By Michelle Graff
In the category of most Googled red carpet dresses from the Oscars, Charlize Theron, who complemented her plunging red gown with a long platinum Harry Winston necklace set with 48.08 carats of diamonds, came in third.
New York--People in the United States were interested in politics, iPhones, potentially winning large sums of money and Pokémon in 2016, not necessarily in that order.

On Thursday, Google released its annual list of the top trending searches of the year in the U.S. and around the world in a number of categories, including fashion, consumer tech and dresses worn on the Oscars red carpet.

Overall, Google said the most-searched-for term in the United States this year was Powerball, followed by Prince, who died in April at the age of 57, Hurricane Matthew, Pokémon Go and, which is a video game. (If you want to know more about, Google it.)

Fashion-wise, Rachel Roy topped the list of people Google classified as “fashion designers,” possibly due to the rampant speculation that she was “Becky with the good hair.”

Following Roy were sisters Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who do have a line of jewelry; Angela Simmons, Zendaya, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

The top consumer technology searches were iPhone SE, iOS10, Google Pixel, iPhone 7 Plus and Nintendo Switch.

On the red carpet, the most Googled Oscars dress was worn by Jennifer Garner, followed by Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Rachel McAdams and Brie Larson.

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Globally, the No. 1 overall search was a game: Pokémon Go, followed by the iPhone7, Donald Trump, Prince and Powerball.

News-wise, people searched for information about the U.S. election over the Olympics, Brexit, the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the Zika virus.

The most-searched-for piece of consumer technology was the iPhone 7, while Donald Trump was the most Googled person in the world, followed by Hillary Clinton, Olympian Michael Phelps, Trump’s wife Melania and Olympian Simone Biles.

Google also has a category called “Losses” in its year-end global search results, with musicians Prince and David Bowie topping the list, followed by singer Christina Grimmie, English actor Alan Rickman and “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali.

While the results Google provided on its website did not break out jewelry, watches or jewelry retailers, research released earlier this year by Karus Chains stated that the most Googled jewelry item in the world is the Cartier Love bracelet.

Karus also did a report of the most-searched-for watch brands in the world, with Casio and Rolex topping the list.

See Google’s complete list of top searches for 2016 here on

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