As the demand for more efficient, cleaner, and ultimately cheaper forms of transport grow in the public, manufacturers are heeding the call. In the past few years, the idea of clean cars, or cars that are not bound to fossil fuels, has gone from being somewhat of a passing thought in the minds of motorists to a very real reality.
Perhaps a form of Moore’s Law has something to do with this, as car companies have made leaps and bounds in the past few years regarding the capacity, potential, and efficiency of electric vehicles – with each year bringing the dream of electric or clean vehicles a lot closer than the distant horizon it seemed to be on in 2010.
At first, it seemed like we’d only get updates, prototypes, or theories regarding the viability of electric or clean-energy vehicles in past years. However, these days it seems like there’s something new regarding the technology nearly every two weeks! This is both exciting and encouraging not only for those concerned about the health of the planet or the cost of driving but also for those interested in seeing us step into a new frame of the future. One that finally feels a little more in touch with expectations for technology and our societies as a whole.
In the past week, Hyundai has announced that they are investing $6.9 billion into hydrogen fuel cells – a strong indicator that manufacturers are just as eager for the change as we are!
Hydrogen fuel cells use a combination of hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity and the only byproduct is pure H20! The idea not only sounds cool – but it’s also becoming a highly realistic option for our transportation needs and in the near future, possibly even localized energy supply for domestic use. Hyundai currently expects that the demand for hydrogen fuel cells will grow tremendously by the year 2030 and with the rate at which large-scale car manufacturers are adopting electric vehicle use, the demand for hydrogen fuel cells will probably go up a lot quicker than that! Only time will tell now, but the future is looking bright for clean energy and clean transport!
40+ Celeb Photos From the Year 2000 That Are Now 22 Years Old
Incredibly, we’re actually living in the year 2022. Though it makes us feel super old, that means it’s been two entire decades — plus some — since the year 2000. Y2K might be back in fashion, but we’re not so sure it should be after looking at these pictures. Join us to look back at when Britney was on top, Eminem was the ultimate bad boy, and P!nk still had pink hair. It was a wild time!
Destiny’s Child Plus One
Well, well, well, what do we have here? Beyoncé fans know that the star was once the frontwoman of iconic girl group Destiny’s Child. Fans know that Bey’s bandmates were Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. However, real fans know that DC had a couple of other line-ups over the years.
At one point, the four-piece band included LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. Then, LaTavia and LeToya were replaced with Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams. After five months, Farrah quit and left us with the holy trinity.
Charlie’s Angels, Come On
Hey, we’re not going to talk about Destiny’s Child in the year 2000 and not also mention Charlie’s Angels! The RnB group provided the soundtrack for the noughties remake. The opening lines of “Independent Women” even namecheck the movie’s leading ladies – “Lucy Liu, With my girl Drew, Cameron D. and Destiny, Charlie’s Angels, come on.”
Trust us when we say that this was a major collab for the year 2000. Plus, the new generation angels were ideal for a Y2K audience.
SJP’s Award Show Towel
At the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, Sarah Jessica Parker wowed guests with 15 different costumes. At the time, Sex and the City was at its peak. The awards show opened with a parody of the hit series, including cast members Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis. At one stage, SJP supposedly gets caught short. This is when she appears in just a towel. Risque!
Because it was the year 2000, this awards show had performances by NSYNC and Metallica.
Dwayne Johnson’s Hair-Topped Head
At this stage, we’re all totally used to seeing actor Dwayne Johnson with his signature smooth head. However, lest we forget, this man wasn’t always a Hollywood heartthrob. At one point in his career, he had hair, wore gold lame vests, and dined out on raising an eyebrow.
The Rock – as he was known – spent eight years wrestling with WWE. After that, he started making movies, which was definitely a good decision. Now, he’s one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors.
The Backstreet Boys in Beige
Just take a look at this fashion crime. Here are some members of the Backstreet Boys with a trophy at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards. The hit boyband was formed in 1993, and included band members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson.
