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The North American magazine Time, one of the best-known weekly news magazines in the world, announced today, Wednesday, December 6th, that singer and songwriter Taylor Alison Swift, better known by her stage name Taylor Swift, was elected Person of the Year 2023.
What is the Person of the Year title?
A Person of the Year, known as Person of the Year in the original English, it is an annual edition of the magazine Time which highlights the profile of a person, group, idea, place or machine that in a certain way, for better or worse, most influenced the events that occurred during the year. This tradition began back in 1927, when the magazine's then editors were thinking about what to write about in a week when there was little news. This lack of guidelines gave rise to the idea of electing Charles Lindbergh as “Man of the Year” after his historic transatlantic flight. Since then, a person has been chosen to appear on the cover of the magazine at the end of the year.
Initially, the title was called “Man of the Year”, but was changed in 1999 to avoid sexism, as some women, such as Corazon Aquino in 1986 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, they even won the prize. Following the list of people who appeared on the cover of the magazine in the special year-end edition, we have, since 1927, each of the presidents of the United States who was chosen at least once as Person of the Year, with the exception of Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford. Another highlight is the edition of December 31, 1999, when the magazine named Albert Einstein as "Person of the Century".
In modernity, we have some names, such as the then president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in 2022; the CEO of Tesla, Inc. and founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, in 2021; the current president and vice president of the United States, Joe Biden e Kamala Harris; and the environmental activist Greta ThunbergIn 2019.
Taylor Swift is Person of the Year 2023
Taylor Alison Swift, or simply Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter, born on December 13, 1989 in West Reading, Pennsylvania, was chosen as Person of the Year for 2023. Among the arguments for the choice are the records reached by her on streaming platforms and the resounding success of her current tour, The Eras Tour, which featured six shows in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The success was so great that the show could become the biggest global box office of all time.
“I knew this tour was much harder than anything I had ever done before.”Taylor Swift in an interview with Time
The singer also said in an interview that she started training six months before the tour, which started in March. Each show was around 180 minutes long, including over 40 songs from at least nine different albums. Additionally, the singer made around 16 costume changes.
But the pop diva's success didn't start just now. In her first album released in 2006, she achieved the feat of having the longest-running album of the 2000s on the Billboard music chart. Currently, it accumulates more than 50 million albums and 150 million singles sold all around the world. This trajectory places her among the most successful artists in the history of the global music industry in just a few years.
His awards include 10 Grammys, an Emmy Award e seven records in Guinness World Records. She is also the most awarded artist and woman at the American Music Awards with 29 wins, and at the Billboard Music Awards, with 23 wins. Furthermore, it has been present in several rankings over the years, such as Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the years 2010, 2015 and 2019, as well as in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, in the year 2015.
Check out the official announcement made by Time magazine through its social networks:
Who were the finalists for Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2023?
In addition to the pop diva, elected Person of the Year, there were, in total, other nine finalist candidates who competed for the nomination, each playing distinct and impactful roles in their respective fields. Among them, we have the Hollywood strikers; Xi Jinping, president of China; Sam altman, former CEO of OpenAI; prosecutors accusing Trump of crimes; Barbie; Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; King Charles III, head of state of the United Kingdom and successor to Queen Elizabeth II; It is Jerome Powell, president of the central bank (Federal Reserve) of the United States.
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