Google have released their annual Year in Search report for 2019, and among some of the most searched terms and celebrities, make-up and beauty YouTuber James Charles makes a strong appearance.
James Charles has had a whirlwind 2019, experiencing some of the highest highs and lowest lows the content creation world has to offer.
While being one of the biggest names in make-up and beauty, Charles also suffered from a horrendous blow to his character in 2019 when he was accused of being predatory amid beef with Tati Westbrook and having much of the community attempt to ‘cancel’ him – something he spoke out about recently.
Clocking in in third place for most searched people on a global scale, Charles is beaten only by former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has had a wildly turbulent year in his own right, and soccer’s most expensive player, Neymar.
On the other hand, he beats out major Hollywood celebrities such as actor/comedian Kevin Hart, singer Billie Eilish and Oscar hopeful Joaquin Phoenix, who played the lead role in Joker.
As evidenced by the graph below, much of these searches will have come during the Tati Westbrook drama, similar to Hart’s Oscar homophobia controversy in August.
This is genuinely impressive considering the year many YouTubers have had – arguably bigger or more successful than Charles’ – but also because of the caliber of names that don’t feature in this list.
The full top 10 is as follows:
- Antonio Brown
- James Charles
- Jussie Smollett
- Kevin Hart
- Billie Eilish
- Greta Thunberg
- R Kelly
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Jordyn Woods
To see a YouTuber amongst these names would have seemed unbelievable just a few short years ago, but this is further proof that not only Charles but YouTube as a platform is catching up to even the most elite Hollywood and global names.
With the way things are going, we may see even more YouTubers or streamers crack the top 10 in Google’s Year in Search next year.