Time's 2014 Person of the Year Finalists: Taylor Swift, Ferguson Protesters, Apple's Tim Cook

Taylor Swift - H 2014
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Taylor Swift - H 2014

The NFL's Roger Goodell, Russia's president Vladimir Putin and the Ebola caregivers also made the shortlist

Who impacted the world — for better or for worse — in 2014? Taylor Swift and Apple's Tim Cook, according to Time's annual Person of the Year shortlist.

Swift's big year of releasing 1989 — and pulling her entire catalog from Spotify — rivals that of the Apple executive, who became the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO and released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple Pay in 2014.

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Also among the finalists — revealed Monday morning on Today — are the Ferguson protesters who stood against the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the Ebola caregivers fighting the virus' outbreak; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose list of recent league concerns include the Ray Rice case, domestic violence scandals and serious fears over head injuries; Russian president Vladimir Putin for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (and its LGBT-related controversies) and the country's military conflict with Ukraine; Kurdish politician Masoud Barzani, who eyes the region's independence and is fighting ISIS; and Alibaba Group founder and CEO Jack Ma, as the company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange as the biggest tech IPO in history.

The title's winner will be announced Wednesday on Today. Last year, the magazine awarded the title to Pope Francis.

Watch the video revealing the list of finalists below.

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