Time’s Person of the Year is Elon Musk
Time has also grown the tradition into a larger franchise by introducing additional categories in 2019. This year, pop star Olivia Rodrigo was named Artist of the Year and Athlete of the Year four. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was chosen Athlete of the Year. The title of Hero of the Year, formerly known as “The Defender”, went to the scientists behind the covid-19 mRNA vaccine, namely Katalin Kariko, Barney Graham, Kizzmekia Corbett and Drew Weissman.
Unlike previous years, Time has chosen not to issue a shortlist of nominees for Person of the Year.
Time announced Person of the Year on its own YouTube channel, produced by its own video division, Times Studios. That revelation was in stark contrast to years before Time would make the big reveal on broadcast television, in partnership with NBC. In 2020, Time announced special primetime picks on NBC. Years ago, the selections were revealed in the morning on “Today”.
Time is holding an event Monday night in New York to celebrate Time’s Person of the Year and its TIME100 community, a sign of a return to normal for publishers that have been forced to cancel. in-person events in the midst of the pandemic and virtual events instead.