It seems most appropriate to just describe some of the noughties fashion antics going on here. We have way too much denim, way too much beige, and more faux fur than should ever be necessary.
Chris and Katie’s Love
Though he’s not as famous anymore, actor Chris Klein was a big deal in 2000. Known for the American Pie movies, the star was a regular Hollywood heartthrob. He and Dawson’s Creek star Katie Holmes started dating and eventually got engaged in 2003. Though as we know, this pair didn’t make it down the aisle together.
Chris and Katie look quite the noughties pair in this photo. She’s sporting some ringlets and a halter neck top, while he’s opted for Y2K swept bangs.
Enrique Iglesias’ Parachute Pants
In the year 2000, there were many, many fashion crimes. Perhaps everyone was just pleased that the Millennium bug turned out to be basically fine. Regardless, there’s not really any excuse for this sort of chaotic ensemble.
Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias crooned for the crowds at MTV’s Spring Break 2000 in Cancun Mexico. He wore a woolly hat, orange parachute pants, a Philippines emblazoned polo shirt, and wraparound black shades. Enrique, you’re so much better than this. This isn’t beanie weather!
Dennis Rodman’s Sparkly Crop-Top
We’ve had plenty of bad noughties fashion, but we’d never sneer at the style choices of Dennis Rodman. The former basketball player has a flamboyant, experimental, and on-trend sense of style. In fact, he’s sort of like the Harry Styles of his time – fashion-wise anyway.
This 20-year-old snap shows the tattooed athlete at the MTV Video Music Awards in a silver sparkly vest top with low-waisted jeans. As always, Dennis’s look is a chic blend of masculinity and femininity.
Eminem’s Army of Eminems
And while we’re at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, why not take a look at the other guests? Marshall Mathers – or Eminem – was riding high at this time in his career. In fact, he took home seven awards from this ceremony, including Best Video.
At this awards show, Slim Shady opened his set with an army of lookalikes. 100 clones of the star entered Radio City Music Hall in New York while he performed a medley of “The Real Slim Shady”/”The Way I Am.”
Cate Plus Eight
We are thoroughly shook at this picture of the usually chic Cate Blanchett sporting a seriously dodgy hairstyle. In fact, this style looks just like the classic Karen cut worn by Cate Gosselin of Jon and Cate Plus Eight. It looks like she’s going to ask to speak to the manager at any moment!
Apparently, this short choppy do was a wig, so at least that’s something. The Australian actress wore this style on the red carpet because she had shaved her head for another role.
The Cruel Intentions Kiss
Noughties sweethearts Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Geller locked lips in movie Cruel Intentions, and that wasn’t the last time. Far from it! The actresses recreated their famous kiss at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, and have recently done so again at the 2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time.
Looking back, Selma Blair has said, “It was a catalyst for so many young people to help them realize certain aspects of their [orientation] and help make people comfortable to be who they really are.”
Jessica Simpson’s Birthday Cake
Look at that fresh face! Here we have Jessica Simpson standing over a large sheet cake with what’s supposed to be her face on it. Honestly, we’re glad that cake decorating has improved over the years. The Kardashian-Jenners wouldn’t be caught dead with such an unadorned, flat cake. Where’s the multi-tiered, rose-covered Mindy Weiss cake?
Incredibly, young Jessica was just turning 20 in 2000! This snap was taken at the Sony Studios in Santa Monica with 160 fans in attendance.
Wyclef Jean’s Mickey Mouse Boxers
We’ve seen what the Backstreet Boys wore to the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards, but what about everyone else? Well, it appears that Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean really wanted to show off his Mickey Mouse emblazoned boxer shorts. Is that some sort of shout-out to the USA?
Back in 2000, Wyclef had already had huge success with the Fugees. He released his second solo album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book that year, which nabbed him a Grammy nomination.
