Rapper Psy was shortlisted for TIME magazine's Person of the Year 2012 on Monday along with 39 others including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, China's new leader Xi Jinping, Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
"Korean rapper Psy's slick, wickedly satirical video 'Gangnam Style' broke all kinds of sound barriers this year, clocking more than 820 million YouTube views -- and counting," the U.S. magazine wrote, "The über-ambitious Seoul music industry watched in amazement as the eccentric 34-year-old hip-hop artist, gleefully skewering the music machine that made him, managed to go where no Korean performer had gone before. The rest of us just danced."
The winner is chosen by online voting on the TIME website.
Previous people of the year include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007.