Here's The List Of The Most Googled Celebrities Of 2016

Every year, certain celebrities dominate the pop-culture sphere. These are the athletes, politicians, and movie stars who retain the media's interest every year, but the one major thing that they have in common is that they made major news. Some for wonderful reasons, others for...well, not-so-wonderful reasons.

Whether these famous faces spent 2016 winning gold medals or elections, you can bet that the world was reading about them almost daily. One way to find out who held the public's attention in 2016? Just see which names were typed into the Google search bar. No matter the reason you were searching for these celebrities, you can bet that there was a story about them.

Fortunately, our friends at Google are here to provide the receipts by sharing the list of the most Googled stars of 2016. You likely remember why we obsessed over these stars, but if not, here's a refresher before 2017 brings its own bouts of celebrity drama.
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10. Kevin Durant

The Golden State Warriors basketball star is a philanthropist as well as a star athlete. Recently, Lifetime made a film about his mother, titled The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, after Durant mentioned during his acceptance speech for the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player award the inspiration that Wanda, a single mom, provided him when he was growing up.
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9. Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is faster than you. So, so much faster than you. The awe-inspiring Jamaican Olympic sprinter became the first athlete to win the 100-meter event three times at the 2016 Olympic Games. His career inspired the 2016 documentary I Am Bolt, which profiles his life and legacy in the sport.
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8. Cam Newton

The quarterback for the Carolina Panthers was rated #1 in the NFL, and is a captivating presence even for non-sports fans. For example, he's fashionable — just check out these insane zebra-print pants.
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7. Simone Biles

An Olympian we can get behind. Team U.S.A.'s artistic gymnast wowed the crowd with her floor routine and took home a whopping four gold medals at the Rio Olympics.
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6. Ryan Lochte

The Team U.S.A. swimmer should have had a successful year at the Olympics in Rio. Instead, Lochte found himself in hot water when he made false claims about being the victim of a robbery in the Olympic city. Due to the nature of his lies, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S.A. Swimming have banned Lochte from swimming until June 2017, and Lochte was officially charged with filing a false robbery report by Brazilian police.
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5. Steven Avery

The subject of the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer is a controversial figure. He was convicted of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in 2007, only four years after DNA evidence exonerated him of a rape he had served 18 years for. Making a Murderer alleges that the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department may have framed Avery for Halbach's killing, a claim that the department vehemently denies. With new episodes of Making a Murderer on their way, there's no question people are still fascinated with Avery's case.
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4. Bernie Sanders

Sanders, the senator from Vermont who ran to be the Democrats' presidential nominee, may not have had a chance to run in the general election, but he inspired plenty of people to get involved in politics. "Feel the Bern" became a slogan many felt they could get behind, especially when it came to Sanders' policies on education and health care.
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3. Michael Phelps

Phelps returned to the pool in the 2016 Olympics to face off against his swimming rival, Ryan Lochte. He ended his Olympic career with his 23rd gold medal, because he's pretty much as close to Aquaman as we have in this world.
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2. Hillary Clinton

Clinton may not have won the election (though she did win the popular vote by 2.8 million votes — I am just saying), but she had plenty of supporters devastated by the loss. Though many questioned her integrity after the long-debated email scandal, ultimately Clinton ended her year on a high note. In her passionate concession speech, she stated: "[To] all of the little girls who are watching this: Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."
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1. Donald Trump

Welp, it happened: America finally elected a reality star to the highest level of office possible. From Celebrity Apprentice host to POTUS, Trump's plan to "make America great again" fueled hope for some and instilled great fear in others. No matter how you feel about the Donald, it only makes sense that the controversial figure would wind up at the top of the most-Googled list.
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