Billie Joe Armstrong, TIME's Person of the Year 2016?

Green Day frontman among finalists for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2016. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 04/12/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Armstrong for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 44-year-old singer, as a 2016 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Armstrong so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the singer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Oakland Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Oakland (Billie Joe Armstrong's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the singer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Billie Joe Armstrong Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 3 Dec 2016
“Congrats! Billie Joe has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 3 Dec 2016
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Billie Joe Armstrong?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 3 Dec 2016

Could 2016 officially be the Year of Billie Joe Armstrong?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2016 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016?

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