Not only did she take home a Moonman at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video with a Message (for "Skyscraper"), but she also put on one very memorable performance of her chart-topping single, "Give Your Heart a Break." That song has given the singer a lot of firsts. It was the first time she's ever performed at the VMAs and it's the first time she's ever had a song sit at the top of the charts — it's now at #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart.
"The reception for my single is so amazing," she told MTV News. "It's been going up the charts for a while now and right now I actually have my first #1 single, so that's really exciting for me. It means so much to me. I never thought I'd be blessed enough to have this opportunity and here I am.
"It's just so incredible," she added.
And if anyone is looking for an answer as to why this song has been so embraced by the masses, Billy Steinberg, who co-wrote the song with Josh Alexander, recently offered up an explanation to MTV News.
"You know, I just think it took a long time for numerous reasons. I think one, it's not a trendy dance track. It's kind of almost an old-school song with a verse and a chorus and a bridge. It's kind of an old-fashioned song. ... But she does have a devoted following and the fanbase she does have really pushed the song and Hollywood Records did a great job to promote the song. And the fact that it was a great song that was really sung well, it just built up steam. It took time, but it happened."
With a hit single under her belt, fans will next get the chance to see her debut as one of the new judges on the "X Factor." The revamped second season kicks off on September 12 on Fox. She'll sit beside fellow newbie and hitmaker Britney Spears, as well as returning judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.
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