US President-elect Joe Biden (left) and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. Photo/Reuters
At some point during their time in the White House, every elected US president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
On Thursday evening, the publication announced that President-elect Joe Biden continues the trend — with a twist: He is the first to receive the title alongside his running-mate, Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris.
It is another “first” for Harris, who will become the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American to serve in the nation’s second-highest office.
Ultra-popular K-pop band BTS has a global influence, and that star power is now being recognized by Time magazine. BTS was named Time's Entertainer of the Year for 2020, with their own cover shot by Mok Jung Wook.
The band is so influential that South Korean lawmakers passed the so-called "BTS Bill" earlier this month, which will likely give major pop stars the ability to postpone their mandatory national military service. Under the law, deferment waivers for military service would be granted to pop musicians who have won awards.
deferment [dɪˈfɜːrmənt]: n. 延期
BTS has won their fair share of awards. They have been nominated for seven American Music Awards, all of which they've won; four Billboard Music awards, which they also won; and they are nominated for a Grammy Award.
In addition to Entertainer of the Year, Time also announced its Athlete of the Year: LeBron James.
James is not only recognized for his accomplishments on the court but for his social justice activism. James has rallied fellow athletes to demonstrate against racial justice and police brutality, himself wearing an "I can't breathe" shirt on the court in memory of George Floyd.
He has also publicly spoken out about the Breonna Taylor case and launched a nonprofit, More Than a Vote, which focuses on "combating systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing, and protecting our community in 2020."