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BTS wins Time readers poll for Person of the Year

By Annie Martin
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BTS wins Time readers poll for Person of the Year
BTS beat out "Planet Earth" and the Thai cave divers in an online poll for Time's Person of the Year. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- South Korean boy band BTS won Time's readers poll for Person of the Year.

The magazine confirmed the K-pop group beat out Planet Earth and the Thai cave divers in an online poll for its Person of the Year.

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BTS won with 9 percent of the vote and a 0.12% margin over Planet Earth. The Thai cave divers garnered 6 percent of the vote, with Mohammed bin Salman and Moon Jae-in at 5 and 4 percent, respectively.

Time editors ultimately chose "The Guardians" -- late journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other targeted writers -- as its Person of the Year for 2018.

"This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.," Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said.

BTS has appeared on several other end-of-year lists, including the Bloomberg 50. The group is the only Korean entry on the list and the first K-pop act to ever secure the honor.

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