TIME unveiled its shortlist for 2017's Person of the Year Monday morning on NBC's "Today" show. Among those named is President Donald Trump, who was awarded the title last year.
TIME has feature a Person of the Year since 1927. They make a selection each year of a person who has most influenced the world "for good or ill," however the title is sometimes awarded to a group of people or an abstract concept. American Women (1975) and the computer (1982) have been named in the past.
TIME's first selection was Charles Lindbergh, the first person to make a solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic.
Here is this year's short list, in alphabetical order:
The founder and CEO of Amazon is currently the richest person in the world. This year, Amazon also bought Whole Foods. Bezos was TIME's Person of the Year in 1999.
Dreamers include almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as young children. Their futures in the United States remain uncertain as the Trump Administration follows through on plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by Obama.
Jenkins made history when her movie "Wonder Woman" made more than $100 million its opening weekend, making it the biggest domestic opening ever for a female director. She is also the first female director of an American superhero movie. Jenkins is currently signed on to direct the second installment of "Wonder Woman."
Kim Jong Un
Repeated ballistic missile tests and a back-and-forth war of words with President Donald Trump from the North Korean Leader has intensified the threat of nuclear war in American minds.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy last year when he refused to stand while the national anthem was played at the beginning of games as a protest against police brutality and racism. The protest continued to grow, with hundreds of NFL players kneeling during the 2017 season.
Kapernick is currently not signed with a team, and recently filed a grievance against NFL owners, who he said blackballed him within the league.
The #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement started last year after a recording was released of Donald Trump joking about sexual assault during a taping of Access Hollywood. The movement aims to shed light on the pervasiveness of sexual assault and harassment, and gained traction after producer Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other men were accused of sexual assault.
Mueller was appointed in May as special counsel in the investigation of the Russian government's interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. He's brought charges against four people so far, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia
The 32-year-old crown prince was elevated by his father, King Salman, in June. He is known for cracking down on businessmen and members of the royal family accused of corruption.
President Trump was named Person of the Year last year, calling it "a tremendous honor." He has been a the subject of much controversy during his first year as president, including when he tweeted that he had already turned down the offer to be 2017's Person of the Year.
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
The President of China is the country's most powerful leader in decades. He came into office in 2012 and was elected for a second five year term this year. He was written into the Communist Party's constitution, making him China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
The final selection for Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday.