Katy Perry named Billboard's woman of the year
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Pop star Katy Perry was named Billboard's Woman of the Year on Tuesday, 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, 27, channelled her split with British comedian Russell Brand in late 2011 into the chart-topping hit Part Of Me and a 3-D behind-the-scenes film 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 bubble gum pop songs.
Forbes placed Perry at No. 3 on their highest-earning female musicians list in December 2011, estimating her pre-tax earnings at US$44 million (S$54 million).