Mary J. Blige, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Mary J. Blige among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Mary J. Blige is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 19/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Blige 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 singer, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Blige so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she 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 ‘New York Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New York (Mary J. Blige'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:

“Mary J. Blige Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Mar 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMary J.”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 18 Mar 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Mary J. Blige?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Mar 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Mary J. Blige?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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