On Monday (November 19) Forbes released its annual list of the highest paid women in music, and the winner may shock you. Katy Perry took home the honor, earning $83 million pretax between June of 2017 and June of 2018. The pop star's earnings mainly came from her 80-date Witness tour, where she grossed over $1 million per night; however, her role as a judge on the American Idol reboot also put around $20 million into her bank account. The 34-year-old also took the top spot in 2015.

Those who are surprised Taylor Swift didn't top the list, here's why: most of her Reputation tour dates weren't within the scoring period. She did come in second place, earning $80 million, and has a strong possibility of landing at No. 1 next year.

Beyonce, who was last year's winner with a staggering $105 million in pretax earnings, came in third place, pulling in $60 million. P!nk and Lady Gaga rounded out the top five, earning $52 and 50 million, respectively.

Take a look at the full list below.

1. Katy Perry ($83 million)

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

3. Beyoncé ($60 million)

4. Pink ($52 million)

5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)

7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)

8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)

9. Celine Dion ($31 million)

10. Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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