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Katy Perry Wins Top Billboard Magazine Honour
Pop star Kate Perry has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year after a whirlwind 12 months in which she split up with her husband and turned their break-up into a hit single and film.
The 27-year-old used her split with British comedian Russell Brand in late 2011 to write 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 bubble gum pop songs.
She has sold 48 million tracks in the US alone according to Billboard, including the hits Firework, California Gurls, ET and Hot N Cold.
Perry has also become a branding machine, lending her name to her own perfume, nail polish and false eyelash lines.
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".
"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," he added.
The Billboard Woman of the Year award selects a female artist with trailblazing achievements.
Previous winners include Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.
Perry will receive the award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event in New York on November 30.