Taylor Swift is rounding up the year with yet another honor: Time named Taylor Swift its "Person Of The Year", beating out Barbie and King Charles III.
According to Time, Swift was chosen because she managed to instill optimism in people throughout the world during some incredibly difficult periods.
No one else on the planet today can move so many people so well. Achieving this feat is something we often chalk up to the alignments of planets and fates, but giving too much credit to the stars ignores her skill and her power.- Time magazine
In an interview with the magazine, Swift stated, "this is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been."
She did not shy away from discussing any and all topics, even the incident where Kim Kardashian leaked a phone call between Kanye and Taylor in which they discussed his song "Famous." After being "cancelled" due to the leak, Taylor decided to go away from the limelight for a while. For the first time ever, she spoke publicly about her connection with Travis Kelce, a star for the Kansas City Chiefs. Swift gushed over how "metal as hell" Kelce's friendship bracelet was on his show, and the two quickly became friends after that.
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce
When asked about her attendance at NFL games, which have increased some of their ratings, she stated, "I'm just there to support Travis." "I'm not sure if I'm annoying some dads, Brads, and Chads by being shown too much."
"Make no mistake—my career was taken away from me," she said to TIME. "You have a completely fabricated frame job in an illegally recorded phone call that Kim Kardashian edited and then released to prove to everyone that I was a liar." That took me to a psychological low point I'd never experienced before. I relocated to another country. For a year, I didn't leave my rented home. I was terrified of making phone calls. Because I didn't trust anyone anymore, I avoided most individuals in my life. "I fell really, really hard."
In 2020, Kim denied manipulating the film and tweeted, "To be clear, the only issue I ever had with the situation was that Taylor lied through her publicist, who stated that 'Kanye never called to ask for permission...'" I let you all see that they clearly spoke. Nobody ever disputed using the word 'bitch' without her permission."
Swift's "Eras Tour," which brought in over $2.2 billion in ticket sales in North America alone, was a contributing factor in her incredible year, as to research firm QuestionPro. In addition, StubHub revealed on Wednesday that the "Eras Tour" was the largest tour in the website's history when it released its 2023 "Year in Live Experiences" report.
Swift has taken over neighborhood movie houses as well as arenas the size of the Super Bowl.
"Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour," the pop singer's concert film, made approximately $96 million at the box office during its first weekend of release in the US and Canada. This made it the highest-grossing concert film domestically for its opening weekend, according to AMC.
Swift shattered her own record on Spotify by becoming the most-streamed artist in a single day in the platform's history, while "1989 (Taylor's Version)" became the most-streamed album in a single day this year amongst all of them.
Swift also quit drinking, telling Time, "Doing that show with a hangover… I don’t want to know that world."