2017 was all about politics, scandal and a royal proposal — at least, according to Google.
The tech company released their end-of-year search data on Wednesday, revealing some unsurprising trends in their most-searched celebs. They also tracked the year in pop culture with the biggest movies, TV, music and more.
Despite a fairly-recent scandal, newly-fired Today show host Matt Lauer found himself atop the list of most-searched people. The news anchor was ousted from his long-tenured position at NBC following allegations of sexual misconduct and “inappropriate workplace behaviour.”
Scandal also landed celebs like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Kathy Griffin in the top 10. Perhaps the only two non-controversial entries were “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and actress Meghan Markle.
Markle, who also landed at the No. 1 spot on the most-searched actors list, is, of course, in the news for her recent engagement to Prince Harry. The royal pair confirmed their plans to wed in late November, with reported plans for a spring wedding.
In the pop culture world, movies like “It,” “Wonder Woman,” “Get Out” and “The Big Sick” topped the most-searched charts, while shows like “Rick & Morty,” “Game of Thrones” and “Bachelor in Paradise” dominated the TV Google ‘verse.
As far as music, while the top-searched albums and songs may come as no surprise — chart-toppers included Taylor Swift’s Reputation and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, as well as hits like “Despacito” and “Bad and Boujee” — the list of most-searched artists is decidedly more varied, including everyone from breakout stars like Cardi B and Lil Pump to embattled artists like Aaron Carter and Remy Ma. Linkin Park also topped the list after the tragic suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington back in July.
Other things the internet was curious about in 2017? Pippa Middleton’s royal-adjacent wedding, which topped the list of celeb nuptials, Emma Stone’s Oscar dress, and Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell’s Bachelor Nation breakup, all most-searched terms in their own categories. And while they may be America’s most-watched family, the Kardashians only cracked the major top 10 lists once, with Kylie Jenner and Tyga’s split landing at No. 6 on the ranking of most-searched celebrity breakups.
Check out the full list of most-searched terms over at Google, and see more of the best of 2017 in the video below!
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