Let this serve as undeniable proof that, regardless of search engine, Justin Bieber truly dominates the Interwebs.
Having already been named Bing’s most-searched person of 2011 , on Thursday (December 15) Bieber picked up another e-honor, as Google unveiled its annual Zeitgeist site and, in the process, declared him its Most Popular Person of the year, besting Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga to take home the title. Nicki Minaj and, uh, Casey Anthony rounded out the top 5.
It’s a fitting way to cap off a year that saw Bieber beat Gaga in the race to 2 billion YouTube views, though perhaps the Mother Monster can take solace in the fact that “Born This Way” topped Google’s Fastest-Rising Song search list, ahead of “Watch the Throne” (which, you know, isn’t actually a song) and Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee.”
Of course, not even Bieber could best Rebecca Black on Google’s Fastest Rising Searches, as the “Friday” sensation topped the list — which tallied worldwide searches — ahead of Google Plus, Ryan Dunn, Casey Anthony and “Battlefield 3.” Breakout star Adele also made huge headways this year, landing at #7 on the list and beating out Steve Jobs and the iPad 2.
Not surprisingly, Black also came in atop the Fastest-Rising People list, besting “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery and teenage bride/ pumpkin-patch enthusiast Courtney Stodden.
But when it came to the year’s most-searched images, well, neither Bieber nor Black made the cut. Instead, folks were seeking pics of Charlie Sheen above all else, followed by “Planking,” “Kim Kardashian wedding” and a trio of hair-raising (or perhaps razing) queries: “Tom Brady Haircut,” “Selena Gomez Haircut” and “Emma Watson Haircut.”