Also Credited As:Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
|Actor, Producer, Music|
|Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, USA|
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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on Oct. 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, CA. She was the middle child of two devout Christian ministers who maintained a strict household that did not allow music other than gospel standards. But singing was always Perry's passion. When she was nine, the future star made a "vision board" for school and chose a photo of the late Latin pop singer Selena winning a Grammy award as her inspiration. She sang anywhere there was a stage - church, restaurants, and family functions. In her teens, Perry spent time in Nashville and worked with seasoned country musicians, including legendary producer and songwriter Glen Ballard. At 16, Perry released a Christian pop album as "Katy Hudson," but the album barely sold 100 copies. A second attempt at releasing an album with the production team, The Matrix, failed in 2004. In 2007, Perry's hard work and persistence finally paid off with a recording contract with Capitol Records. That fall, Perry released the single "Ur So Gay," which earned rave reviews including one from pop icon Madonna, who reportedly called Perry's single her favorite song.
Shedding her Christian music roots and good-girl image, Perry zoomed to the top of the charts with the critically acclaimed album One of the Boys, featuring the single "I Kissed a Girl." The song's provocative, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and catchy beat helped land the single the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven straight weeks. The video for the ubiquitous pop single was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards (2008), including a Best New Artist award for the talented singer, and a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her follow-up single, "Hot-N-Cold," was also a No. 1 hit, selling more than three million digital tracks. When the single's hilarious music video - which featured the spunky singer as a jilted bride - was spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), it was made official that the colorful Perry was a bona fide music superstar. Perry's music videos also launched the raven-haired pop star as fashion's newest "It" girl. Whether vamping it up for magazine covers or walking the red carpet, Perry's quirky style - 1940s pin-up girl-meets-rocker chic - always made an impression.
Meanwhile, Perry's sweet-yet-sultry appeal also caught the eye of several musicians who Perry reportedly dated, including Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, and operatic-pop singer Josh Groban. But it was her relationship with ribald British comic Russell Brand that caused the most buzz. Perry first met the comedic actor in summer 2009 while filming a cameo for the feature comedy, "Get Him to the Greek" (2010) starring Brand. The couple then reunited at the "MTV Video Music Awards 2009" (2009) where while hosting the program, Brand joked about having a crush on Perry, who was one of the performers. In January 2010, the couple announced their engagement after a four-month courtship, with Perry's BFF, fellow music star Rihanna, already planning the bachelorette party. That same year, Perry teamed up with rap star Snoop Dogg on the smash hit single "California Gurls" from her forthcoming album Teenage Dream. The fun, fanciful single - complete with an Auto-Tuned Perry and Snoop trading quips about the glories of the Golden Coast - became the jam of the summer, making Perry the pop princess of the year. At the same time "California Gurls" was planted at the top of the charts, Perry donned a series of silly costumes and hosted the Teen Choice Awards. In 2011, she made her film debut as the voice of Smurfette in the animated movie "The Smurfs," based on the popular comic series and children's television show of the 1980s. The following year, she was featured in the 3D musical documentary, "Katy Perry: Part of Me" (2012), a lavish behind-the-scenes look at her 2011 tour that had high expectations, but wound up performing below expectations. Meanwhile, her personal life took a high-profile hit when Brand filed for divorce in late 2011 following 14 months of marriage, which became effective in July 2012 after the mandatory six month waiting period. Perry quickly began dating musician John Mayer, but their on-again, off-again relationship ended in February 2014.