MTVU names Pope Francis and Lorde as man and woman of the year
This Nov. 8, 2013 photo shows New Zealand singer Lorde in New York. MTV’s college channel has gone in two wildly different directions in naming Pope Francis and pop singer Lorde as its man and woman of the year. (AP / Victoria Will)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:16PM EST
NEW YORK -- MTV's college channel has gone in two wildly different directions in naming Pope Francis and pop singer Lorde as its man and woman of the year.
MTVU said Tuesday that both figures challenged their followers with unexpected stands.
Since becoming pope, Francis has urged the Catholic Church not to become obsessed with "small-minded rules" and to emphasize compassion over condemnation in dealing with touchy topics like abortion, gays and contraception.
The New Zealand teenager Lorde released a debut single, "Royals," that puts down a culture of conspicuous consumption, and distributed it first for free.
Last year, MTVU honoured Frank Ocean and Malala Yousafzai.