TIME Magazine Names Lizzo & Greta Thunberg Its ‘People of the Year’ 2019

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As the end of the year approaches, TIME Magazine has once again unveiled its annual People of the Year issues. After a big year, eight-time Grammy nominee, Lizzo, has been named entertainer of the year 2019. The greatest honor, however, goes to climate change activist Greta Thunberg who is TIMEs Person of the Year for 2019.

At only 16 years old, Greta Thunberg is the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine for its Person of the Year. In a cover story titled “The Power of the Youth,” TIME acknowledges the young climate change activist’s incredible impact.

“This was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world’s agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than Greta Thunberg,” TIME wrote on Instagram.

Thunberg first started her school strike to demand climate change action back in August 2018. Her initially solo protest eventually inspired other kids to the point that on March 22, 1.4 million students around the world coordinated in a global school strike. TIME credits the teen as being the galvanizing force behind this meaningful political change.

On Lizzo, TIME said, “Attending a Lizzo concert feels like worshipping at the church of self-love. In her interview with the magazine, Lizzo explained she is proud to see women of color being recognized. “Being a black woman is popping but like right now, in mainstream culture, like we’re finally getting a little more respect and getting our due.”

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Lizzo Is TIME's 2019 Entertainer of the Year. Why was this the year—after nearly a decade on the road, performing shows for next to nothing, living in her car, being her own hype man—that @lizzobeeating racked up more Grammy nominations than any other artist? “I’ve been doing positive music for a long-ass time,” she tells TIME. “Then the culture changed. There were a lot of things that weren’t popular but existed, like body positivity, which at first was a form of protest for fat bodies and black women and has now become a trendy, commercialized thing. Now I’ve seen it reach the mainstream. Suddenly I’m mainstream!” Lizzo represents something new, writes Samantha Irby (@bitchesgottaeat). Her sound is relentlessly positive and impossibly catchy. Her lyrics are funny, bawdy and vulnerable: reminders to dump whatever idiot is holding you back and become your own biggest fan. Read more at the link in bio. #TIMEPOY Photograph by @paolakudacki for TIME

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TIME also acknowledged the US women’s soccer team and Disney CEO Bob Iger in its annual list. Head over to TIME Magazine to read their full profile.

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