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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