Beyonce, 32, topped the list in a year where she
made a carefully choreographed return to the musical spotlight
after taking time out to give birth to her first child, daughter
Blue Ivy, with rapper husband Jay Z.
The singer performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration in
January, at the Super Bowl in February and kicked off a
worldwide tour, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, in April. The
notoriously private singer also revealed glimpses of her life
with Jay Z and their baby in a February HBO documentary.
Kardashian, 33, dropped to second place after a big year where
she gave birth to daughter North West, and got engaged to rapper
Kanye West, the father of her child. The "Keeping Up with the
Kardashians" personality topped the list in 2012 and 2010.
Women continued to dominate the most-searched list for a second
year running, as singers Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna
rounded out the top five. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who
ranked second place in 2012, dropped to sixth place this year.
Rapper Nicki Minaj and pop singer Miley Cyrus, who both made the
list in 2012, also were in the top ten this year, joined by
troubled actress Amanda Bynes, who came in at No. 8.
Pop culture continued to lead web searches, but Obama cracked
the list at No. 10 as the only politician in the top ten, faring
better than last year, when he was ranked 46th on the list.
Search engine Bing annually releases list of its most-searched
terms and phrases, breaking it down across topics such as
entertainment, sports, technology and news.
The birth of Prince William's and Kate Middleton's first child
in July topped the most searched news stories of 2013, followed
by the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
Facebook led the most-searched social media sites, while online
video streaming site Netflix topped the most-searched streaming
Former Denver Broncos football quarterback Tim Tebow was the
most-searched sports person, while the Dallas Cowboys topped the
most-searched sports team.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Vicki Allen)