World-renowned pop star Britney Spears took first place on this 12 months’s TIME100 reader ballot, wherein TIME requested readers to vote for who they assume ought to make the annual record of probably the most influential individuals. Practically 1.eight million votes had been forged in whole, with Spears claiming 4% of the vote.

The famed artist dominated the information cycle this 12 months as a fan-led marketing campaign to finish her 13-year conservatorship beneath her father gained momentum, with individuals all over the world calling to #FreeBritney. Spears spoke brazenly in courtroom for the primary time in June about her circumstances, alleging she’d been topic to “abusive” situations, and her authorized battle for autonomy highlighted a system that many incapacity rights advocates have lengthy fought to reform.

Well being Care Staff adopted Spears in second place with 3.1% of the vote, because the second 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hazard lives all over the world. However progress has been made within the combat towards the virus, mirrored within the third place winners: Vaccine Builders, who garnered 2.5% of readers’ votes.

Award-winning Ok-pop group BTS adopted in fourth place with 2.1%, having beforehand received each the 2019 and 2018 TIME100 reader ballot. Simone Biles, probably the most adorned gymnast of all time, got here in fifth with 2% of the vote. The American gold medalist shocked the world in July when she pulled out of a number of occasions citing psychological well being issues, shining a lightweight on an typically under-acknowledged facet {of professional} sports activities.

TIME’s editors finally choose the honorees on the TIME100 record, which will likely be introduced Wednesday, Sept. 15.