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Katy Perry named Woman of the Year

26 September 2012, 10:31

Los Angeles - Pop star Katy Perry was named Billboard's Woman of the Year on Tuesday.

This award comes after a whirlwind 12 months in which she split up with her husband and turned their break-up into a hit single and film.

Perry, channelled her split with British comedian Russell Brand in late 2012 into the chart-topping hit Part Of Me and a 3D behind-the-scenes film entitled Katy Perry: Part Of Me that documented her personal and professional ups and downs.

The singer has won over a legion of fans known as 'Katycats' on Twitter and Facebook with her quirky costumes and catchy bubblegum pop songs.

Sold more than 48 million track

She has sold 48 million tracks in the US alone according to Billboard, including the hits Firework, California Gurls, E.T. and Hot N Cold from her major-label 2008 debut One Of The Boys and 2010 album Teenage Dream.

Perry has also become a branding machine, lending her name to her own fragrance, nail polish and false eyelash lines as well as being the face of skin care line Proactiv and Popchips snacks.

Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde said in a statement that Perry was chosen for her achievements in the past 12 months, calling her "one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry".

'Already accomplished more than most artists'

"Katy Perry broke into the industry not even five years ago, and has already accomplished more than most artists can hope for in an entire career," Werde said.

The Billboard Woman of the Year award selects a female artist with trailblazing achievements. Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.

Perry will receive the award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event in New York on 30 November.

- Reuters


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