10 Most Googled Celebrities of 2016: Who's #1?

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Year in and year out, the best -- and worst -- celebrities and public figures dominate the headlines. Who made major news this crazy 2016 election-cycle year? 

As you gear up for 2017, check out one of our Top 10 Most Googled lists, and just why the rabidly-followed folks were in the news so hard this year.

10. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
This Golden State Warriors basketball star is a megawatt star all over the place. This year, the Lifetime network produced a film about his mom and titled it The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, after Durant credited her for his success during his acceptance speech for the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player.

9. Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt
Olympian sprinter Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win the 100-meter event three times at the 2016 Olympic Games. This year, a documentary titled I Am Bolt was produced, chronicling his early days in Jamaica and his rise to super-athlete stardom.

8. Cam Newton

Cam Newton
Cam Newton, NFL QB for NFC South's Carolina Panthers was rated #1 player this year, but mostly, people wanted to talk about his off-the-chain eye for fashion.

7. Simone Biles

Simone Biles
Besides being the object of Zac Efron's affection during the Rio Olympics, USA's Simone Biles brought home four medals to her home country. That's Google-worthy to be sure.

6. Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte
Besides being insanely creepy, Ryan Lochte -- US Olympic swimmer -- was most Googled this year because he's a big, fat liar. During the Rio Olympics, Lochte made false claims that he was robbed. He wasn't, and he ended up looking like a bigger douche than normal, and also, no swimming for Lochte till 2017.

5. Steven Avery

Steven Avery
Steven Avery was the subject of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. Avery was convicted of killing Teresa Halbach in 2007 after being exonerated for a rape he served nearly two decades for. The production claimed that there was a possiblity that the local sheriff's department framed Avery over the killing of Halbach, though they deny it.

4. Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders
Aww, poor Bernie Sanders. The guy didn't stand a chance with all of the political machinery surrounding him, you know? A Vermont senator that ran for President this year, Bernie lost out on the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, and it makes us wonder ... if he'd won, would he have beaten Donald Trump? Ahh, the meta questions of 2016. We're still "feeling the Bern."

3. Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps won his 23rd gold medal for swimming this year. Also, he got married and retired from swimming. For now. It's a wonderful life, isn't it?

2. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
The reason she's in the number two spot is probably becuase she didn't clinch the Presidency. Otherwise she'd be in number one. But you have to expect her to be in here somewhere, right? Beyond the election, however, people were most interested in her email servers. HER EMAIL SERVERS. People Googled Hillary Clinton's email servers, and then voted the Orange Menace into the White House. WTG, 2016.

1. Donald Trump

Donald Trump
Hey, you did it. Or, more accurately, somebody did it. Donald Trump is the next United States' President, and 2017's list isn't going to be as easy as this one. See now why we can't have nice things?

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