Days after it was announced that [article id="1676632"]Katy Perry and Russell Brand[/article] are ending their marriage comes word that the pop star plans to attend next week's [article id="1674020"]People's Choice Awards[/article].
In a Wednesday (January 4) press release, Perry's attendance was announced alongside Ashley Greene, Nina Dobrev, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, to name a few. This will mark Perry's first scheduled appearance since news broke that she and Brand are getting divorced.
The show will take place January 11 in Los Angeles, airing live on CBS. The singer is up for seven awards, including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Song of the Year for "E.T."
Perry hasn't spoken about the split since the [article id="1676636"]holiday announcement[/article]; however, the People's Choice Awards marks the beginning of a [article id="1676672"]slew of expected appearances[/article] from the singer. She's also slated to make two appearances on her California Dreams Tour later this month on January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and another January 22 in the Philippines.
Perry's next awards-show appearance could take place February 12 at the [article id="1675194"]Grammys, where she's up for two awards[/article]: Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Firework."
Brand released a statement at the time of the announcement, saying, "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I will always adore her and I know we'll remain friends." Shortly after the announcement, he was spotted in London and the U.K.'s Mirror reports that when a fan wished him a "Happy New Year," he responded, "Here's hoping it gets happier."
Friends tell People magazine they were "shocked" the kooky twosome split after only a year of marriage. "I was really surprised that Russell filed for divorce so quickly — especially at Christmastime," the source said. "I thought they would be together for a long time. Maybe not forever — but definitely not just 14 months."
The source added that despite the trouble, "They were always laughing. They were very affectionate, always holding hands. They seemed like they were really in love." Another friend hoped that they could have worked through their marital woes. "These aren't people who give up," the second source said. "I always thought they would work on their marriage if they had trouble."