See all of Entertainment Weekly's 2018 Entertainers of the Year
The women of Crazy Rich Asians
The women of Crazy Rich Asians — Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, and Gemma Chan — grace the first iteration, which honors their reign as the queens of summer. While Henry Golding contributed a standout performance, it was the movie's female counterparts who captivated audiences, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
When it comes to cash, our second cover star didn't do too shabby in 2018. Cardi B had arguably the best year in music, thanks to her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, going double platinum. The 26-year-old also surpassed Beyoncé to become the first woman to have five top 10 singles. And she achieved all that in the same year she got married and gave birth.
Darren Criss, who graces our third cover, didn't tackle parenthood, but he did have a completely transformational year. After building a name as a song-and-dance man — thanks mostly in part to his time starring on Glee — he caught the attention of prestige TV fans and Emmy voters alike in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. His portrayal of killer Andrew Cunanan, under the watchful eye of director Ryan Murphy, spooked even the biggest American Horror Story devotees.
The women of Black Panther
On our fourth cover we honor the women of Black Panther. It says a lot about a film that here, almost a year after it first hit theaters, we are still just as enamored as we were at our first viewing. Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, and Letitia Wright completely stole the show during the revolutionary superhero flick, and seem to have inspired the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make great strides in the strong female lead department.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
When it comes to teamwork nobody in Hollywood holds a candle to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. They've been building their own individual movie stardom — with roles in Jack Ryan and Mary Poppins Returns, to name a few — but it's their joint venture, A Quiet Place, that solidified their place on the Entertainers of the Year list. The couple's longtime pal Matt Damon explains why they're just getting started.
The Fab 5
If you didn't spend at least half of 2018 bawling your eyes out while watching the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, did you even do 2018 at all? Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski — a.k.a. the Fab Five — changed the hearts and minds of America while also making their guests a little bit more stylish — and The Good Place's D'Arcy Carden wants to know where they've been all her life.
The Big Little Lies actress is everywhere this award season — she's taking on the superhero genre in Aquaman and tackling indie drama with roles in Boy Erased and Destroyer. The theme of motherhood stands out among all of her 2018 accomplishments, and her Destroyer director Karyn Kusama says it's all because of her willingness to be open and gutsy at the same time.