After all, it was last year, 2011, that saw Katy launch her successful
California Dreams tour, score a record fifth #1 hit from her album Teenage Dream, and make her movie debut in The Smurfs. But Katy's not complaining. "It's nice to see that it's been extended," she tells
Billboard. "It does feel like this record has never ended."
Katy adds she really respects Billboard magazine as a publication --
and she should, considering how many times she's topped the charts in it -- and says of her honor, "You know, 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!"
At the event, held at New York City's Capitale, Carly Rae
Jepsen will also be honored with Billboard's Rising Star
Award, while country singer Hunter Hayes will be on hand for a