It was a long shot, but in the end, Donald Trump became the president-elect — and Time magazine's "Person of the Year."
In fact, it was Trump's "disruption" of American politics that earned him the coveted cover spot from Time.
Donald Trump is TIME's Person of the Year 2016 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/5pTGOksevE https://t.co/N8BtqTu9Nl— TIME (@TIME) 1481114002.0
"For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is Time's 2016 Person of the Year," the magazine declared.
Appearing on NBC's "Today" Wednesday morning, Trump said the award was a "great honor."
Trump's Democratic campaign rival Hillary Clinton came in second place for the title. "In the autopsy of the doomed Clinton campaign, there is no shortage of fatal causes," Time said.
Also making the shortlist for 2016: the hackers who broke into the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and others; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the scientists behind CRISPR, the DNA editing tool; and Beyoncé.
Last year's "Person of the Year" was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.