South Korean boy band BTS won Time's readers poll for Person of the Year.

The magazine confirmed the K-pop group beat out Planet Earth and the Thai cave divers in an online poll for its Person of the Year.

BTS won with 9 percent of the vote and a 0.12% margin over Planet Earth. The Thai cave divers garnered 6 percent of the vote, with Mohammed bin Salman and Moon Jae-in at 5 and 4 percent, respectively.

Time editors ultimately chose "The Guardians" — late journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other targeted writers — as its Person of the Year for 2018.

"This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.," Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said.

BTS has appeared on several other end-of-year lists, including the Bloomberg 50. The group is the only Korean entry on the list and the first K-pop act to ever secure the honor.
By Annie Martin,

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