The past year has been rocky for Katy Perry‘s personal life, but it’s been fantastic for her career.
Billboard magazine will honor the “California Gurl’s” achievements this November at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event by handing Perry the Billboard Woman of the Year award.
As Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde, points out, it hasn’t yet been five years since Perry came barreling into the music industry, but in that short time she’s established herself as a pop force to be reckoned with.
Seven of her singles have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and she set a record with nine of her singles going No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart. She was the first female artist to have five No. 1 songs from a single album – 2010’s “Teenage Dream” – and went on to sell 2.5 million copies of that disc.
“With what seems like a never-ending supply of record-breaking, chart-topping hits, coupled with her unique and fresh style, Katy Perry is hands-down one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry today,” Werde said.
Billboard’s Women in Music event will be held November 30 in New York City.