Evgeny Kissin, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Evgeny Kissin among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Evgeny Kissin is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the pianist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 14/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Kissin 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 48-year-old pianist, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Kissin 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 pianist have already been named ‘Israelian Of The Year’ by some major Israelian newspapers and even ‘Moscow Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Moscow (Evgeny Kissin's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#KissinPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 13 Aug 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveEvgeny”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 13 Aug 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Evgeny Kissin?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 13 Aug 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Evgeny Kissin?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?

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