Katy Perry Cancels First Post-Divorce Appearance

Perry won't attend People's Choice Awards but tells fans, 'I want to thank u all for voting for me, fingers crossed!'

Just days after [artist id="3274550"]Katy Perry[/artist] [article id="1676905"]broke her silence[/article] for the first time since news of her split from husband Russell Brand, the singer has announced she'll no longer be attending the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the People's Choice Awards," she tweeted on Monday (January 9) about her previously scheduled appearance. "I want to thank u all for voting for me, fingers crossed! #KATYCATS." The singer is up for seven awards at the show, including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Song of the Year for her Kanye West-assisted "E.T."

A week after [article id="1676636"]Brand filed for divorce[/article] from his pop-star wife of 14 months, Perry used the social-networking site to thank her fans for sticking by her during this trying personal time — without directly confirming the split. "I am so grateful for all the love and support I've had from people around the world," she wrote. "You guys have made my heart happy again."

In another tweet, she addressed the tabloid chatter that has been swirling since news of the split hit the Web on December 30. "Concerning the gossip, I want to be clear that NO ONE speaks for me," she said, "Not a blog, magazine, 'close sources' or my family."

Perry's still scheduled to make two appearances on her California Dreams Tour later this month, one on January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and another on January 22 in the Philippines, according to her website. With the PCA appearance canceled, [article id="1676672"]Perry's next awards-show appearance[/article] could take place February 12 at the Grammys, where she's up for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Firework."