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Also Known As: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson Died:
Born: October 25, 1984 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa BarbaraUSA Profession:

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Katy Perry became every hot-blooded maleâ¿¿s fantasy come true when she cooed "I Kissed a Girl" (2008), her cheeky pop single that launched the singer-songwriter â¿¿ who possessed a playful, sexy style that was slightly reminiscent of a Vargas Girl pin-up with a rockerâ¿¿s edge â¿¿ into stardom. Perryâ¿¿s full-throated voice and feisty personality imbued her debut album, One of the Boys (2008), a witty, pop/rock album filled with sassy, confessional songs about erratic exes, wild and crazy road trips, and bouts of identity crisis. With her signature red lips and always-perfect ringlets, Perry exuded the perfect blend of sexy and innocent, rocking her own personal style punctuated by retro rompers, short and strapless dresses, killer heels, and neon accessories with a fruit motif. Aside from her music and distinct look, Perryâ¿¿s romantic relationships also made headlines. In January 2010, Perry caused quite a sensation with her engagement to British comedian Russell Brand less than four months after the couple started dating, a relationship that ended in divorce two years later. Also in 2010, she burned the airwaves again with the single "California Gurls," a pop-rock gem that again showcased...

Katy Perry became every hot-blooded maleâ¿¿s fantasy come true when she cooed "I Kissed a Girl" (2008), her cheeky pop single that launched the singer-songwriter â¿¿ who possessed a playful, sexy style that was slightly reminiscent of a Vargas Girl pin-up with a rockerâ¿¿s edge â¿¿ into stardom. Perryâ¿¿s full-throated voice and feisty personality imbued her debut album, One of the Boys (2008), a witty, pop/rock album filled with sassy, confessional songs about erratic exes, wild and crazy road trips, and bouts of identity crisis. With her signature red lips and always-perfect ringlets, Perry exuded the perfect blend of sexy and innocent, rocking her own personal style punctuated by retro rompers, short and strapless dresses, killer heels, and neon accessories with a fruit motif. Aside from her music and distinct look, Perryâ¿¿s romantic relationships also made headlines. In January 2010, Perry caused quite a sensation with her engagement to British comedian Russell Brand less than four months after the couple started dating, a relationship that ended in divorce two years later. Also in 2010, she burned the airwaves again with the single "California Gurls," a pop-rock gem that again showcased Perryâ¿¿s infectious beats and confident lyrics. Although headlines about her personal life remained a constant throughout her career, Katy Perry's original, infectious talent made sure her music always remained more important.

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on October 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 Perryâ¿¿s passion. When she was nine, the future star made a "vision board" for school and chose a photo of the Latin pop singer Selena winning a Grammy award as her inspiration. She sang anywhere there was a stage, including church, restaurants, and family functions. In her teens, Perry spent time in Nashville and worked with seasoned musicians, including legendary producer and songwriter Glen Ballard. At 16, Perry released the Christian pop album Katy Hudson, but the album barely sold 100 copies. A second attempt at releasing an album with then-hot production team The Matrix failed in 2004. In 2007, Perryâ¿¿s hard work and persistence finally paid off with a recording contract with Capitol Records. That fall, Perry released her debut single "Ur So Gay," which earned rave reviews including one from pop icon Madonna, who reportedly called Perryâ¿¿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 songâ¿¿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 in 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 singleâ¿¿s hilarious music video â¿¿ which featured the spunky singer as a jilted bride â¿¿ was spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), it was made official that the colorful Perry was a bona fide music superstar. Perryâ¿¿s music videos also launched the raven-haired pop star as fashionâ¿¿s newest "It" girl. Whether vamping it up for magazine covers or walking the red carpet, Perryâ¿¿s quirky style â¿¿ 1940s pin-up girl-meets-rocker chic â¿¿ always made an impression.

Meanwhile, Perryâ¿¿s sweet-yet-sultry appeal also caught the eye of several musicians who Perry reportedly dated, including Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. 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 Brand's feature comedy "Get Him to the Greek" (2010). The couple then reunited at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when 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 Perryâ¿¿s 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 â¿¿ complete with an Auto-Tuned Perry and Snoop trading quips about the glories of the Golden Coast â¿¿ became the jam of the summer, making Perry the pop princess of the year. The inspirational follow-up single "Firework" did even better, selling over 9 million copies in the United States alone.

During this era, Perry continued her work as an actress, appearing twice on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) and guest starring on episodes of "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989- ), "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), and "Raising Hope" (Fox 2010-14), a sitcom co-starring one of Perry's closest friends, actress Shannon Woodward. 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 childrenâ¿¿s television show of the 1980s; she reprised the role in "The Smurfs 2" (2013). The following year, she was featured in the 3D musical documentary, "Katy Perry: Part of Me" (2012), a lavish behind-the-scenes film chronicling her 2011 tour that 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. For her third album, 2013's Prism, Perry toned down the more cartoonish elements of her colorful persona in favor of a more realistic, relatable image. The album featured a pair of number one singles, "Roar" and "Dark Horse." In 2015, Perry starred in the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX, performing a medley of her hits with guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.

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 Smurfs, The (2011)
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2001:
Released a self-titled Christian pop album under her real name, Katy Hudson
2008:
Released critically acclaimed mainstream debut album <i>One of the Boys</i>
2009:
"I Kissed A Girl" nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
2010:
Released sophomore album <i>Teenage Dream</i>, featuring the No. 1 single "California Girls"
2011:
Feature film debut, voicing the character of Smurfette in "The Smurfs"
2011:
Guest starred on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
2012:
Starred in the musical documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me"
2013:
Released her third album, <i>Prism</i>, featuring the hit singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse"
2015:
Performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl LXIX in Glendale, AZ, with special guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott
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