Cheb Mami, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Prince Of Rai among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Prince Of Rai Cheb Mami is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 18/10/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Cheb Mami 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 52-year-old singer, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Cheb Mami 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 ‘Algerian Of The Year’ by some major Algerian newspapers and even ‘Saïda Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Saïda (Cheb Mami'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:

“#Cheb MamiPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 17 Oct 2018
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveCheb Mami”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 17 Oct 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Cheb Mami?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Oct 2018

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Cheb Mami?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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