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Taylor Swift is first woman named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ twice

by Joanna Deala

AMERICAN singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has achieved yet another huge milestone: she was once again named Time Magazine’s person of the year.

The 33-year-old singer made history as the first woman to be named Person of the Year for the second time since the franchise began in 1927, according to Time.

She first graced the magazine’s Person of the Year cover in 2017 as one of “The Silence Breakers” who bravely spoke out against sexual harassment. The so-called silence breakers are the people behind the anti-harassment campaign, the #MeToo movement.

With her latest distinction, Time reported that Swift is also the first person named “Person of the Year” because of her accomplishments as an artist.

She bested eight other finalists including King Charles III, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Barbie, Russian President Vladimir Putin, OpenAI chief executive officer Sam Altman, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, Barbie, Hollywood strikers, and Trump prosecutors.

In an Instagram post, the singer-songwriter expressed her “biggest, loudest, most aggressively over-excited” gratitude to Time.

She posted a series of photos from her photoshoot for the magazine’s cover.

In another post, she said, “I’m really reflecting on this year, and all the years that led up to it. Can’t say thank you enough times.”

She also shared a photo of her with her cat and left an adorable caption about her furbaby.

As Time’s “Person of the Year,” Swift has joined notable individuals such as world leaders. She followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who was named 2022 “Person of the Year” for his leadership during his country’s fight against Russian invasion.

Aside from Swift, Time also named Argentine footballer Lionel Messi as “Athlete of the Year” and Altman as “CEO of the Year.”

A year of success

Swift’s list of achievements this year just keeps growing and it feels like there wasn’t a month where people didn’t hear news about her, specifically her successful “The Eras Tour” and successive recognitions she received within 2023.

Her “Person of the Year” distinction came just a week after she was recognized by Spotify as top global artists for 2023, when it released its highly anticipated “2023 Wrapped.” She also released a new song.

She also took home the most number of awards from the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), winning the Best Video for “Anti-Hero,” the Best Artist, and Best Live awards.

This, after she dominated the Billboard Hot 100 in October with her song “Cruel Summer.”

In July, she broke records by having the most number one albums for any female artist, surpassing American actress-singer Barbra Streisand.

These are just among her accolades that made it to the global headlines. She also made the Internet buzz with the release of her re-recorded albums, including “Midnights (The Til Dawn Edition),” “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” and her latest “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”

Swifties should expect more news about the singer-songwriter as she is set to bring her “The Eras Tour” to more locations, including in Asian countries, next year.



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