In a remarkable culmination of her career’s achievements, pop icon Taylor Swift has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2023. Swift, who has seen her popularity soar over the years, surpassed other notable figures like Barbie and King Charles III for the honor.
Time magazine recognized Swift for her unique ability to inspire hope worldwide during challenging times. “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,” the publication stated.
In its profile, Time highlighted Swift’s unparalleled influence, saying, “No one else on the planet today can move so many people so well.” The magazine’s feature also includes an interview with Swift, where she expressed her immense pride and creative fulfillment.
Swift also publicly discussed her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce for the first time, revealing that their connection began after Kelce sported a friendship bracelet on his podcast, which Swift described as “metal as hell.”
Swift’s impact extends beyond her music. Her “Eras Tour” achieved staggering success, grossing approximately $2.2 billion in ticket sales in North America alone, according to QuestionPro. Additionally, StubHub’s 2023 “Year in Live Experiences” report declared the tour as the biggest in the website’s history.
Moreover, Swift’s concert film, “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” set records in its opening weekend, earning around $96 million in the U.S. and Canada’s box office, per AMC. This made it the highest-grossing concert film domestically for an opening weekend.
On the streaming front, Swift shattered her own Spotify record, becoming the most-streamed artist in a single day on the platform, while “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” emerged as Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day this year.