Katy Perry named Billboard`s Woman of the Year

New York: Pop star Katy Perry has been chosen as Billboard`s Woman of the Year for her international success in the charts and overcoming personal heartache.

The `Teenage Dream` hitmaker, who has overcome heartbreak after divorcing comedian Russell Brand in January and turned into a successful entrepreneur, feels honoured to have been granted the coveted award and is proud to be regarded as a strong, independent woman as well as recognised for her musical talent, reported the Huffington Post.

"When I heard, I was very honoured. I was also a bit surprised because I thought my year was over! Especially with ending the tour last year, but it`s nice to see that it`s been extended. It does feel like this record has never ended!

"It`s nice, I really appreciate it. I like to be viewed as a strong woman and I think that`s what Billboard is basically saying," she said.

The 28-year-old singer-actress has had a mammoth year, completing a 12-month, 124-date tour in 2011 as well as releasing her first 3D fly-on-the-wall concert movie `Katy Perry: Part Of Me`.