Big in 2000: Flashback to the year's biggest stars
The best and brightest in pop culture at the turn of the millennium.
2000's biggest stars
VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly honored the year's best in film, TV, music, and more, paying tribute to the likes of Amy Schumer, Taraji P. Henson, and the stars of Straight Outta Compton. In honor of the show — which aired on VH1 on Dec. 7, 2015 — let's take it back to the year 2000. Ahead, the biggest stars from the year that was Y2K.
Tom Hanks was a box office sensation in 2000 with the release of Cast Away. The star earned an Oscar nomination for his role as the marooned Chuck in the Robert Zemeckis drama, which made $429.6 million in worldwide ticket sales.
Tom Cruise became Ethan Hunt for a second time in 2000, hitting the big screen in Mission: Impossible 2. The action sequel earned a worldwide gross of $546.39 million and continued Cruise's run as a bankable global movie star.
Russell Crowe went to battle in 2000, starring as Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator. The epic brought in $457.64 million worldwide and nabbed Crowe the Oscar for Best Actor.
Mel Gibson was a busy man in 2000 with the release of four movies. The actor had a diverse schedule, lending his voice to the animated Chicken Run, starring as Benjamin Martin in the Roland Emmerich drama The Patriot, appearing alongside Milla Jovovich and Jeremy Davies in The Million Dollar Hotel, and trying out romantic comedies with the blockbuster What Women Want.
The year 2000 was a wild one for the ladies of Destiny's Child. After rising to fame with a lineup of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett, the group dropped their "Say My Name" music video with Knowles, Rowland, and new blood Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams. Franklin may not have lasted long, but Williams did, ushering in the glory that was "Survivor"-era Destiny's Child.
On May 23, 2000, Matchbox Twenty dropped Mad Season, the band's sophomore studio album. Led by the chart-topping singles "Bent" and "If You're Gone," the record went multiplatinum.
Angelina Jolie became an Oscar winner on March 26, 2000, taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted. She returned to theaters just months later in Gone in 60 Seconds, which made $237.2 million worldwide.
Kevin Spacey took home his second Academy Award in 2000, honored with Best Actor in a Leading Role for the critical darling American Beauty. He also starred alongside Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment in the drama Pay It Forward.
The Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys were in their pop heyday in 2000. The boy band performed at the 2000 Grammys, where they were nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "I Want It That Way," as well as Album of the Year for Millennium. Months after the Grammys, BSB went multiplatinum with the November 2000 debut of Black & Blue.
At the 2000 Grammy Awards, Christina Aguilera beat out Macy Gray, Kid Rock, Britney Spears, and Susan Tedeschi to win Best New Artist. The pop star topped charts that year with the release of "Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)," a cut off of 1999's Christina Aguilera.
Considered Christina Aguilera's pop competition, Britney Spears had her own huge year in 2000. While she was edged out at the Grammys for Best New Artist, the singer saw her own success with the May 2000 release of Oops!... I Did It Again. Spears' sophomore album went multiplatinum and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Eminem was everywhere in 2000, taking home Grammys for Best Rap Solo Performance for "My Name Is" and Best Rap Album for The Slim Shady LP. Following the release of the latter, the rapper dropped The Marshall Mathers LP in May 2000, going multiplatinum and topping the Billboard album chart.
The stars of Will & Grace
Shelley Morrison, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes teamed up as Rosario, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack for the beloved sitcom Will & Grace. The show took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2000 Emmys, where Hayes and Mullally also won in the supporting categories.
The stars of The West Wing
Winning big in the drama category at the 2000 Emmys opposite Will & Grace in comedy, The West Wing nabbed the honor of Outstanding Drama Series. Stars Richard Schiff and Allison Janney also won in the supporting categories for their turns as Toby Ziegler and C.J. Cregg, respectively.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were Hollywood's golden couple in 2000. The two actors tied the knot in July 2000, exchanging vows in a swanky ceremony at home in Malibu.