Pop superstar Taylor Swift has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2023, the publication announced on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old gushed over the honor, telling the outlet, “This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been. Ultimately, we can convolute it all we want, or try to overcomplicate it, but there’s only one question: Are you not entertained?”
For almost a century, Time has been picking a person who had the most influence on the world, be it positive or negative. The distinction was initially called “Man of the Year,” and prior to 1999, only four women had been selected.
Swift was also named Person of the Year in 2017, making her one of just a handful of individuals who were selected more than once. She beat out other contenders for this year, including Barbie, Trump prosecutors, King Charles III, Hollywood Strikers, Sam Altman, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Jerome Powell.
Besides being named to the Time list, Swift was named the Most Intriguing Person of the Year by People Magazine and topped the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women in media and entertainment.
This was a big year for Swift, who headlined her worldwide Eras Tour. The “Cruel Summer” singer also re-released two albums, “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” and “1989 (Taylor’s Version).” She became Spotify’s most-streamed artist worldwide with 26.1 billion streams since January.
Swift took home a Grammy and 9 MTV Video Music Awards this year. Her net worth crossed the $1 billion threshold thanks to the success of The Eras Tour and the movie version of the concert, which was released in theaters in October. “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” became the highest-grossing concert film of all time in the U.S. and Canada within days of its premiere in theaters and has since raked in more than $250 million.
The singer also began a high-profile romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, which has only served to bring more attention to this massively popular celebrity.