Lang Lang, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Lang Lang among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Lang Lang is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the pianist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 18/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Lang 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 38-year-old pianist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Lang 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 ‘Chinese Of The Year’ by some major Chinese newspapers and even ‘Shenyang Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Shenyang (Lang Lang'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:

“Lang Lang Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 17 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Lang has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Lang Lang?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Lang Lang?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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