Each year, TIME magazine recognizes a person (or entity) who has made an impact or contribution to society.
This year, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were named TIME Person of the Year. They made history by winning the election last month, with Harris becoming the first woman, and the first Black and South Asian person to be elected Vice President.
As a ticket, they also broke records securing 80 million votes, the most ever in an election.
“For changing American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year,” Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote.
The magazine revealed who had made the shortlist for Person of the Year on Thursday (December 10). The list included Donald Trump, Frontline Healthcare Workers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the Movement for Racial Justice.
This year, the Person of the Year was unveiled on a tv special on NBC. Issa Rae and Matthew McConaughey hosted the hour-long broadcast, which included special appearances by Vanessa Bryant and H.E.R.
Bruce Springsteen presented the Person of the Year during the special.
For Businessperson of the Year, the publication selected Zoom CEO Eric Yuan. The video conferencing app became essential in a year where distance was required.
Racial justice organizers along with activists Assa Traoré and Porche Bennett-Bey, Dr. Anthony Fauci and healthcare workers were named as Guardians of the Year. Lebron James was named Athlete of the Year.
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