Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been named as the joint winners of TIME's 2020 "Person of the Year."
Keep scrolling for the full details, and to see the previous winners over the years...
Now, TIME's Person of the Year is perhaps one of the most prestigious awards that can be won...
In 1940, one of the most notable British Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill, took on the title as TIME's Person of the Year.He was the PM of the United Kingdom during the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain, and he is still credited for getting his country through the second world war to this very day.
Queen Elizabeth II was awarded the title in 1952...Which came just months after she acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1961, our former president John F. Kennedy won the title.
via: GettyKennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States in 1961, ordering the failed invasion of Cuba by U.S.-trained Cuban exiles. He remains to be one of the most influential presidents of all time.
Leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King was given the title in 1963.Following his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech made that year.
In 1992, the then-president-elect Bill Clinton graciously took the title."History may eventually decide that the key to Clinton's accomplishment lay in his temperament... In his enthusiasm for people and curiosity about their lives," TIME said of Clinton.
AIDS researcher David Ho was titled TIME's Person of the Year in 1996."He's kind of a genius, you know," his mother told TIME, "I'm not supposed to say that, but it's true."
Jeff Bezos (believe it or not) took on the title in 1999.Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos "is a person who not only changed the way we do things but helped pave the way for the future," TIME said.
Rudy Giuliani (again, believe it or not) was TIME's Person of the Year in 2001.Giuliani was granted the title due to being the Mayor of New York during the September 11 attacks. "When the day of infamy came, Giuliani seized it as if he had been waiting for it all his life, taking on half a dozen critical roles and performing each masterfully."
Vladimir Putin in 2007.Russia's controversial president landed on TIME's cover in the final year of his first term as Russia's president. "If Russia fails, all bets are off for the 21st century. And if Russia succeeds as a nation-state in the family of nations, it will owe much of that success to one man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin," the article said.
Barack Obama then took on the title in 2008.
"He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom, and overcame centuries of the social pecking order," the article said of the then-president. Obama went on to win the award again in 2012.
What an honor to be named @TIME Person of the Year. Congratulations, @BarackObama! 🇺🇸 #ObamaDayJune14th https://t.co/wyBJNouKAG— 🚴 Team Secretary Pete 😎 (@🚴 Team Secretary Pete 😎)1592114030.0
Pope Francis in 2013.TIME's 2013 choice had just been elevated to lead the Roman Catholic Church. "John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology," the article noted. "Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician, and literature teacher."
TIME gave their award to all of the Ebola fighters in 2014.
Health care workers, scientists, nurses, ambulance attendees, and others who fought the devastating Ebola virus outbreak shared the title in 2014.
Editor @nancygibbs explains TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2014 http://t.co/U0duhxJGgF #TIMEPOY http://t.co/W8WuOvDZLb— TIME (@TIME)1418567412.0
President Donald Trump was given the honor in 2016, much to people's disbelief.The magazine explained: "For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's, Donald Trump is TIME 2016 Person of the Year."
Greta Thunberg was the youngest ever person to be awarded the title at the age of sixteen in 2019.
So, who will it be this year in 2020?
Well, fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao, from Denver, Colorado, was named as TIME's Kid of the Year, 2020 last week.
But as for the official TIME's Person of the Year?Well, the award has actually been split between 2 very special people!
President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris have both been awarded the prestigious title.@charlottealter."
"For that, he needed Kamala Harris.""California Senator, former district attorney, and state attorney general, a biracial child of immigrants whose charisma and tough questioning of Trump Administration officials electrified millions of Democrats. The Vice President has never before been a woman, or Black, or Asian American."
The magazine's editor-in-chief noted that Biden and Harris won the honor for "changing the American story"......"For showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world."
Biden and Harris' win has brought on a wave of mixed opinion...
With many congratulating the pair graciously on their win.
@TIME Thank you!!!! They deserve it! They will listen to the science and work with frontline workers. Proud #KHIVE!— delonté. 👟 (@delonté. 👟)1607659441.0
It's clear that many feel the powerful pair deserve the title...And it's also clear that the fact they beat President Donald Trump is an excuse to win the title alone!
But many feel that their win is totally unnecessary...
And that they don't deserve the title at all.
@TIME That’s the stupidest decision Time magazine has ever made. They haven’t done anything to deserve an irrelevant award.— Uncle Sam 🇺🇸 (@Uncle Sam 🇺🇸)1607659905.0
People also felt disappointed that the healthcare workers who have been battling the pandemic this year weren't given the title...
Which is what TIME did in 2014 for the healthcare workers battling Ebola.
@TIME Why not the healthcare workers be named people of the year. Since they had to deal with the virus.— Burn 🗾🌌 (@Burn 🗾🌌)1607660145.0
Nevertheless, congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!
via: GettyYou can read the full TIME article about their win here. Read on for more on last year's winner, Greta Thunberg, and why she deserved the title so much...