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katy perryKnown for her red hot hits "California Gurls," "Firework, "Teenage Dream" and recent hits including "Roar", singer Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California.

Raised by in a very religious household by Christian pastor parents, Perry grew up surrounded by gospel music and sang in her local church. After earning a GED during her first year of high school, she began to pursue a career in music.

Not an overnight success by any means, Perry released an early album under the name Katy Hudson in 2001, and later recorded songs under several record labels that were never released.

After adopting the stage name Katy Perry, she signed with Capitol Music Group in 2007, and released her first Internet single "Ur So Gay", which gave the struggling artist her first measure of fame around the web. International fame came a year later with her second single, "I Kissed a Girl" which skyrocketed onto the international charts to finally put Katy Perry's career and formidable talent on the map.

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At the MTV VMA's in 2011

Her first bona-fide studio album, One of the Boys, was released shortly after and went platinum, earning Perry two Grammy Award nominations. The following year, Perry rose to mega-stardom with another collection of hits under the album title Teenage Dream, spawning such No. 1 hits as "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" earning her six Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

Offstage, Perry has been romantically linked to Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen, and British actor and comedian, Russel Brand. Perry later made headlines in 2010 when she married Brand in a Hindu ceremony in India.

For a short year, they became one of the most photographed "power couples" in show business before announcing their separation in late 2011 and divorce in 2012. Without a prenup agreement, Brand stood to gain from Perry's $44 million fortune, but chose to split their assets and walk away from the marriage amicably.

For her part, Perry reportedly signed the divorce papers with a flourish, adding a smiley face to her signature as the divorce was finalized in February 2012. However, days later she debuted her new single, "A Part of Me" with a live performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards which included the lyrics which took direct aim at her ex with... "Look at me/ I'm sparkling/ You will never put me out again/ So you can keep the diamond ring/ It don't mean nothing anyway."

Perry's next album, "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection", was released in 2012 with new songs as well as remixes of past hits. That summer, Perry also starred in a 3D movie entitled "Katy Perry: Part of Me", a concert documentary illustrating Perry's life on and off the stage.

In 2013, the singer released "Roar", the first cut off her new album, "Prism", which dropped in October.

In 2015, Perry's performance at the 2015 Super Bowl attracted 118.5 million viewers in the United States, becoming the most watched and highest rated half-time show in the game's history. 

More about Katy Perry around the Web:


Katy - The official site, featuring a complete biography, photos & videos, concert tour and personal appearance schedule, online fan forum.

Katy Perry - Wikipedia - Detailed biography, pictures, and career highlights with related references and resources.

Katy Perry - MTV - News and updates, photos, videos, tour date schedule.

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