Katy Perry named Billboard's Woman of the Year
September 26th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Katy Perry named Billboard's Woman of the Year

The past year has been rocky for Katy Perry's personal life, but it's been fantastic for her career.

Billboard magazine will honor the "California Gurl's" achievements this November at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event by handing Perry the Billboard Woman of the Year award.

As Billboard's editorial director, Bill Werde, points out, it hasn't yet been five years since Perry came barreling into the music industry, but in that short time she's established herself as a pop force to be reckoned with.

Seven of her singles have hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and she set a record with nine of her singles going No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart. She was the first female artist to have five No. 1 songs from a single album - 2010's "Teenage Dream" - and went on to sell 2.5 million copies of that disc.

"With what seems like a never-ending supply of record-breaking, chart-topping hits, coupled with her unique and fresh style, Katy Perry is hands-down one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry today," Werde said.

Billboard's Women in Music event will be held November 30 in New York City.


Filed under: Celebrities • Katy Perry • Music

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  1. georgebushSR

    sorry not only heard her live, heard her live performance on saturday night live, i have to say...

    Katy Perry you are everything that is going wrong with the entertainment industry..

    Huge song content farm to pick and choose from, designers who coordinate every single aspect of your show, hardly a singing voice with a belly aftertone and most of all the editing in your songs, my lord jesus you might as well be a robot woman!

    October 1, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Talented

    love the jet black hair

    September 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Great Opening Number Right?

    Give my regards to Broadway,
    Remember me to Herald Square;
    Tell all the gang at 42nd Street,
    That I will soon be there.
    Whisper of how I'm yearning
    To mingle with the old time throng;
    Give my regards to old Broadway,
    And say that I'll be there e'er long.

    Give my regards to Broadway,
    Remember me to Herald Square;
    Tell all the gang at 42nd Street,
    That I will soon be there.
    Whisper of how I'm yearning
    To mingle with the old time throng;
    Give my regards to old Broadway,
    And say that I'll be there e'er long.
    Did you ever see two Yankees part upon a foreign shore?
    When the good ship's just about to start for Old New York once more?
    With tear dimmed eye, they say goodbye
    They're friends, without a doubt;
    When the man on the pier shouts, "Let them clear!"
    As the ship strikes out.

    Give my regards to Broadway!
    Remember me to Herald Square!
    Tell all the gang at Forty Second Street
    That I will soon be there!
    Whisper of how I'm yearning
    To mingle with the old time throng!
    Give my regards to Old Broadway
    And say that I'll be there, 'ere long!

    Give my regards to Broadway!
    Remember me to Herald Square!
    Tell all the gang at Forty Second Street
    That I will soon be there!
    Whisper of how I'm yearning
    To mingle with the old time throng!
    Give my regards to Old Broadway
    And say that I'll be there, 'ere long!

    September 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Whoa

    that is one ugly woman! I hope that is just a really bad pic of her. She kind of looks like a frog with those buggy eyes of hers. Actually, she kind of looks like a guy! I guess that Sokman likes them kind of manly. lmao

    September 27, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. wow...was this the last song?

    Born free, as free as the wind blows
    As free as the grass grows
    Born free to follow your heart
    [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/a/andy_williams/born_free.html ]
    Live free and beauty surrounds you
    The world still astounds you
    Each time you look at a star

    Stay free, where no walls divide you
    You're free as the roaring tide
    So there's no need to hide

    Born free, and life is worth living
    But only worth living
    'cause you're born free

    (Stay free, where no walls divide you)
    You're free as the roaring tide
    So there's no need to hide

    Born free, and life is worth living
    But only worth living
    'cause you're born free

    Send "Born Free" Ringtone to your Cell

    © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    Lyrics term of use

    September 27, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse | Reply

    September 27, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. RosEbud

    Congrats to Katy!!! Last year, as a special gift for my daughter's 13th b'day, we enjoyed a night out at Katy's concert! Katy had just cancelled a scheduled performance the night before stopping in our state – due to illness. Sick as can be...she put on an outstanding concert and looked beautiful! Katy has earned this award!! Keep up the excellence, Katy!!!

    September 27, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. portparadise

    cuz night out...we saw katy the beginning of this year in concert. katy puts on a heck of a show and has a great voice.

    "wide awake" is a great song.

    September 27, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marney_5

    Ah?..... Seriously? Women of the year?

    September 27, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. JaydaLynn

    I gotta say I have loved Katy Perry for awhile. When my little girl wanted to see her movie I kinda rolled my eyes, but I have watched worst to make my child happy. When they show the scene where she was crying over her marriage breaking up, it just broke my heart!! Then she said "Start" and went on to preform for her fans, she gain so much respect from me!! She deserves it!!

    September 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ProperVillain

    Any credibility that Billboard has just went out the window. Based on the first 2 comments it looks like Katy Perry's PR team is hard at work flooding the comment logs....

    September 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sokman

    Katy Perry... My mouth is watering

    September 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      I heard that happens when you get old. Just get yourself a drool rag. Don't want to offend anyone, would you? lmao

      September 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Quinn C

    Katy Perry really deserves it! There's a fun way to add some Katy to your photos, too – check out http://riffed.it/#/challenge/2

    September 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |

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