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Beyoncé in action, a blurry grin from the world’s fastest athlete and two unforgettable faces of Donald Trump--these were the most downloaded images of the year.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show
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Beyoncé turned the Super Bowl halftime show into a platform for powerful messages about racism and police brutality. Her performance of “Formation,” which was released only days prior, included visual nods to the Black Panthers--an unprecedented act of political statement-making for a reigning pop icon.
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With a 60-foot screen looming over the stage, several intricate costume changes and a 40-song set list, Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour was a stadium spectacle that showed a superstar at the top of her game. The tour, in support of her album “Lemonade,” was one of the biggest of the year, grossing $256 million from 49 sold-out shows.
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Chelsea’s on-and-off-again coach José Mourinho found himself unemployed after his club suffered an extraordinary collapse, going from reigning champions to as low as 14th place the following year and finishing in 10th. Mourinho was relieved of duty in the middle of season but landed his current managerial position with Manchester United during the off season.
Ryan Lochte in Rio
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This photo of American swimmer Ryan Lochte was taken on August 12, two days before he told NBC News that he and three teammates had been robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio. His story quickly fell apart--the athletes had, in fact, been caught drunkenly vandalizing a gas station. “Lochtegate” cost the gold medalist several endorsement deals and resulted in a 10-month swimming suspension.
Rio From Above
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All eyes were on Rio de Janeiro in the lead-up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and this aerial view, with Christ the Redeemer in the foreground, served as a symbol of the sprawling city.
Trump vs. Fiorina
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During the fourth GOP primary debate, Donald Trump reacted to Carly Fiorina’s remark that she would not work with Russian president Vladimir Putin, having had “a private meeting” with him previously. Trump, expressing a more positive view of the Russian leader, claimed he’d gotten to know Putin “very well” after being “stablemates” with him during a “60 Minutes” taping. As it turned out, neither candidate’s claim was true: Fiorina had met Putin at a conference, not in private; and Putin had appeared on “60 Minutes” via satellite from Moscow, while Trump was in New York.
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Prince, who pushed creative boundaries to become one of the best-selling artists of all time, died from a fentanyl overdose in April, leaving millions of fans in mourning. This photo, taken during his performance at the 2005 NAACP Awards, was the fourth-most downloaded image of the year.
Kardashian-Jenners x Yeezy
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The Kardashian-Jenner clan (plus Lamar Odom) turned out for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show in February. The event became a footnote to a difficult year, after Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in October, and Kanye, suffering from exhaustion and other health problems, canceled his Life of Pablo tour and checked into a Los Angeles hospital.
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Usain Bolt cemented his legacy as the fastest human ever by winning his third 100-meter gold medal at the Rio Olympics. He also won gold in the 200-meter race and 4 x 100 meter-relay, completing the “triple triple”--three sprinting gold medals in three consecutive Olympics.
The Trump Shrug
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Donald Trump dominated every news cycle as the world watched his rise from real estate developer and reality TV star to GOP nominee and then, suddenly, to president-elect. This photo, taken at a September 2015 rally in Dallas, became 2016’s most downloaded image.