Tons of super important global things happened in 2011… but thankfully it’s not our job to tell you about those things! Which is great, because we totally skipped social studies on the regular back in the day. It is our job, however, to report the best, most amazing, OMG moments in pop music throughout the year, and we’re doing it in GIF form! OBviously.
Our main GIF guy T. Kyle hooked us up with the best GIFs from 2011, and we are forever in debt to him for it. (Check out his GIF-tastic Tumblr!) We’ve got Rihanna barfing up ribbons in her EPIC “We Found Love” video, Britney Spears’ “OMFG”-inducing shower scene from “Criminal,” a little Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez PDA action, and of course, the GIF seen round the world, Beyoncé rubbing her belly for the first time at the 2011 VMAs!
+ Check out some of the best pop music GIFs from 2011 below, and see them all after the jump!
Check out more pop music GIFs from 2011 after the jump!
Britney and her real-life BF Jason Trawick got super (uncomfortably?) steamy in her “Criminal” video.
The unstoppable force that is Mindless Behavior.
Oh, you didn’t hear? Lil Wayne’s still running the show. Young Money 4 eva.
Rest in peace, Amy Winehouse. We miss you so much.
Drake tried to make Cosby sweaters work for him. He succeeded.
EVERY DAY WE’RE SHUFFLIN’.
Taylor Swift. In a sparkly dress. IN SLOW MOTION.
Oh hai, Mac Miller. Welcome to the party. We think you’ll be here for a while.
Bruno Mars was actually the opposite of lazy this year. Also, THIS GIF = dirty bit.
Demi Lovato single-handedly changed the way we feel about really tall buildings.
2011’s pop power couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez share a kiss in public.
Beyonce shared a really big secret with the world during the 2011 VMAs — she’s preggers!
Starting Monday, Dec. 12, MTV will reveal the best artists, songs and movies of the year. Come to MTV News each day to see more big reveals and check out more of MTV’s Best of 2011 music, TV, movies, and news coverage.