Biden and Kamala named Time's 2020 Person of the Year

Biden and Kamala named Time's 2020 Person of the Year

- The pair was selected for the honour over finalists including President Donald Trump, the social justice movement, and frontline health staff

- Time editor-in-chief, said that Biden and Harris were honoured for changing the American story

- TIME awarded several other influential figures, including K-pop group BTS and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James

TIME magazine has taken time to reflect on the many ups and downs over the past year that the American people have undergone.

Biden, Kamala beat out frontline health care workers to be named Time's 2020 Person of the Year
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-president elect Kamala Harris. Photo: Getty Images.
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From the coronavirus pandemic to the presidential election in November, it feels like a decade has actually spanned the past 12 months.

Nevertheless, these were the 2020 headlines alone and TIME's has remembered the person who as they put it, "affected the news or the lives of the American people the most, for better or worse."

This individual, it turns out is actually two individuals: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, E Online reported.

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The pair was selected over finalists that included President Donald Trump, the movement for racial justice and frontline health workers with the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci.

Though the civil justice movement is not an individual per se, TIME magazine cautioned that the honour can be granted to multiple people.

Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said that Biden and Harris won the honour "for changing the American story" and for showing that the forces of empathy were greater than the furies of division."

"Person of the Year is not just about the year that was but about where we are headed. The next four years are going to be an enormous test of them, and all of us, to see whether they can bring about the unity that they promised," he said.

In addition to Person of the Year, TIME awarded several other influential figures, including K-pop group BTS and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

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The boy band was named Entertainer of the Year, much to the delight of RM, 26; Jin, 28; Suga, 27; J-Hope, 26; Jimin, 25; V, 24; and Jung Kook's, 23, millions of fans.

They spoke to TIME about the honour, with Suga telling the magazine that there were times when he was still taken aback by all the unimaginable things that were happening.

"But I ask myself, 'Who's going to do this, if not us?'" he posed.

LeBron was declared Athlete of the Year with the magazine remembering his contributions on and off the field, highlighting his More Than a Vote and the I Pledge School non-profit.

In 2019, Time awarded the honour to the teenage climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg.

In the November general election, reported Biden and Harris defeated President Donald Trump, making him the 11th president in US history to lose a reelection bid.

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Harris became the first female, first black, and first Indian-American vice president to win the presidency.

Biden, a former Delaware US Senator and former vice president under President Barack Obama, and Harris, a California US Senator, will be featured on the December 21 cover of the magazine.


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