Time magazine names Taylor Swift as person of the year

FILE - Taylor Swift performs during "The Eras Tour" in Nashville, Tenn., May 5, 2023. According to Spotify Wrapped, Swift was 2023's most-streamed artist globally. (AP Photo/George Walker IV, File)
FILE - Taylor Swift performs during "The Eras Tour" in Nashville, Tenn., May 5, 2023. According to Spotify Wrapped, Swift was 2023's most-streamed artist globally. (AP Photo/George Walker IV, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Is the year of Taylor Swift over now? Not yet.

Time magazine named Swift its person of the year Wednesday, a week after Spotify announced she was the most-played artist on the streaming platform.

Swift was picked from a group of nine finalists that included Barbie, King Charles III, and OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman, among others.

"While her popularity has grown across the decades, this is the year that Swift, 33, achieved a kind of nuclear fusion: shooting art and commerce together to release an energy of historic force," Time said about her selection.

Her year included the wildly popular Eras Tour and concert movie, the release of her reimagined "1989" album, and her closely watched relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. She's even the subject of college courses.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was Time's 2022 person of the year.

Dec. 7: Actor Ellen Burstyn is 91. Country singer Gary Morris is 75. Singer Tom Waits is 74. Actor Priscilla Barnes ("Jane the Virgin," "Three's Company") is 66. Announcer Edd Hall ("The Tonight Show With Jay Leno") is 65. Bassist Tim Butler of Psychedelic Furs is 65. Actor Patrick Fabian ("Better Call Saul") is 58. Actor Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld") is 58. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 57. Actor Kimberly Hebert Gregory ("Kevin (Probably) Saves the World") is 51. Rapper Kon Artis of D12 is 49. Singer Nicole Appleton of All Saints is 48. Singer Frankie J (Kumbia Kings) is 47. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 47. Actor Shiri Appleby ("UnREAL," "Roswell") is 45. Singer Sara Bareilles is 44. Actor Jennifer Carpenter ("Limitless," "Dexter") is 44. Actor Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") is 41.

  photo  FILE - Taylor Swift performs at the Monumental stadium during her Eras Tour concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
 
 
  photo  FILE - Taylor Swift performs at the Monumental stadium during her Eras Tour concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
 
 
  photo  FILE - Taylor Swift waves from a suite alongside Brittany Mahomes, right, during the first half of an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Oct. 22, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)