Tuesday December 4, 2012

NEW YORK -- Billboard named Katy Perry its woman of the year, but the pop star thought her year was 2011.

"I felt like my year was last year ... I thought my moment had passed," Perry said in an interview with Jon Stewart at Billboard’s Women in Music event Friday in New York City.

Perry released "Teenage Dream" in 2010, and the double platinum album sparked five No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that spilled over to 2011. She tied the record Michael Jackson set with "Thriller" for most hits from a single album.

She re-released the album this year, which launched two more hits and a top-grossing 3-D film.

"I don’t really like to call myself a role model for my fans, but I hope I’m an inspiration, especially for young women," she said when she accepted the honor.

Perry joked about recording a follow-up to "Teenage Dream."

"Have you heard it? I haven’t," the smiling singer said on the red carpet.


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