She’s coming in like a “Wrecking Ball.” After being noticeably left off the 2014 list of Grammy nominees, Miley Cyrus joins President Barack Obama and Pope Francis on the shortlist for the title of Time magazine’s annual Person of the Year.
The Time Person of the Year is the person or thing that has had the most influence — good or bad — on culture and news during the past year. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the title in 2010.
Time magazine Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs announced the Top 10 finalist for the 2013 prize on The Today Show Monday. Gibbs explained why she isn’t surprised to see the Disney darling-turned-twerk queen leading the charge. After all, she had also been the frontrunner in the public vote.
“This year’s list is a lot of very divisive people in most cases. Power is not just political. It can be cultural, it can be spiritual. She came in like a wrecking ball, literally. At a time when you’re living with an explosion of exhibitionism since we all now carry cameras with us at all times, she is a symbol of the way we live.”
Time’s 2013 Person of the Year will be announced Wednesday morning.