Katy Perry has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year.
The "Firework" singer was hailed as "one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry" by the publication's editorial director as he announced her selection, which sees Katy follow in the footsteps of stars including Taylor Swift, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce Knowles.
"Katy Perry broke into the industry not even five years ago, and has already accomplished more than most artists can hope for in an entire career. We are thrilled to celebrate these incredible achievements and her amazing past 12 months by presenting her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award. 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," said Billboard's Bill Werde.
The annual event, now in its seventh year, celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business, coinciding with the publication of Billboard's Women in Music Power Players list. This year's event will take place in New York City on November 30 where Katy will receive her award.
Taylor Swift dived into the crowd during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The 22-year-old singer closed the ceremony last night with a performance of her new single "We Are Never Getting Back Together," for which she was joined by a troupe of dancers in brightly-colored casual outfits and sunglasses. Taylor - who arrived at the ceremony in a white tuxedo but switched to a red and white striped T-shirt, tiny denim shorts and red brogues for her performance - began by singing into a mock studio before stepping out onto the stage for a high energy routine, which she finished with her leap into the audience.
One Direction was the big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. The X Factor 2010 contestants scooped up three prizes at the ceremony in Los Angeles, California.
Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan won Most Share-Worthy Video, and Best Pop Video for their track "What Makes You Beautiful" and Best New Artist. The boys dedicated their Best Pop Video gong to their fans and joked about their clumsy ways after a mishap. "This one's for our fans, you're amazing. This one's for you," Niall told the audience. Liam joked, "We've had this award two seconds and we've already broken it."
Carly Rae Jepsen thinks her VMA nomination is "crazy."
The "Call Me Maybe" singer is stunned at how much her life has changed since her sudden rise to fame and says discovering she was up for the Best New Artist award at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards was the most surreal feeling ever.
"I have to pinch myself. I mean, a year ago I was touring Canada in a soccer mom van, and all of the sudden, my life's just taken off in a completely different direction. Moments like that just let it really sink in. It's crazy," Carly, 26, told MTV News.
The Canadian starlet thinks even being considered for the title is an honor because of the stiff competition from international acts One Direction with their chart-topping tune "What Makes You Beautiful," Frank Ocean with "Swim Good," The Wanted with "Glad You Came" and Fun with "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae.
Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson were among the nominees unveiled for this year's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.
Five categories - Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year - were announced live on Good Morning America this morning by Jason Aldean, with the singer finding himself in the running for two awards.
Taylor and Kelly will battle it out with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood in the Female Vocalist category, while the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" singer is also in the running for Entertainer of the Year. For that prize, she faces competition from Jason, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.
Jason and Blake are also up for Male Vocalist of the Year alongside Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band are shortlisted for Vocal Group of the Year.
MTV VMAs host Kevin Hart has threatened to put a seatbelt on Kanye West so he doesn't storm the stage again on Thursday.
The rapper caused controversy at the Video Music Awards in 2009 when he interrupted Taylor Swift's speech, after she won the award for Best Female Video, to insist Beyonce Knowles should have won and Kevin is taking no chances this year.
"What we did this year was we banned the artists who could embarrass themselves. With Kanye we've got a seatbelt for his seat that he can't get out of, little things that they never thought of in the past to make sure it all goes ok this year. No, actually I hope someone does something stupid though, that's what it's all about. We need stuff to talk about the next day. It's the MTV VMAs. This is where all the stupid stuff can happen and should happen," he joked.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will both appear at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Twilight Saga co-stars and former off-screen couple had been due to present an award together at the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, but after Kristen cheated on Robert, their presence was put in doubt. However, MTV VMA host Kevin Hart believes both will still attend in order to promote the final movie in the vampire series The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
"From what I understand they're both still gonna be here. I'm not really up to speed on the whole soap opera that's been going on between them. I know they've got a movie to promote. Twilight's coming out so it makes sense for them to show up at the VMAs if you ask me. [Although] I don't really care," Hart said.
Kristen Stewart has pulled out of a TV awards ceremony she was due to host with her ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson.
The Twilight duo was lined up to appear as presenters at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles next month. But Kristen, 22, is now heading to the Toronto International Film Festival to promote her movie On The Road instead.
Their appearance would have been the first time they have been seen together in public since her fling with married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, 41, was revealed.
Insiders say 26-year-old Robert will now attend the show alone.
"Bosses were hoping that Kristen and Robert would be surprise guests before this scandal blew up. The idea was for them to jointly present awards...but that has been changed," an awards source said.
Green Day will perform their new single at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
The band - made up of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and TrÃ© Cool - will give the first televised performance of "Oh Love," from their new album trilogy, Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, at Los Angeles' Staples Center on September 7.
"We're excited to perform on this year's MTV Video Music Awards. MTV has continuously supported us during our career, and we can't think of a better place to play our first TV performance for the albums," Billie Joe said.
The band have previously said they don't know if releasing three new albums between September and January is a good idea or not. "This could possibly be the greatest idea we've ever had or it could possibly be the dumbest idea we've ever had. And that's really exciting to think about. We don't have a f**king clue what we're doing as far as the future is concerned. And it's kind of exciting to think of it that way," Billie Joe said.
Pink will perform a new song at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The "So What" hitmaker has been added to the line-up of guest performers which also includes Alicia Keys and One Direction and will debut a track from her forthcoming sixth album "The Truth About Love."
Pink says performing at the awards is "extra special" as she was banned from watching music channels when she was younger. "Being a part of the VMAs for me is extra special because my mom never let me used to watch MTV as a little girl. I would watch it anyway but she would also try and ground me but then I would just sneak out my window and go to someone's house that had MTV. So to be on MTV is quite ironic," she said.
This will mark the third time Pink has performed at the awards and she says it is a ceremony she always enjoys: "It's always one of the more enjoyable shows because it's relaxed and it's kind of rock 'n' roll and unpredictable and everyone is having a good time."
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards take place at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Thursday, September 6.
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