Katy Perry’s Big Year: Rainbow Hues, Heartbreak And New Billboard Title

MTV News reflects on singer's jam-packed 2012 and her way to being Billboard's Woman of the Year.

Billboard has named Katy Perry its Woman of the Year — capping off an impressive 2012 for the singer. And given how much she’s been able to accomplish over the past year, it’s unsurprising that the colorful pop musician has nabbed the coveted top spot as reigning diva supreme.

It’s been a dizzying year for Perry, who has made headlines for her music, her 3-D movie and, of course, her ever-changing hair, which has been every shade of the rainbow. So, before Perry hits up the Billboard Woman of the Year ceremony in New York City in November, MTV News is taking a look back at Perry’s extraordinary year.

The Sounds
Riding off the success of her Teenage Dream release, Perry repackaged the album as Complete Confection and gave fans several new tracks, including the feisty kiss-off “Part of Me” and the dreamy breakup ballad, “Wide Awake.” Not only would they prove as successful songs for the singer, but also would later earn her several VMA nods at this year’s ceremony.

“I had the idea to do a reissue, like that one last ‘wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am.’ Like, ‘Here’s Teenage Dream, if you’re on the edge of being a fan.’ … It’s for that last push of, like, ‘Jump in with me. Why not? You’ve already bought five songs, so you might as well complete your album!’ … But really, why I did it was because I know my fans always want more, so it’s for the die-hard fan to have a nice, complete package,” she explained about why she wanted to drop it.

The Sights
In “Part of Me,” her 3-D concert documentary, Perry shared with her fans not only her hugely successful California Dreams Tour (which wrapped up at the top of this year), but also some of her recent struggles, including her divorce from comedian Russell Brand . It was an in-depth look at the superstar that celebrated the many facets that make her who she is.

“The truth will always prevail,” Perry explained earlier this year. “Everything has to be handled with integrity and appropriately, and it’s not nice to air all your dirty laundry, because that stinks, so I had to be very delicate with the situation, but I couldn’t avoid the elephant in the room,” she explained. “If you were to have seen that movie and walked out and [my breakup] wasn’t at all mentioned like it never happened, you’d be like, ‘Eh, this is weird, what is she trying to hide?’ I don’t like to hide.”

That Hair
Sure, her career is what’s earning her all the accolades, but every time Katy walked out of the house, sporting a new ‘do, it was news. She’s rocked blue, purple, multi-hued, and even her signature jet black hair over the course of the year.

And, her hair colorist, Rita Hazan, explained that it’s just in Perry’s DNA to always want to try out new hair styles . “The thing with Katy, she has a feeling, she follows her gut, her instinct and she’s very fashion, she’s trendy, but that’s really naturally who she is,” Hazan said. “She doesn’t try to do anything, she just does it and it works for her and I think because she’s such an iconic girl, people just want to copy and do whatever she does.”

Right now Katy is settled on her dark hair and her darker, more goth-leaning look . “I personally like where it is right now, kind of in the darker world and rock and roll,” stylist Johnny Wujek admitted. “She’s so rock and roll, she’s got her guitar; she’s always had that undertone, so I think it’ll probably go in this direction.”

What’s Next?
It seems that for the time being Perry doesn’t have much planned. In fact, she shared over the summer that she really just wanted to take some time off and chill out for a while . And, given everything she was up to, no one can blame her.

“I’m gonna unplug, take my hair extensions out, feel my head again. I’m gonna unplug and recharge, if that makes any sense,” she said. “I’m gonna go away. I’m sure you know it’s time for me to go the f— away.”

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