Sergio Mendes, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Sergio Mendes among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

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

UPDATE 01/06/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Mendes 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 79-year-old musician, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Mendes 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 musician have already been named ‘Brazilian Of The Year’ by some major Brazilian newspapers and even ‘Niterói Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Niterói (Sergio Mendes' hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#MendesPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 31 May 2020
“Congrats! Sergio has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 31 May 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Sergio Mendes?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 May 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Sergio Mendes?

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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