Let’s be real. 2016 has been a shitty year. An “unpresidented” crappy one. Yet, despite a suffocating political climate and a sadly historical election outcome, some Top 2016 Google Trends reveal the positive influence of Multicultural America in the world of sports and entertainment. Without further ado, find five searches that caught our eyes and the ones of millions.

BEYONCE

Say what you will about “Bae”, but her worldwide influence is truly impressive. Not only is she the Most Searched Singer in the U.S. her song, Formation which she performed at the halftime show of the 2016 Super Bowl, also ranked #1 in the category of  Most Searched Song.

TOP 10 SINGERS

TOP 10 SONGS

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SOURCE: GIPHY

JESSE WILLIAMS

Actor-activist Jesse Williams ranks #4 in the category Most Searched Actor in the United States. The commercial success of Grey’s Anatomy, combined with the actor’s iconic speech at the BET Awards when he vigorously denounced the realities of Police brutality towards Black people made him a trending topic on Google.

Top 2016 Google Trends Reveal The Influence Of Multicultural America

SOURCE: GIPHY

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

Lin-Manuel Miranda ranks #10 in the category Most Searched Actor in the United States. The overwhelming success of the musical Hamilton combined with the actor’s constant activism in 2016 have put the Puerto Rican icon at the forefront of the media landscape.

TOP 10 ACTORS

Top 2016 Google Trends Reveal The Influence Of Multicultural America

SOURCE: GIPHY

COLIN KAEPERNICK

Not only Colin Kaepernick ranks #2 in the category of Most Searched NFL Player, he also ranks #7 of the Most Searched Athlete in the United States. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy by repeatedly kneeling during pre-games’ National Anthem in protest of disproportionate Police shootings against African-Americans.

Top 10 Athletes

Top 10 NFL Players

Top 2016 Google Trends Reveal The Influence Of Multicultural America

SOURCE: GIPHY

PRINCE

The tragic death of Prince in 2016 has literally broke the Internet. It would be an under-statement to say that Purple Rains’ of tears have run from all over world on April 21, 2016.

#4 in Most Searched Topic (Worldwide)

#1 in Most Searched Loss (Worldwide)

#2 in Most Searched Topic (United States)

#1 in Most Searched Loss (United States)

The iconic song Purple Rain ranked  the #2 Most searched Song in the United States 

Top 2016 Google Trends Reveal The Influence Of Multicultural America

SOURCE: GIPHY 
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(This article is part of a series of analysis of Top 2016 Google Searches in the United States)