Katy Debuts 'Wide Awake' With Acrobatic Performance
As the second single from her "Teenage Dream" re-issue, "Wide Awake" is a meditation on Perry's failed marriage to Russell Brand; "Falling from cloud nine, crashing from the high," she sings on the chorus of the track. The pop star wanted to debut the song in the flashiest way imaginable, and she got her chance at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, where she unveiled the track alongside a handful of aerialists and swinging over the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "Wide Awake," which was written for her 3D film "Part of Me," ended up peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100, and has sold 2.6 million downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Katy Shares Her Story in 'Part of Me' Film
Following in the footsteps of pop singers like the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber, Perry decided to share her backstory through a big-budget 3D film. "Katy Perry: Part of Me," released in July 2012, demonstrated Perry's transition from a struggling gospel singer to the lovable superstar she is today, while mixing in footage from her blockbuster California Dreams tour. The film has since grossed over $30 million since its Fourth of July weekend release, and gave fans the opportunity to see the real Katy as she takes a breather in between musical projects.
Katy Perry: Billboard's Woman of the Year
From packed concerts to memorable awards performances to a multiplex takeover to even more smash singles, Perry enjoyed another unforgettable year in 2012, and in September, she was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. This year's event will be taking place on Friday, Nov, 30 at the Capitale in New York. "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," Bill Werde, Billboard's editorial director, says. "We are thrilled to celebrate these incredible achievements and her amazing past 12 months by honoring 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."