Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake and Khalid are just a few of today’s biggest artists and celebrities who love to capture and share their happiest, greatest, most unguarded moments via social media. Whether backstage or at home, here the famous faces in music and beyond who have given fans a glimpse into their busy, fun-filled lives this past year.
Selena Gomez rang in her 25th birthday with an intimate gathering of friends at her home on July 22nd, surrounded by white and teal balloons and not one, but two, birthday cakes. “Thank you for all of my bday love. I couldn’t be more blessed,” she captioned one photo. “A lot of you don’t realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. –think 25 is going to be epic. xo.”
Fun-lovin’ Chance the Rapper got ready for the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 8th the best way he knew how: with a casual Super Soaker fight. The so-called “Mayor of Bonnaroo” headlined the annual Tennessee music festival and made a grand entrance that involved a mini-motorbike and some theatrical flames onstage.
Life’s a beach for Katy Perry, who enjoyed some down time with her gal pals in Baja California on May 11th, about one month before the release of her newest album, Witness, and the whirlwind publicity tour that followed. See: the Witness World Wide Livestream, the release of several visually captivating music videos and hosting the MTV VMAs.
Solange‘s A Seat at the Table continued to give life to music fans and superstar admirers alike with the launch of a unique tour this past summer, performing at music festivals, museum venues and other sites around the world. She took a moment to strike a regal pose in Bari, Italy, on June 11th.
Before the September release of LP Tell Me You Love Me, Demi Lovato took her downtime seriously: soaking in the sun, hitting the gym and occasionally, knitting whilst aboard a private jet, as one does.
DJ Khaled had a lot to celebrate this year, with the July release of his album, Grateful, featuring a number of collaborations with heavyweights like Rihanna, Future, Rick Ross, Migos, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Drake, just to name a few. It debuted at No.1 on the Billboard charts and was certified platinum in August.
Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year, Rihanna, lived up to her title in 2017, traveling worldwide to teach kids math in Malawi, discussing education with Justin Trudeau and other world leaders and hosting her third annual Diamond Ball benefit in NYC in September. “Met the bravest, most humble kids and young women this week! I can’t wait to share more!” she wrote back in January.
Justin Bieber‘s guest vocals on “Despacito” marked his latest comeback this year, but in July, the singer cancelled his Purpose world tour, citing “extreme exhaustion.” In his down time, the pop star enjoyed some quality time with family and friends, including his younger brother Jaxon.
Gigi Hadid rang in her 22nd birthday with her ride or die, boyfriend of a year-and-a-half, Zayn Malik, and close friends and family on April 23rd. The model kicked off her day with gifts and greetings from famous well-wishers, a watercoloring session with sister Bella and a helicopter ride above Hollywood, capping off the day with a low-key house party with her loved ones.
Miley Cyrus shed her over-the-top concert outfits and outsized public persona for a little down time with her favorite pups this summer, soaking in the sun and showing off her yoga-toned bod in the lead-up to the September release of her newest album, the mellow, country-inflected Younger Now.
Jennifer Lopez and baseball great Alex Rodriguez haven’t made any efforts to hide their love for one another ever since they confirmed their relationship early in 2017; in June, the pair traveled to France for what Lopez dubbed “#baecation2017.”
Tennis superstar Serena Williams reveled in her 2017, announcing her pregnancy (by accident!) in April via social media, and welcoming her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, with fiance Alexis Ohanian, in early September. In between, the supestar athlete celebrated her pregnancy with several vacations, including this one in May to Pandora – The World of Avatar, at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Madonna is living her best life. On September 2nd, she announced to fans that she and her family had moved near Lisbon, Portugal, to an approximately 5.5-acre estate about 20 miles outside the city – with new music and a film project on the way. On September 7th, she shared a snapshot of herself riding a Vespa with the telling caption, “Good things come to those who wait.”
Leave it to Lorde to celebrate the June 16th release of her sophomore album, Melodrama, in a fashion both chic and fun. The New Zealander shared a post to Instagram on the big day, of her jumping on a bed while clad in a stylish all-black dress, hair flying.
Nobody brings country soul to the stage quite like Blake Shelton. The singer shared a black-and-white photo of himself in his element, riling up the crowd at a show with his guitar raised and a drink in the other hand, on April 25th.
Gwen Stefani celebrated Thanksgiving with boyfriend Blake Shelton and their families in Oklahoma last year in a getaway complete with competing turkeys, ’80s sing-alongs and plenty of PDA.
LL Cool J marked his 49th birthday with a big family get-together that included his wife of 22 years, Simone Smith, his four grown children, and close pal Magic Johnson, in September. “I deeply appreciate your love and the spirit of generosity that you guys shared with me,” he captioned a series of photos from the special day. “I truly appreciate every single one of you. I’m surrounded by great people.”
Even with her millions-strong legion of Little Monsters, Lady Gaga‘s biggest fans still remain her ever-supportive family. In August, she shared a photo of herself with her grandma Ronnie, her mom Cynthia, and sister Natalie. “3 generations of fire,” she captioned the shot.
When Pharrell isn’t busy giving commencement speeches, taking care of his triplets or collaborating on hit singles like this summer’s “Feels,” he likes to spend his time in the kitchen – namely having a pizza party with pals, like he did this past July.
John Mayer had a busy year in 2017 with his The Search for Everything World Tour; to get ready for his high-energy performances, he often goofed off with his crew backstage, like did here at the Vancouver, BC stop of the trek in April.
Breakout singer Khalid took home the Artist to Watch Award at the MTV VMAs this year, but the 19-year-old teen, who made a mark with his hit single “Location,” hasn’t forgotten who his “real brothers” are.
Miranda Lambert turned in her glam country rocker outfits for a more laid-back look while touring the Alamo in her native Texas with friends on September 14th.
Ed Sheeran returned from his one-year hiatus from social media in a very big way, dropping his latest album, Divide, in March and kicking off the first batch of shows at the end of June, with plenty of shenanigans along the way, including this encounter with some dudes from Hooters in September.
Paris Jackson’s love for nature knows no bounds, and the aspiring model frequently shares photos of herself surrounded by blues and greens – and sometimes with a wild furry friend or two, like this monkey.
MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award 2017 winner Pink and husband, Carey Hart, have gone on many adventures over the years, including this snowboarding trip to Mammoth Mountain, California, in February.
Floyd Mayweather made history on August 26th by remaining undefeated in 50 of his 50 boxing matches after beating out MMA champion Conor McGregor, and was still celebrating and smiling big days later.
Ciara and husband Russell Wilson indulge in PDA no matter where they go, and on September 3rd, the couple cuddled up on a couch included in Yayoi Kusama’s “Obliteration Room” at the Seattle Art Museum.
John Legend kicked off his Darkness and Light tour on May 12th in Miami with the help of his two biggest supporters: wife Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna, who got to meet some creatures along the way.
When he’s off-stage and out of the spotlight, Justin Timberlake enjoys all matter of sports, especially golfing and fishing. “Fresh ceviche for everybody!” he captioned a stunning photo of himself and a friend hefting up an impressive catch.
Beyoncé loves a good costume, and last Halloween, she and Jay Z went all out in matching Barbie and Ken outfits with their daughter Blue.