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We All Got a Booty Call

Backsides were front and center in music, television, and pop culture this year

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Sir Mix-A-Lot should really consider a career as a trend forecaster. The rapper was way ahead of his time when he proclaimed his love for a juicy booty on 1992’s ”Baby Got Back,” because 2014 will undoubtedly go down as the Year of the Rear. Jason Derulo’s ”Wiggle” encouraged big butts to shake. Meghan Trainor defied those body-image expectations with ”All About That Bass.” Nicki Minaj even sampled ”Baby Got Back” on ”Anaconda.” Then there was Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s duet, ”Booty,” basically the U.N. Summit of Ladies With Well-Endowed Cheeks. Possibly out of FOMO, Kim Kardashian crushed the competition last month with her naked, glazed bum in Paper magazine. (And it wasn’t just the girls: Charlie Hunnam revealed his rump on Sons of Anarchy and had the Parents Television Council crying and most of the Internet cheering.)

Why all this focus on the backdoor? It’s not sudden — we’ve been easing our way down. In the ’90s, boobs were huge, both literally and figuratively. We moved on to abs in the 2000s, with Britney Spears displaying her midriff whenever she had the chance. Enjoy your time in the sun, butts. Hollywood can be fickle. If my theory is correct, Christina Aguilera should be releasing a new song about sexy kneecaps in 3…2…1…

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