In the past year, Katy Perry not only dealt with her divorce from comedian Russell Brand but also broke records on the Billboard charts and channeled her energy into a top selling year. Perry also released her own docu-style feature film called Katy Perry: Part Of Me, which brought in close to $32 million at the worldwide box office.
Bill Werde, editorial director at Billboard, explained the reasoning behind naming Katy Perry the magazine’s Woman of the Year since Perry is “one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry.”
Katy Perry has had five #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. What makes the accomplishment even more impressive is that all five singles, including “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”,”Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, and “Part of Me” were all from the same album.
Katy Perry will receive the award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event in New York on November 30, 2012.