American singer Taylor Swift was named Person of the Year by Time magazine on Wednesday.
“Choosing one person to represent eight billion people on the planet is no easy task. We have chosen a personality that represents joy. Someone who brings light to the world,” magazine editor-in-chief Sam Jacobs said Wednesday on NBC’s Today show.
“Swift’s accomplishments as an artist are so numerous that enumerating them seems almost unnecessary,” the magazine wrote, noting that Swift’s achievements this year, along with her “ability to connect with diverse audiences,” made her a fitting choice for Person of the Year.
This year Swift was begged by politicians from Thailand, Hungary and Chile to play in their countries, Time magazine wrote. “Stadiums and streets were renamed in her honor. Each time she arrived in a new location, there was a small economic boom—local hotels and restaurants saw a significant increase in visitors,” writes Time.
The pop singer “defeated” eight other finalists in the shortlist, including King Charles III, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Barbie. Every year, Time magazine has announced a personality of the year since 1927. It considers a personality to be someone who most influenced world events in a given year, whether for good or bad.
In the past, the personalities of the year included US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Martin Luther King Jr., German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis or activist Greta Thunberg.