Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is the front runner of Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' online poll, trouncing many other worthy opponents.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker is currently experiencing commercial success this year with a new album and her antics both on and off stage. Her twerking
act at the Video Music Awards earlier this year was highly controversial.
Cyrus, 21, garnered 28% of the votes as of November 27. She is ahead of such people as former NSA defence contractor Edward Snowden, chief minister of the state of Gujarat Narendra Modi and president of Syria Bashar al-Assad.
"Time and Poptip are aware of the efforts to affect the results of the Person of the Year poll, and have measures in place so that only legitimate votes are being incorporated in the final tally," a Time spokesperson said.
"We're delighted that so many people are having fun with this poll and contributing to the conversation (about who should win)," the spokesperson added.
Time has added Twitter this year to encourage more participation and broaden the horizon.
The Twerking star was earlier nominated as the 'least influential person of 2013' by GQ magazine. The US publication had compiled a list of the 25 stars who they believe are uninspiring to the general public, noting that this year "has been a bad year for impotent megalomaniacs." Cyrus ranked sixth on the list for her provocative and racy performances over the past few months.