Halle Berry’s Whale Tail
Alright, let’s dig deep into one of the most troubling trends of the noughties. Since low waists were still a thing then, people had all sorts of ways of adorning their midriffs. As we know, lots of people got tattoos on their lower backs – something they later regretted. But what about the whale tail?
Here, actress Halle Berry is demonstrating the whale tail perfectly. It’s when a woman’s underwear rides above their waistline, looking just like a whale’s tail from the back. Get it?
Angie and Billy Bob
In 2000, Angelina Jolie’s divorce from Johnny Lee Miller went through. And, she got hitched to second husband Billy Bob Thornton. Angie’s career was on the up, and she took home an Oscar at the 2000 Academy Awards for her role in Girl, Interrupted.
Angie and Billy Bob got hitched in Las Vegas after dating for a few months. They were all about the PDA, which is pretty clear in this picture of the couple smooching beside Angie’s brother.
Hilary Swank’s Motorola
Isn’t this a strange view of the Academy Awards? Here we have actress Hilary Swank on her flip-phone Motorola with her Best Actress Oscar casually hanging out beside her dinner plate. Perhaps she was calling her mom to let her know the good news.
Hilary won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2000 Academy Awards for her turn as trans man Brendan Teena in Boy’s Don’t Cry. Five years later she would become the first two-time winner of the award in the 21st century for Million Dollar Baby.
Melanie Griffith’s Antonio Tattoo
Over the years, various stars have had their partners’ names tattooed on themselves. In fact, Angelina Jolie had “Billy Bob” tattooed on her upper arm for quite some time. That is, until she covered it with the birthplace coordinates of her kids and third husband, Brad Pitt.
Anyway, actress Melania Griffith had husband Antonia Banderas’ name inked on her upper arm inside a heart. The couple ended their marriage after almost 20 years in 2015. Since then, Melanie has had some laser treatment.
Jenny From the Block
How could we ever forget J.Lo’s Jenny from the block moment? At this time, the singer and actress was dating P. Diddy, and they made pop-culture royalty. Come to think of it, J.Lo is always pop-culture royalty. For the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, the star wore this white bandana and crop top look from Diddy’s clothing line.
Jennifer Lopez took home two awards from this ceremony – one for best dance video, and one for best choreography. We’d love a reprise of this look!
Jaime King’s Camcorder
We’ve seen Hilary Swank’s Motorola cellphone, but let’s not forget about camcorders. Before everyone had a camera in their pocket at all times, people had to buy separate technology to take videos. That’s right – cellphones didn’t have cameras that were worth using.
Taking videos required a whole different, and expensive, apparatus. This throwback picture shows actress and model Jaime King capturing the magic on her birthday. From our calculations, the star was turning 21 on this special night.
Oops I Did It Again
Britney Spears has been back in the news recently, partly to set things straight. In 2000, Brit was the biggest popstar in the world, and we had no idea of what was to come for the star. At the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney started off in a black suit and ended up in this ab-baring sparkly nude ensemble.
Britney was just 18 years old when she opened this awards ceremony. This gold outfit is now displayed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Who’s That Girl?
Time for more clunky Y2K technology! Personally, we love these pictures because this stuff would have been at the forefront of technology at the time. Stars wanted to be seen with this new tech, as it made them look savvy, on-trend, and wealthy.
This picture shows rapper Eve carefully typing on a PC. This was before laptops were readily available, and way before iPads and tablets came on the scene. We like to think she was jotting down some new lyrics.
The Super Cute Carter Brothers
In 2000, it seemed like the Carter brothers would be around forever. In reality, not so much. Older brother Nick was part of the mega-successful boyband Backstreet Boys. Younger brother Aaron was a teen heartthrob and appeared with the band on tour. Together, they were blonde brothers who sang and danced – that’s a recipe for success.
These days, the Carter brothers are still around. Aaron had his girlfriend’s name tattooed on his head in 2020, though she was arrested shortly afterwards.
