Time magazine editors have released the shortlist for its 2012 Person of the Year, and South Korean pop sensation PSY, rap superstar Jay-Z and Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot are among the candidates.
There are 38 contenders, including "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.
Also nominated are President Barack Obama and his former White House rival, Republican Mitt Romney, as well as dissident Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban extremists who disagreed with her equal rights beliefs.
Editors will reveal the winner on Dec. 14. In 2011, The Protester was named the Person of the Year, following the widespread reach of the Occupy Wall Street campaign against big business.