Katy Perry racks up #1 year-end rankings and rakes in awards

As 2014 comes to a close, Katy Perry is #1 across a multitude of platforms. She’s the #1 female artist on Spotify globally with 651 million artist streams. The official video for “Dark Horse” (feat. Juicy J.) is #1 on YouTube’s Top Trending Music Videos of 2014 global playlist, dominating the competition with more than 715 million views since its February 2014 premiere. The clip was also the most viewed on VEVO worldwide in 2014. Perry led VEVO’s fan-voted Hot This Year 2014 awards with wins in four categories: “Dark Horse” took top honors for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Certified Video while “Birthday” was named Best Lyric Video.

At radio, Perry is the only artist to win the coveted #1 Most Played artist honors at three different formats in 2014: Top 40, Hot AC and AC, according to Mediabase, which also reports that “Dark Horse” was the #1 Most Played song at Top 40 radio.

The global superstar has been tapped to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show airing worldwide on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Her quadruple Platinum album Prism (Capitol Records) – which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October 2013 and has hit No. 1 on iTunes in more than 100 countries – is nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Album while the 8x multi-Platinum single “Dark Horse” (feat. Juicy J) is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

She recently won three American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Single of the Year for “Dark Horse.” The official video for “Dark Horse” won the 2014 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, and was named Best Video at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. Perry also took home the award for Best Look from the ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland.”Roar,” another No. 1 single from Prism, took Favorite Song and Favorite Music Video honors at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.

The RIAA celebrated Perry as the Top Certified Digital Artist Ever. She is the only act to surpass 75 million certifications in the Gold & Platinum Digital Program – a tally that is over 20 million more than that of the No. 2 artist. She was also named Top Female Artist and Top Digital Songs Artist at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Perry is still the most followed person in the world on Twitter, recently topping 60 million followers.

Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour continues to be a hugely successful global spectacle, with 17 sold out arenas in the UK, 66 sold out arenas in North America and 25 sold out arenas in Australia/New Zealand in 2014. Her final two shows of 2014 – December 12th and 13th in Sydney, Australia – will be filmed for an upcoming concert movie. The tour continues in 2015 throughout Europe, Asia and South America where Perry will headline Rock In Rio in Brazil on September 25th.

Breakdown of 2014 accolades:

  • #1 Female Artist On Spotify Globally
  • #1 On YouTube’s Global List Of Top Trending Music Videos Of 2014
  • Most Viewed Video On VEVO Worldwide
  • #1 Most Played Artist At Top 40, Hot AC And AC Radio
  • #1 Top 40 Song
  • Three American Music Awards
  • Four VEVO Hot This Year Awards
  • And Still #MostFollowedOnEarth On Twitter

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.