Let me preface this by saying that under any other circumstances, this claim would be a biased one. I am a lifelong member of the Beyhive after all. This stance, though, is supported by statistical data thanks to the powers that bey—yes, that’s intentional—at Bing.
Despite going public with Kanye West, giving birth to the ever-stylish North West, and starring in the polarizing video for her now-fiancé’s “Bound 2,” Kim Kardashian has been dethroned as the year’s most-searched person. Alas, the rightful winner of any popularity contest (ok, that’s a little biased), Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, reigns as the web’s most-searched star. I used her whole name for emphasis, but moving forward, we’ll call her Beyoncé for short.
Though 2011 was dubbed The Year of 4 with the release of her last solo album, 2013 was marked in equally-monumental moments for the Queen. Not only was she tapped to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Barack Obama‘s second Inauguration, she was also the sole performer for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, which was heavily promoted as part of her new $50 million Pepsi deal. And that’s only the beginning.
2013 saw Beyoncé release a Love Songs EP with her Destiny’s Child mates, win a Grammy for “Love on Top,” release an HBO documentary which she directed and produced, cover Vogue‘s Power issue, and visit Cuba for her fifth anniversary with hubby Jay Z. There’s also her gig as the honorary chair of the 2013 Met Ball and her ongoing Mrs. Carter Show World Tour that had Internet users circling her hive. Tally that, plus the millions of queries from those Bing-ing about her impending fifth album or her pixie moment, and you’ve got the recipe for a world (wide web) run by Bey.
Top Searched People of 2013
2. Kim Kardashian
4. Taylor Swift
6. Justin Bieber
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Amanda Bynes
9. Miley Cyrus
10. Barack Obama