Katy Perry must be feeling pretty humbled and proud and grateful and honored and every other adjective a celebrity feels during any award’s acceptance speech.
Billboard announced today that the 27-year-old “Wide Awake” singer-songwriter is being named its “2012 Woman of the Year,” an award that “honors the achievements of a trailblazing female recording artist over the past 12 months and acknowledges her overall success in the music business and her leadership in embracing the changing industry.”
Katy’s been a viable presence on the charts since she first broke onto the mainstream music scene with “I Kissed a Girl,” a gender-bending single no less, which makes her choice as this year’s top “Woman” that much more awesome.
Her sophomore album Teenage Dream set the charts a fire with five Billboard Hot 100 #1s—a first for an album by a female artist—spending over 100 weeks in the Billboard 200. She also set a record for nine #1s on the Pop Song chart, seven on the Adult Pop Songs chart, and ten on Dance/Club Play songs.
Her concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me in 3-D is the fourth biggest music doc of all time, sold out 124 arenas in the process of that tour, “California Dreams,” and performed a hit song while spinning in a web and suspended in the air (see video below). Congrats, Katy!
She’ll accept the award on November 30 in NYC at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music Event. It’s the event’s seventh year, where Katy joins the ranks of other female honorees like Taylor Swift, Fergie, and (duh) Beyonce.