Time magazine's Person of the Year 2014 shortlist has been announced, and it includes both beloved and controversial characters.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs on the show Monday to reveal the candidates, as well as a run-down of a few past winners, like Pope Francis and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Among the least controversial figures were pop singer Taylor Swift, whose "Shake It Off" has been a massive hit, and who decided to pull her albums off of streaming music service Spotify over royalties.
Also on the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has successfully carried on the legacy of his late friend, founder Steve Jobs, and recently came out as the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500. Alibaba founder Jack Ma, whose company made history as the largest IPO of all time when it debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, also netted a nomination.
Across the oceans, politician Masoud Barzani has headed the Iraqi Kurdistan Region since 2005, working with the U.S. to fight Islamic State militants, and earning a place on the list. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also been in the headlines a lot this year for both good (2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi) and ill (invasion of Ukraine), keeping the attention of the Time editors and the rest of the world.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, embattled after the Ray Rice controversy, also made the shortlist, as did the Ebola caregivers and the Ferguson protesters — which one can assume extends to the Eric Garner protestors, given there's been much overlap between the two.
The winner of the prestigious Person of the Year cover is expected to be announced Wednesday.
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