The singer, who didn't attend, won five awards, one more than Harry Potter

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 12, 2012 05:30 AM
Credit: Fame

Despite not appearing at Wednesday’s 38th annual People’s Choice Awards, Katy Perry was the big winner of the night.

Perry, whose 14-month marriage to Russell Brand ended last month, was honored in five categories, as favorite female artist, tour headliner and for song of the year for “ET” with Kanye West, music video for “Last Friday Night” and TV guest star for How I Met Your Mother.

Nevertheless, the singer Tweeted her gratitude to her fans, writing, “THANK U to every1 who voted for me for the @peopleschoice tonight! We won so many! Now I need to get more books 2 successfully display them!”

The biggest ovation at the event, which was broadcast on CBS, went to Betty White, who is celebrating her 90th birthday. On stage with her costars from the best cable comedy show winner Hot in Cleveland, she modestly told the crowd, “I haven’t done anything.”

Among the other winners in the 43 categories, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took four awards – favorite movie, action movie, book adaptation and ensemble movie cast, although no stars from the film attended.

Other honorees included Ellen DeGeneres, Lea Michele and Demi Lovato, as well as favorite movie actress and actor Emma Stone and Johnny Depp.

For a complete list of winners, click here.