Celebrity of the Year Finalist #6: Katy Perry!

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In a little over two weeks, 2012 will be upon us.

In our 5th Annual Celebrity of the Year countdown, THG gears up for the new year by revisiting the celebs that made us laugh, cry and cringe throughout a great 2011.

The rankings began with Lindsay Lohan #10, Jennifer Lopez #9, Selena Gomez #8, with viral video stars landing in the #7 spot. Today, we present COTY finalist #6 ...

Miss Katy Perry!

Katy Perry Motivational Poster

It was a good year to be Katy Perry.

After marrying Russell Brand in late 2010, the already popular pop star had a mammoth 2011. She's become an interview circuit and award show staple. She hosted SNL. She's performed everywhere and worn everything imaginable.

Katy's latest hit from her album Teenage Dream, "The One That Got Away," sits at #4 on the Billboard charts. The record's previous five singles all reached the #1 slot.

Only she and Michael Jackson have achieved that many #1s from a single album, and only she, Janet Jackson and George Michael have six top fives from one record.

Say what you will about her, that's impressive right there.

It's the kind of run - coupled with her naughty but nice image and effort to engage with fans - that has made her one of the biggest names in pop today, if not ever, and even landed her on Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 list.

Whether she's posting planking pics on Twitter, changing her hair color every other day or putting on wildly entertaining shows, Katy's become a fan favorite.

A daughter of evangelical ministers who sings about kissing girls and menage a trois, and rates herself a 10/10 in bed, she's walking paradox. But a very real girl.

Lending her effervescent personality to her good looks (there are two assets in particular she's not shy about), there's not a lot to dislike about the 27-year-old.

Her songs may not go down in history for their originality or musical brilliance, but every one gets stuck in your head, in no small part because SHE is awesome.

We can only hope 2012 means even bigger, better and bustier things from her. Here's a look at some of our favorite Katy Perry pictures from the past year:

Katy Perry Leans Over
Hot Smurfette
Katy Perry on Rolling Stone Cover
Krazy Katy
Mr. and Mrs. Brand
Hot K.P. Pic
Sexy Katy Perry Pic
Katy Perry Topless Picture
Katy Perry at the VMAs
Katy Perry Without Makeup
Katy Perry Naked
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