The past year was full of epic concerts, games, and more. It was also full of moving moments of artists and athletes giving back. To celebrate the end of an incredible year of good times and good deeds, we’re taking a look back at how the people behind the live entertainment we love have made a huge impact on their fans and the world.
1. A Super Bet
When Starlord makes a bet with Captain America, everybody wins. Chris Pratt (AKA Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy) challenged Chris Evans (AKA Captain America) to a special Super Bowl bet between his Seattle Seahawks and Evans’ New England Patriots. Basically, the loser would dress in costume and pay a visit to a children’s hospital in the winning team’s city. The Pats came out on top, but both actors became true super heroes by showing up in costume.
2. Love Wins, Artists React
Following the momentous Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage, many artists—including Madonna, Charli XCX, and Ariana Grande—took to social media to show their support for love.
Finally And at Last! The Revolution Of Love has Begun! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#livingforlove ❤️#rebelheartsunite pic.twitter.com/nK9TH96Df8
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 26, 2015
3. Ordinary Heroes
Artists and athletes like Cody Simpson, Maria Sharapova, and Leona Lewis “donated” their social media feeds to help give a voice to the voiceless. By sharing compelling everyday stories about extraordinary survival in countries like Nepal and Syria, they helped make this World Humanitarian Day more poignant than ever.
4. John Wall’s Biggest Assist of the Year
Washington Wizards’ All-Star point guard John Wall took a break from breaking ankles to warm some hearts, donating $400,000 to Bright Beginnings who provide a classroom for homeless children in the D.C. area. Now that’s a slam dunk.
5. 1989 Tour Surprise Guest
Even after the platinum success of her album 1989, we’re still most impressed by Taylor Swift’s heart of gold. After learning about a young fan (also named Taylor) who was stricken with cancer, T. Swizz invited her back stage after the show.
6. Aziz Ansari’s Love Letter to His Parents
Moments after a guest appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, standup comedian and actor Aziz Ansari got real about how much he loved his parents. Feel free to call your mom crying after you read this heartfelt message from the Master of None star.
My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I'm really relieved this all worked out. Tonight after we did Colbert together he said: "This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you." I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have. I felt like a total piece of garbage for all the times I haven't visited my parents and told them I wanted to stay in New York cause I'd get bored in SC. I'm an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well. Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize. I've been overwhelmed by the response to the Parents episode of our show. What's strange is doing that episode and working with my parents has increased the quality of my relationship to my parents IN MY REAL LIFE. In reality, I haven't always had the best, most open relationship with my parents because we are weirdly closed off emotionally sometimes. But we are getting better. And if you have something like that with your family – I urge you to work at it and get better because these are special people in your life and I get terrified when my dad tells me about friends of his, people close to his age, that are having serious health issues, etc. Enjoy and love these people while you can. Anyway, this show and my experiences with my parents while working on it have been very important in many ways and I thank for you the part you all have played in it.
7. Music for Healing
The tragic events that took place in Paris a little over a month ago affected the entire the world. Musical artists like U2, Madonna, and Coldplay—whose touching cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” you can watch below—all paid their respects to the French people and showed them that we all stand together.
8. Rashad Jennings Gives Back
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings knows firsthand what good mentors can mean to a struggling kid. After all, his two brothers helped the former fifth-stringer improve his grades, work his tail off, and eventually play in the NFL. Now, he’s reaching out to superstars on all 32 NFL teams and other all-star athletes to start mentoring local students so that everyone can become a winner.
9. Pathway to Paris
Paris was also the site of the COP 21 conference, where world leaders gathered to discuss initiatives to help battle climate change. Again, major musicians were on the scene to show their support, including Patti Smith, Naomi Klein, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
10. 2 Amazing
Rapper 2 Chainz used some of the proceeds from his T.R.U. Foundation clothing line to help out disabled vet Deirdre Platter by paying her rent for a year. Knowing how hard it can be for folks down on their luck, 2 Chainz also furnished her apartment before encouraging everyone to give back on his social media pages.
Giving back for the holidays the right way…. I'm taking some of the proceeds from the dabbing Santa sweaters and giving back to the people in need. Eugene (in the video) was helping us today unload furniture and assemble everything. This is just as emotional for the people helping as it is for those we are helping…. #trufoundation #dabbinsanta
What better way to remember your one-of-a-kind live event moments from 2015 than with a greatest hits video starring YOU? Whether you’re a skilled video-maker or a total newbie, we’ve launched Year of You so you can make a personalized video of the amazing live events you attended this year with your favorite Facebook photos.
So let’s gush over the good times you had in 2015 together. Make your own video here now and then share it with us @Ticketmaster in social media using #YearOfYou, so we can celebrate the Year of You!