Despite president Donald Trump's recent tweets against the magazine - he claimed he declined the honour - his name has been included. However, the vast majority of the finalists for person of the year have something very interesting common: they are combative opponents to POTUS.
Finishing third, with 5 percent of votes each, were former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, special counsel Robert Mueller and the Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. He's also the richest person in the world, with a net worth topping $100 billion.
Robert Mueller: "Appointed as special counsel following FBI Director James Comey's firing, Mueller has brought charges against four people so far as he investigates potential involvement of the Trump campaign in Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election".
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem past year, describing it as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.
For being "given a second five-year term this year...[and being] written into the Communist Party's constitution, achieving new authority and reinforcing his status as the country's most powerful leader in decades", China's President Xi Jinping is another nominee. "Yet the protest grew this year, as hundreds of National Football League players kneeled during the anthem in the wake of criticism from President Trump".
The #MeToo movement, which was started in 2006 by social activist Tarana Burke to allow victims of sexual misconduct to share their stories and took off this past October in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, was next up on the list.
Trump was previously named Time's 2016 "Person of the Year".
Donald Trump, who had back in November said he "took a pass" on being named the "Person of the Year" after it was offered to him through a phone call, features on the shortlist. "The person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse".