Sheila E., TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

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

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

UPDATE 25/02/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Sheila E. 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 63-year-old singer, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Sheila E. 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 ‘Oakland Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Oakland (Sheila E.'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:

“#Sheila E.POY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 24 Feb 2021
“Congrats! Sheila has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 24 Feb 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Sheila E.?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Feb 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Sheila E.?

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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