Ferguson Protesters, Taylor Swift Make Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ Shortlist


It’s that time of year again, when Time magazine attempts to boil 12 months of news into the one person who had the biggest impact globally. The official winner will be announced on Wednesday, but for now, we have our eight finalists. And they could not represent a wider array of personalities.

Time readers picked Indian President Narendra Modi as their Person of the Year, but somehow he did not make it onto the editors’ shortlist. As in 2006, when “you” were Person of the Year, this year’s shortlist contains a couple of entries that aren’t strictly people, but rather groups, like the Ferguson protesters and the Ebola caregivers. Here are the eight finalists:

Chinese businessman and founder of the Alibaba group, Jack Ma

The Ebola caregivers

Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Ferguson protesters

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Pop star Taylor Swift

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani

If the current news cycle is any indication, the Ferguson protesters might have this one. The response to the Michael Brown shooting, and subsequently the death of Eric Garner, has dominated the news cycle this year more than anything else on this list.

However, we could have predicted Edward Snowden would take home the honor last year, but instead the magazine ended up going for a safer choice: Pope Francis I.

Watch Time editor Nancy Gibbs announce the shortlist on the Today show below, via NBC:

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