2015 is soon coming to a close, which means that it is that magical time when “Year in Review” pieces see the light of day. This year was noteworthy for a plethora of celebrities who were featured in headlines so much so that they were among the Top 10 Google Trends for people. It is, upon reviewing the list of those ten people, reasonable that one would believe that each of the individuals who made the Top 10 Google Trends for 2015 could once again make the cut by the time December 2016 rolls around. One of those people could even emerge as the top overall Google trend for 2016 depending on what happens in November’s presidential election.
Entertainers. Professional athletes. Well-known and recognized people who have, in the past, gone through personal struggles and turmoil. You’ll find examples of each of these among what Google would say were the most talked about people of 2015. Odds are that not many of you reading this piece would have guessed all the way back in January who would have topped the list of the most talked about people of the year. That person nearly lost his life in 2015, and he may never again be the same following a scary episode. He serves as a reminder that the choices we make ultimately dictate the lives that we lead.
10. Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson landed in the news in March 2015 when the Top Gear host ended up in some hot water following a “fracas” involving Clarkson and a show producer. The BBC responded by announcing later that month that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed. Fans of the show took to social media websites to voice their displeasure with this decision and also to “troll” the producer. Just as when it seemed as if the matter was in the past and but a memory, it was learned in November 2015 that Clarkson was being sued by the producer for “racial discrimination and public injury.”
9. Dakota Johnson
50 Shades of Grey was the dominant topic discussed on talk shows and social media websites in early 2015, and it generated quite a bit of Web traffic even before the movie was officially released. Dakota Johnson was one of the stars of the movie, and her role in the film helped make her one of the most talked about people of 2015. Johnson was in the tabloids for a much different reason in December when it was alleged that she was having a relationship with the boyfriend of supermodel Heidi Klum. The pictures associated with that story seem rather innocent, however, but the story was a reminder that Johnson is going to make news even when she is having a conversation with another known person.
The days of Sia being known just for penning songs for other artists are now well into the past. A talented performer who has often made appearances with her face covered, Sia closed out 2015 in part by celebrating her 40th birthday. Some of the artists who have had songs co-written for them by Sia include Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Britney Spears. Those of you who are waiting to hear more from the women herself will be able to do so in January 2016 when This is Acting, her newest album, is released. Expect to see Sia among Top Google Trends early next year.
7. Donald Trump
You may actually be a fan of the businessman who is running for president. You may be appalled by some of the things that he has said during his campaign. You may watch him because, like with a bad car accident, you simply cannot look away. Whatever your opinions on Donald Trump, you would be plain wrong to say that he has not generated attention, page views and Google hits throughout 2015. Trump seemingly is not going anywhere heading into 2016, and it seems a safe bet that he will once again be among the Top Google Trends near the end of next year. Imagine what things could be like if he is President-Elect Trump by then.
6. Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose became an even bigger Internet sensation once it was learned that she would be joining the cast of Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. It was not, however, all good times for the Australian model, DJ and actress in 2015, as it was learned that Rose and her fiancee had broken up. Rose took a classy approach to the relationship ending, using Facebook as a way to address the matter. In her post, Rose explained that her ex-fiancee Phoebe Dahl was somebody who “remains very dear to my heart.” Maybe, just maybe, there is still some hope left for those two.
5. Charlie Sheen
Whenever you see the name Charlie Sheen in the news, it is probably for something wacky or troublesome. That was the case in November 2015 when Sheen used NBC property Today to announce to the world that he was HIV positive. Sheen stated that he had, before that day, paid up to $10 million to keep the fact that he had the illness a secret. While he admitted that he had known that he was HIV positive four years before he went public, Sheen did claim that it was not possible that he could have knowingly transmitted the virus. Sheen’s ex-fiancee sued him in early December.
Adele is no longer just a superstar entertainer who continues to wow fans with every new release. She is now a historic figure in the music business. Her album 25, which was released in November 2015, became the fastest in UK music history to reach 2 million buys. What makes Adele unlike the majority of mainstream artists, as is explained in a Belfast Telegraph article, is that she in no way conducts herself as one of the most famous women in the world. Adele’s career is a tidal wave that is showing no signs of slowing down, and one wagering on the matter would be wise to bet on Adele being in the Top 10 Google Trends next year.
3. Caitlyn Jenner
The retired Olympic champion and reality television personality formerly known as Bruce Jenner was re-introduced to the world as Caitlyn Jenner in 2015. Jenner used a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer to come out as a transgender woman, and in doing so Jenner became arguably the most famous transgender person in the world. Her celebrity skyrocketed to an all-time high, not surprisingly, and Jenner has received multiple honors and awards. Jenner was named the “Most Fascinating Person of 2015” by Barbara Walters in December, and she will likely continue to be in the news in 2016.
2. Ronda Rousey
Just as when it seemed as if it was a formality that Ronda Rousey was going to retire from the Ultimate Fighting Championship as an undefeated fighter, Rousey was surprisingly knocked out by Holly Holm in November. That one loss does not, of course, eliminate any part of the celebrity status that Rousey has acquired during her career. The result of that fight, if anything, will mean only more money for Rousey and for the UFC once she returns to the sport for a rematch with Holm. Rousey will definitely be one of the most talked about people in the world for 2016.
1. Lamar Odom
You should probably consider playing the lottery or investing large amounts of money in stocks if you guessed in January that Lamar Odom would be, according to Google, the most talked about person of the year for 2015. Odom was largely an afterthought for many of us until the former National Basketball Association star was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel in October. Odom, married to Khloe Kardashian, has remained in the hospital up through December, but it has been reported that he is “steadily improving.” Hopefully, Odom and his loved ones will have a better 2016 and he will be out of the hospital sooner than later.