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Taylor Swift named TIME magazine Person of the Year

Taylor Swift named TIME magazine Person of the Year Taylor Swift (Getty Images)

TIME magazine has crowned global pop star Taylor Swift as the Person of the Year for 2023. The prestigious title is awarded annually to the most influential individuals, groups, or concepts throughout the last 12 months.

Swift, a 33-year-old singer-songwriter, experienced a significant year marked by the re-release of her albums, achieving record-setting streams and creating one of the most successful concert films in history. Besides, Swift's Eras tour is poised to make history as the highest-grossing global tour ever.

Taylor Swift named TIME magazine Person of the Year

Who was TIME's finalists for 2023

Among the finalists were Chinese President Xi Jinping, Greta Gerwig-directed film Barbie, and King Charles III who took his position on the throne in May. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was also nominated. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was also among the finalists. Hollywood strikers were included as actors and screenwriters made a fuss this year, protesting against using AI in filmmaking processes. Donald Trump prosecutors were put on the list as well amid a big trial against ex-U.S. President.

TIME's annual title Person of the Year

The Person of the Year title has been awarded by Time magazine since 1927, recognizing individuals, groups, or concepts who have significantly influenced the world during the past year. Previous honorees include world leaders, activists, and cultural icons, including U.S. President Joe Biden, Martin Luther King Jr., German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis, and activist Greta Thunberg.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the “spirit of Ukraine” were TIME’s Person of the Year in 2022, as Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.