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Taylor Swift Crowned TIME Magazine's Person of the Year, A First for Musicians

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Geeta Pillai
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Taylor Swift Crowned TIME Magazine's Person of the Year, A First for Musicians

TIME Magazine has crowned Taylor Swift as its Person of the Year for 2023, marking a significant milestone in the history of the esteemed award. Renowned for recognizing individuals or events with substantial global influence, this honor positions Swift in the company of influential figures such as Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Greta Thunberg. Swift's recognition breaks new ground as an artist from the entertainment industry, underlining her impressive two-decade career and her rise as the world's most-streamed musical artist in 2023.

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A Groundbreaking Achievement

Swift's achievement is underscored by the astounding success of her Eras Tour, a commercial triumph that is projected to become the highest-grossing tour ever. The tour has not only set new box office records but has also triggered a significant inquiry into Ticketmaster's sales practices. The impact of the Eras Tour extends beyond music, stimulating local economies and resulting in a box office-breaking movie, 'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour'.

Notable Competition

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Swift triumphed over notable figures such as Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin to receive the honor, becoming the first musician to do so since the award's inception in 1927. The triumph marks her as the first woman to appear twice on a Person of the Year cover, following her recognition as one of the Silence Breakers who inspired women to speak out about sexual misconduct in 2017.

Swift's Reaction

Swift expressed her pride and joy in response to the award, noting how it validates her contributions to the arts and her impact on global conversations. The recognition of her achievements, particularly in a year marked by challenges, underscores her ability to provide hope in dark times, resonate with audiences worldwide, and maintain relevance in an ever-evolving industry.

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