Time magazine has named four finalists for the 2020 Person of the Year.
The publication revealed its shortlist Wednesday morning, including President-elect Joe Biden; President Donald Trump; Frontline Health Care Workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci for their role in the coronavirus pandemic; and the Movement for Racial Justice, highlighting Black Lives Matter activists and protests over the death of George Floyd.
The final choice and the issue’s cover will be revealed tonight.
Nominees this year included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, WNBA star Sue Bird, NASCAR race driver Bubba Wallace, singer Ariana Grande, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the World Health Organization, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who left the royal family earlier this year.
Time has named a “Person of the Year” for nearly 100 years, recognizing an individual or group that has had “the greatest influence on the events of the year—for better or worse.” A wide range of figures have received the distinction, including Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, President John F. Kennedy, The Computer, President Barack Obama, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis.
Greta Thunburg, the Swedish climate change activist, was named Person of the Year in 2019 and was nominated again this year.
Time will reveal 2020′s Person of the Year during an NBC special Thursday at 10 p.m.
The magazine has already named K-pop boy band BTS as 2020′s Entertainer of the Year, NBA star LeBron James as the Athlete of the Year, and rescue animals as the Pet of the Year.