Double Trouble With the Sprouses
What’s better than two talented brothers working in show business? Well, twin brothers working in showbusiness of course! Here we have the always adorable Dylan and Cole Sprouse at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. Just look at their little matching shirts! It’s too much!
At this point in their career, the Sprouse brothers had appeared in Big Daddy with Adam Sandler. The following year, Cole would play little Ben Geller in hit sitcom Friends. As we know, the boys are still acting.
Aaliyah the Princess
Tragically, the world lost Aaliyah too soon when she passed away at 22 in a plane crash. Here she is at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards absolutely slaying the red carpet. The Princess of R&B wore a Gucci LBD, a fabulous gold arm cuff, and some ahead of her time ombre locks.
Aaliyah appeared in her first movie in 2000 and provided single “Try Again” for the soundtrack. Naturally, it topped the charts just on airplay, making the artist the first person to do so.
Get This Party Started
Can you even believe it? It’s easy to forget just how rogue artist P!nk was when she first appeared on the scene. Here she is at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards with some seriously suspect hair and fashion choices. Where’s the waistband of her pants? How are they staying up? And we can’t even talk about the hair.
In 2000, P!nk already had a double-platinum debut album. She also strutted her stuff in the “Lady Marmalade” video alongside Xtina, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, and Mya.
Spice Up Your Life
Woah. Just Woah. Here we have the Spice Girls at a crucial time in their lifespan. Gerri Halliwell had left the group in 1998, and the band released an album without her in 2000. Here they are at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards in Stockholm without Ginger Spice.
At the end of this year, sadly the Spice Girls would call it quits. They have reunited and toured since then, and remain the bestselling girl group of all time. People of the world — spice up your life!
Ashton Kutcher’s Gold Tooth
Isn’t this Ashton Kutcher quite far from the man currently married to actress Mila Kunis? This character is much more suspect, from his gold tooth to his gold camel necklace. And is that a Kabbalah red string we spy around his neck too?
This is a snap of the star attending the 2000 VH1 music awards. In 2000, Ashton Kutcher had only been on the scene for several years. He played Michael Kelso in That 70s Show before breaking into movies.
Fresh-Faced Mandy Moore
Truth be told, singer and actress Mandy Moore has always looked incredibly fresh-faced. While she’s twenty years older now, the star still looks pretty darn close to this dewy beauty snapped in 2000. The star first appeared as a popstar in the ’90s, charming audiences with single “Candy.”
In the years after this picture was taken, Mandy Moore transitioned into TV and movies. She’s voiced a Disney princess, won awards for her dramatic acting, and starred in multiple genres.
Verne Troyer’s Popcorn
This picture has Y2K written all over it. Here we have actor Verne Troyer squatting over his MTV Movie Award in a very on-brand pose. The actor started working in the mid-’90s and landed the role of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series.
In fact, co-creator Mike Myers rewrote the script to include more of Troyer’s character. Verne Troyer went on to star in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and appeared on reality TV. Sadly, he passed away in 2018.
Xtina’s X-Rated Outfit
We don’t know about you, but we simply adore Christina Aguilera’s noughties era fashion. We remember the very moment we first saw the star wearing chaps and flicking her ratty hair in the music video for “Dirrty” – it was iconic. T
his picture from the 2000 VMAs shows the star in between fashion phases. She released her first Spanish language album in 2000, after having three number one pop singles. It would be two years until she caused controversy for her Stripped album.
Chic Cynthia Nixon
She’s back on our screens as Miranda Hobbes, but here Cynthia Nixon is right at the peak of SATC fever. The star performed from a young age, and made history by starring in two Broadway plays at once. In 2000, she was part of the SATC quartet, and landed a leading role in a movie.
Over the years, Cynthia Nixon has taken home an Emmy, multiple Tony awards, and even a Grammy. Of course, she also ran for Governor of New York in 2018.
