Katy Perry was named Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” and honored at the 2012 annual “Billboard Women in Music” luncheon on Friday, Nov. 30 in New York City.
She told Billboard magazine, “When I heard, I was very honoured. I was also a bit surprised because I thought my year was over! Especially with ending the tour last year, but it’s nice to see that it’s been extended. It does feel like this record has never ended!”
“It’s nice, I really appreciate it. I like to be viewed as a strong woman and I think that’s what Billboard is basically saying.”
She also added, “I don’t really like to call myself a role model for my fans. I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women. My mantra, especially for the ['Part Of Me'] film, was: If you believe in yourself, you can be anything.”
It’s been a successful year for Katy Perry. The “Teenage Dream” singer has had completed a 12-month, 124-date tour in 2011 as well as releasing her first ever concert movie in 3D titled Katy Perry: Part Of Me.
The magazine also named Carly Rae Jepsen as this year’s Rising Star.
Photos from the event
Jepsen described her smash hit “Call Me Maybe” as “sort of the key to unlocking the rest of the world for me” and “something that none of us were expecting.”