Monday, December 14, 2020

Time Magazine's Athlete and Entertainer of the Year for 2020 made a difference

I began 'Saturday Night Live' opens with a vaccine announcement and makes fun of election lawsuits and Space Force in a coronavirus holiday episode with my plans for today.
I'm postponing the post I said I would write for today.
Stay tuned as I finish this series tomorrow with the Athlete of the Year and Entertainer of the Year for the Sunday entertainment feature.
I'll do that tomorrow.
Without any further ado, here is Time Magazine's LeBron James: Athlete Of The Year.

At 11:58 a.m. on June 8, LeBron James logged on to a video call from the living room of his Los Angeles–area home. As the clock hit noon, James, who abhors tardiness, took command of a virtual meeting that included more than 20 top athletes, entertainers and political pros. He set a serious tone: across the country, people were filling the streets to march against racial injustice and demand systemic change. What could this group do about it?
While I'm lumping this honor in with the Entertainer[s] of the Year — sports is a form of entertainment — it recognizes LeBron James as also being one of the racial-justice organizers recognized as some of the Guardians of the Year. Not only did he and other athletes join the movement against police brutality, they also made a difference in the 2020 election by convincing team owner to convert sports stadiums into polling places. Time recognized the Guardians of the Year as "defend[ing] the ideals sacred to democracy." So did James. Congratulations!

Follow over the jump for TIME's 2020 Entertainer of the Year.

Now for the videos that would have made this a good Sunday entertainment feature, one day late, BTS | TIME Entertainer of the Year.

BTS is TIME’s 2020 Entertainer of the Year. Between releasing multiple albums and breaking every type of record in 2020, the Korean pop band ascended to the zenith of pop stardom. In an era marked by so much anguish and cynicism, BTS has stayed true to their message of kindness, connection and self-acceptance.
That's a really charming interview, but that's not all. Watch BTS Performs "Dynamite": Entertainer Of The Year.

Watch Entertainer of the Year BTS perform "Dynamite."

I've only mentioned BTS once before on this blog in an entry about the 2018 Teen Choice Awards and that was merely an aside. It's about time I featured them.

This wouldn't be an entertainment feature of mine during awards season without mentioning one of the big awards shows. Billboard reported that "K-pop sensation BTS...earned their first Grammy nods -- BTS is up for best pop duo/group performance ("Dynamite")..." Here are the nominees for that category.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Un Dia (One Day)," J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
"Intentions," Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
"Dynamite," BTS
"Rain On Me," Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
"Exile," Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver
Congratulations to BTS on the nomination, but this is a tough field. In particular, I think they will have a difficult time getting the recorded music professionals to vote for them over either Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift and Bon Iver. If this were up to the fans, they'd almost certainly win. In fact, at this year's People's Choice Awards, they won four awards, The group of 2020, The song of 2020 and The music video of 2020 for “Dynamite,” and The album of 2020 for Map of the Soul: 7. Behold the power of the BTS ARMY!

I thought this would be the end of the series, but I looked at the winners of Businessperson of the Year and Kid of the Year and decided I needed to feature them, too. Stay tuned.

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