Time magazine released its shortlist of finalists Monday for 2016’s Person of the Year. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton got nods, but so did scientists, technology titans and entertainers.
Eleven candidates in all received nominations. The winner is chosen by the publication’s editors as the person who most influenced news in the last year. The 2016 Person of the Year will be revealed Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.
In alphabetical order, the 11 nominees are listed below:
The 19-year-old gymnast made her debut at the Rio Olympics this summer, and came away with four gold medals and one bronze on America’s “Final Five” winning team. With a total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast.
The former first lady has experienced plenty of firsts, as the first woman to receive the nomination for president from a major political party andthe first female senator from New York. Though Clinton lost the presidential race in November, she won the popular vote by nearly 2.5 million votes over Trump.
This groupof scientists developed a DNA-editing tool that has the potential to transform the field of biology by potentially curingdisease, stamping out viruses and killing off invasive plant species.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
A coup carried out by a faction of Turkey’s military failed to overthrow its president, and resulted in the death of 161 people. Erdogan encouraged his citizens to stand up to the military in the streets, and subsequently tightened control over the country, shutting down news organizations, jailing political opponents and firing thousands of government workers.
Farage, head of the United Kingdom’s Independence Party, led a successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union. Brexitis now viewed as the start of a populist wave across the country against political establishment.
The Flint whistleblowers
Local residents, professors and doctors led the charge against Flint, Michigan, and its lead-poisoned water, bringing national spotlight to the environmental crisis. More than a year since the issue was brought to light, residents of Flint still do not have clean drinking water flowing through their pipes.
The star-studded performer used her influence to make a political message with her Super Bowl halftime performance in February, a world tour and the “Lemonade” albumabout police brutality, feminism, racial inequality and injustice.
India’s prime minister “guided his country’s economy into position as the emerging-market world’s most positive story,” Time editors wrote. Modi also won a reader’s poll to be named the 2016 Person of the Year, with 18 percent of the vote; President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and Julian Assangetied for No. 2 with 7 percent each.
Russia and its president filled headlines this year for alleged intervention in the 2016 presidential election, operatives that hacked Democratic National Committee servers and President-elect Donald Trump’s friendly relationship with the nation.
The real estate tycoon and reality TV star is set to become the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, after a successful campaign on an anti-establishment, anti-Washington platform.
This year, Facebook surpassed the 1 billion mobile daily users mark, while handling increased pressure to take responsibility for its role in the spread of fake and misleading news leading up to the U.S. presidential election.