Time magazine has revealed Taylor Swift as its person of the year for 2023. Sam Jacobs, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, made the announcement on NBC’s Today show, stating that selecting one person to represent eight billion on the planet is challenging but they chose someone who represents joy and brings light to the world. Jacobs likened Taylor to the weather because “she is everywhere.”
The 33-year-old pop artist secured the spot, surpassing finalists such as King Charles III, Hollywood strikers, Trump prosecutors, and Barbie. Other personalities considered included OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, King Charles III, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Time acknowledged Taylor Swift’s significant contributions to the industry, stating, “Her accomplishments as an artist—culturally, critically, and commercially—are so legion that to recount them seems almost beside the point.”
This recognition follows a year of record-breaking ticket sales for Taylor, attributed to her globally acclaimed Eras Tour, now standing as the highest-grossing global tour of all time.