Taylor Swift named TIME's Person of the Year 2023
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Taylor Swift has been named TIME's Person of the Year 2023.
TIME acknowledged Swift's accomplishments as an artist and a businesswoman in granting her the title, noting that she has built an empire worth an estimated $1 billion as well as managing life as a celebrity.
Speaking with the magazine about her accomplishments and her most recent tour, which is now crossing oceans after wrapping up in the US, the singer said: “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?”
Swift, now 33, acknowledged that 'nothing is permanent', so makes sure to be 'grateful' for 'every second' she enjoys the success she currently has.
"I’ve had it taken away from me before," she said.
"There is one thing I’ve learned: My response to anything that happens, good or bad, is to keep making things. Keep making art.
"But I’ve also learned there’s no point in actively trying to quote unquote defeat your enemies. Trash takes itself out every single time," Swift continued.
The singer won TIME's Person of the Year award after being shortlisted among an unusual selection of names, including Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, King Charles III, Trump prosecutors, Sam Altman, Jerome Powell, Barbie, and Hollywood strikers.
TIME has made clear that the winner of the title is not required to have effected beneficial change, but rather left a form of influence on the world.
The winner is chosen from 'a selection of the individual, group, or concept that has had the most influence on the world throughout the previous 12 months'.
The shortlist sparked confusion among internet users, but Swifties have made clear they're delighted to see the singer take the top spot after her title was announced today.
"So damn proud of this woman!," one fan wrote on X after TIME shared its new cover, while another fan added: "It’s her world, we just live in it."
Even Piers Morgan was among those to congratulate the singer, writing: "Right decision. She’s the biggest pop star in history and aside from being an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, she’s shown herself to be an astoundingly good businesswoman. Congrats @taylorswift13."