Pop’s most controversial star was also the year’s most-searched person, according to Google’s 2013 Zeitgeist report. She beat out Drake, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Beyoncé to claim the top spot. Her breakup with Liam Hemsworth was also 2013’s biggest celebrity split, according to Google data, ahead of the late, lamented Taylor Swift/Harry Styles and Kris Jenner/Bruce Jenner pairings.
As you undoubtedly remember, Miley also played a rather prominent role in the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards , so it’s probably not a coincidence that the show landed at #3 on Google’s list of the year’s top-trending events, which ranks search topics with the largest increase in volume since the previous year. Cyrus also came in at #5 on Google’s top-trending people list, trailing late actors Paul Walker and Cory Monteith, and a pair of athletes, Aaron Hernandez and Adrian Peterson.
About the only celeb-related search list Miley didn’t top was “pregnancies” — mostly because she didn’t get pregnant in 2013. Instead, that, uh, honor went to Kim Kardashian, with the likes of Kate Middleton, Megan Fox, Shakira and Jessica Simpson trailing behind.
Miley couldn’t quite overtake Baauer’s ubiquitous “Harlem Shake” as the year’s most-searched song, though she comes in at #2 with “Wrecking Ball,” ahead of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” Lorde’s “Royals” and Adele’s theme from “Skyfall.” Thirty Seconds To Mars’ LOVE, LUST, FAITH + DREAMS tour was the year’s most-searched concert, “Breaking Bad” the year’s most-searched TV show and “Grand Theft Auto V” the most-searched video game.
“Fast and Furious” star Walker, who died in November, was ranked at #1 on Google’s overall top trending list, ahead of the Boston Marathon bombing and the late South African leader Nelson Mandela. “Glee’s” Monteith, who died in July , came in at #4 on the list.