instagram. Even ‘Law & Order’ featured an episode inspired by the incident.
Eventually, the Carters came out on top, sticking together and seemingly more in love than ever.
Best: ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ Revives Lil’ Fizz & Tearria Mari’s Careers
A blast from the past. Reality show fans rejoiced this year when we turned on ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ to find long-lost singers Lil’ Fizz and Teairra Mari. All season we’ve watched as Fizz battles matters of the heart while Teairra fights, well, everybody but mostly her ex-boo Ray J.
Worst: Aaliyah Biopic
Worst. Biopic. Ever? When Lifetime announced a movie documenting the life of late singer Aaliyah, fans were skeptical. Casting issues came up in finding an actress to play Aaliyah, which didn’t help the film considering the drama played out in the public space of Instagram and Twitter.
When the movie debuted in November, it was clear fans were not feeling it. Twitter was full of backlash over the flimsy plot, terrible casting choices and most of all, complaints from the singer’s actual friends and collaborators, like Timbaland.
Despite huge ratings, Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic was an epic fail.