It’s Carson Daly’s World
Back in the noughties, MTV’s Total Request Live – or TRL – was the place to be for new music. The show was hosted by Carson Daly from 1998 to 2003, and was the place to be for celebrity interviews and new music videos. Plus, the show is where the DJ found his noughties’ other half.
Carson Daly and Tara Reid met on the cult show and started dating. The pair were briefly engaged and lived together in New York City. However, they called the whole thing off in 2001.
It’s Gonna Be Me
Who remembers this NSYNC moment? The boy band released the single, “It’s Gonna Be Me” in 2000, and they really went to town with promoting it. The music video showed each band member as a doll in a toy store with a woman trying to buy them.
The band performed the track at both the 2000 MTV Movie Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. “It’s Gonna Be Me” was the second single from NSYNC’s album No Strings Attached. See what they’ve done there?
The Jolie Siblings’ Smooch
We know that Angelina Jolie has been on our list already, but we really couldn’t miss out on this picture. As we’ve learned already, Angie won her first Oscar in 2000. During her acceptance speech, she said, “I’m in shock, and I’m so in love with my brother right now, He just held me and said he loved me, and I know he’s so happy for me.”
While the world was in shock by the siblings’ smooch, Angelina commented that “my parents really loved that moment.”
Paris Hilton’s Club Bunny
There are so many images of Paris Hilton from the year 2000 that we could have used. However, those images do not include a bunny. This retro snap shows the socialite supposedly leaving a nightclub with a real-life rabbit down her shirt.
Personally, we don’t think Paris would party in jeans and a backpack, but who knows? Another noteworthy part of this picture is Paris’ troubling waistline. As was the trend in Y2K, you can see the star’s underwear above her low-rise jeans.
Tom Green’s Coffee Machine
For some reason, actor and comedian Tom Green showed up to the 2000 MTV Movie Awards with a coffee machine. From what we can gather, the Krups coffee maker was his date. The star is photographed with it on the red carpet, hoists it above fans, and even brings it on stage.
At one point during the ceremony, before presenting an award with Amy Smart, Tom Green lead the crowd in chants of “Coffee! Machine! Coffee! Machine!” What can we say? The noughties were weird.
Emily Osment and Haley Joel Osment
Just look at these cuties! Here we have actors Emily and Haley Joel Osment at the 10th annual Bafta La Britannia Awards. Don’t they look glam? At the time, Haley was around 12 years old, while Emily was just eight.
Of course, Haley was already a movie star with numerous credits under his belt. In fact, he’d already been nominated for an Oscar! But, Emily wasn’t just sitting around! She had already started working, appearing on TV and in small movie roles.
Ja Rule and Nelly’s Mac
What did we tell you about celebrities wanting to pose with new technology? Here we have rappers, Ja Rule and Nelly, with a stunning new Mac. Of course, to us, this looks rather clunky and low-tech.
But in Y2K, this was the newest, sleekest, chicest thing you could find. It was the future! These two were certainly having their heyday at this time. Since then, both Ja Rule and Nelly have been involved in some controversies. Did anyone say Fyre Festival?
Rosie O’Donnell’s Camcorder
It makes sense that Rosie O’Donnell was an early adopter of the camcorder. Sure, she’s usually in front of the camera. But we’d certainly like to see Rosie’s home videos. We reckon they’d have some stellar narration as well.
In 2000, Rosie O’Donnell was already an established comic, award-winning talk show host, and regular movie actress. In fact, she was known as the “Queen of Nice” long before Ellen DeGeneres came along with her “Be Kind” slogan.
Lil’ Kim’s Striking Style
Last but never least is iconic rapper Lil’ Kim. It’s no surprise that the star looks pretty different these days. For one thing, she’s definitely had some sort of skin lightening done. As well as that, Lil’ Kim has had various cosmetic surgery procedures over the years.
It might be hard to identify her if it wasn’t for her signature style! In 2000, Lil’ Kim already had a double-platinum album. The following year, she rapped the verse in the legendary “Lady Marmalade.”