Quarantine and chill? More like quarantine and have a little fun. In the midst of global efforts to stay home and socially distance during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of challenges have gone viral thanks to Megan Thee Stallion, Tim McGraw, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez and more.
Billboard has rounded up everything you need to know about the biggest and best challenges that stars have participated in so far.
Christina Aguilera Launches #QuarantinaAguilera
The songstress invited her fans to have some fun after noticing that some were calling her “Quarantina,” So on April 16, she tweeted: “I want to see your best #Quarantine fashion/beauty looks-inspired by some of my past looks. Bc we all deserve to feel like queens, even if we aren’t stepping out rn!”
In the accompanying video, she asks fans to “show me your best ‘Quarantina’ and create your homemade versions of these looks …” The video then flashed to some of Xtina’s most memorable outfits, including her body-baring 2002 VMAs red carpet look, the yellow and black getup for MTV’s “TRL Presents: Christina Aguilera Stripped in NYC,” her Rosie the Riveter-inspired costume from the “Candyman” video, and more.
Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ Challenge
To entertain herself while staying home, Megan Thee Stallion launched her viral “Savage” dance challenge March 16, and now, celebs from Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber to Normani and Janet Jackson are getting in on the fun.
The rising rapper has taken to sharing videos of famous pals and fans alike doing the choreography to her 2020 hit “Savage,” declaring the Biebers “HotGirl Hailey and Hotboy Justin” for their goofy take on the challenge. She also cheekily wrote, “so you really ain’t invite me over…wow” on the former Fifth Harmony member’s video. Meanwhile, Jackson took things a step further by posting her own version of the song using clips from throughout her illustrious career.
“All In” Challenge
Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin launched his “All In Challenge” on Tuesday (April 14), aiming to to raise money to provide food across the country amid the coronavirus crisis. He challenged his famous friends to take part, asking them to donate experiences and items for auction.
Philly native Meek Mill was quick to accept the challenge, and opted to donating his 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Justin Bieber offered to fly to the winner’s home and serenade them with “One Less Lonely Girl.” Robin Thicke, Timbaland, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel and more have also participated.
Tim McGraw’s ‘Deep Cuts’ Challenge
Tim McGraw kicked off his #DeepCutsChallenge with an acoustic cover of 1987 single “Take the Long Way Home” on March 20, and challenged his country pals to perform their favorite deep cut that didn’t get enough love on country radio. Soon enough, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs and more had delivered everything from Steve Wariner’s “What I Didn’t Do” to Hank Williams Jr.’s “The Blue Man.”
Country Artists’ ‘Demo Challenge’
Similarly, a number of country singers have been sharing original demos to their songs. Kelsea Ballerini uploaded her “Needy” demo, off her recent self-titled album, and the clip showcases the song’s sparkling harmonies. She went on to tag Jimmy Robbins, Ryan Tedder, Julia Michaels, Avenue Beat and Russell Dickerson. Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Chris Lane and Jake Owen are among the others who took part in the challenge.
Justin Bieber Nails the ‘Push-Up Challenge’
It may feel like everyone on your feed is doing the push-up challenge, but the only “See 10, Do 10” you really need to watch is Bieber’s. Donning a pair of white sweatpants and not much else, a bedheaded Biebs showed off his heavily tattooed upper body while knocking out the exercise from the comfort of his home gym.
Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg Do the ‘Kush Up’ Challenge
Inspired by the aforementioned push-up challenge taking over Instagram, Gillie Da Kid invented the #KushUpChallenge, involving doing 10 pulls of weed without letting any smoke out in between. Gillie then challenged Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and G-Herbo to the task and a viral smoke session was born.
Diplo Does the ‘Toilet Paper’ Challenge
Not sure what to do with all the toilet paper you’ve hoarded? Diplo’s got you covered with the #ToiletPaperChallenge. Started by professional soccer stars, the challenge involves kicking a roll of toilet paper around like a soccer ball. It eventually made its way to the DJ’s Instagram page, and he got a little bit of help from some hilarious CGI TP. Diplo nominated Joe Jonas and DJ Snake, though it appears both stars have yet to keep the toilet paper rolling …
Vietnam’s ‘Ghen Cô Vy’ Challenge
Vietnam’s hand-washing challenge, set to a remix of V-pop singers Erik and Men’s hit “Ghen,” went viral earlier in March thanks to its ultra-catchy melody and coronavirus-specific lyrics. Now, the poppy track has inspired a #GhenCoVyChallenge on TikTok, with users doing handsy choreography to spread the message about the importance of combating the pandemic by washing your hands for 20 seconds.
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#ghencovychallenge #handwashingmove #coronahanddance #VuDieuRuaTay 🌏 Because more international friends are coming to this post so I will change this to English for everyone: COVID-2019 disease is spreading, affecting people and social activities. Regular handwashing is considered a simple and effective method to protect the community from diseases (according to the World Health Organization). According to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 78% of people say they wash their hands often but only 25% actually wash their hands after going to the toilet, 20% wash their hands before cooking. To spread the habit of washing your hands to prevent this disease, I invite you to take part in the #ghencovychallenge challenge with me. Game rules: You perform the dance of the song Ghen Co Vy with 6 hand washing movements as recommended by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, based on the music song COVID-19 prevention – Jealousy, cooperation between Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, musician Khac Hung, singer Min and singer Erik. Take this challenge or share the following epidemic prevention habits: 1. Wash your hands often with soap or an antiseptic solution. 2. Do not put hands on eyes, nose and mouth. 3. Regularly clean personal hygiene, hygiene of utensils, houses and surroundings. 4. Wear a mask to go to public places, on vehicles or when you are sick. 5. Self-awareness to improve health for themselves, the family and the community. 6. People with symptoms of COVID-19 have high fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. or close contact with infected person / person suspected of COVID-19 and limit contact with other people and contact local health facilities. After completing the challenge, SHARE + TAG immediately 2 friends want to join this challenge. ✌ 🌐 for news reporters and press who want to use my video, please feel free to do so. 🌐 for people want to dance my choreography, please feel free to do so, it's all yours 🌐 join hands to spread this extremely useful message! 😉 #handwashdance #handwashingdance
J. Lo and A-Rod Disagree During Eyes-Closed ‘Couples Challenge’
Sequestered together during their quarantine, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez decided to test their knowledge with a new #CouplesChallenge. Closing their eyes, the longtime loves answered a series of questions about their relationship, from “Who initiated the first kiss?” to “Who’s the funny one?” And while they disagreed on more than one answer, the famous couple sure looked adorable while deciding who’s grumpier in the morning, who’s the messy one and who’s the biggest baby when sick.
The rockers are inviting other musicians to play a Nickelback riff in one take, no editing allowed. So far, Three Days Grace’s Matt Walst, The Word Alive‘s Tyler Smith and others have given it a try.
Missy Elliott has been shouting-out talented fan vocalists (and some fellow artists, like Qveen Herby) who are participating in a challenge started by Instagram account @theyhavetherange. Participants must choose from fifteen songs from Elliott’s catalog (including songs she wrote or produced) and record a one-minute video of them singing.