US President-elect Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris were named Person of the Year by Time magazine on Friday.
Former Vice President Biden and his running mate Harris managed to beat outgoing President Donald Trump on Nov. 7 in 2020 US presidential election.
While Harris became the US’ first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president-elect, it was also the first time the magazine has included a vice president on its list for nearly a century.
The year was mired with issues such as COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, and global economic recession, while the US also struggled with a divided society amid systemic racism, police brutality, and vote count controversies during the election.
“If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and worldviews that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive,” wrote Time’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal.
Time magazine also named US-based advocacy organizations “Frontline Health Workers” and “Racial-Justice Organizers” Guardians of the Year, while American basketball player LeBron James, who won the NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers, was named Athlete of the Year.
Online communication firm Zoom’s CEO Eric Yuan was named Businessperson of the Year and Korean pop group BTS was Entertainer of the Year.
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