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Katy Perry is the woman of the year, according to Billboard

Katy Perry: Billboard's woman. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

Billboard magazine has decided that Katy Perry is the woman of the year.

As such, the California Gurl will be celebrated at the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, to be held in November. “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,” Billboard editorial director Bill Werde explained in a statement that sounded completely natural and not at all written by a PR person.

Snarkery aside, Perry is a legitimate artist for a popularity-tracking media outlet to honor. After all, in the past year, she landed at No. 8 on Forbes’s Celebrity 100 list, having pocketed $45 million between May of 2011 and May of 2012. She teamed up with The Sims. And “Katy Perry: Part of Me,”her 3-D movie, did respectable if not amazing box office business. At bare minimum, it charmed the heck out of Jane Fonda.

But by comparison to, say, 2011, 2012 has not been quite as strong for Perry, who in recent months finalized her divorce from Russell Brand, was confronted with indecency charges in India and, most alarmingly of all, has been in an on/off/possibly on-again relationship with John Mayer.

Another thing Perry did in recent months? Debuted her single “Wide Awake” during a performance at May’s Billboard Music Awards.

Ohhhhhhh. Now this all makes sense.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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