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Katy Perry

Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in California on October 25, 1984 to born-again Christians, both of whom are Pentecostal pastors. Perry had an extremely religious upbringing, and was forbidden from listening to secular music.

Not surprisingly, she began singing in her parents’ church. After getting vocal lessons as a child and being gifted her first guitar at age 13, Perry left high school as a freshman to pursue a music career. She scored a gospel record deal and released her debut album, “Katy Hudson,” as a Christian artist in 2001.

But the album sold virtually no copies and the label folded, leading Perry to explore secular avenues. She moved to Los Angeles at 17, and took on her now-famous stage name. She was briefly signed to Island Def Jam and Columbia Records before having minor success as a backup singer in the mid-2000s.

Perry’s breakthrough came in 2007, when she was signed to Capitol Records. “One of the Boys,” her second album, was released in 2008 with the smash single “I Kissed A Girl,” and the songs “Hot N Cold” and “Waking Up In Vegas.” Perry’s hugely successful third album, “Teenage Dream,” came in 2009, with the song of the same name, as well as “California Gurls” and “Firework,” which has gone on to become one of her most signature songs.

The album went to number one, further helped by the songs “The One That Got Away,” “Last Friday Night,” and “E.T.” In fact, the record was such a win for Perry and her label that it was re-released in 2012 as “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection,” along with the new singles “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake.”

As Perry toured the world, she expanded her brand to include fragrances and a role in the animated movie “The Smurfs,” a part she reprised in the sequel. She also filmed a concert documentary called “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” which came out in 2012. Her fourth album, “Prism,” was released the following year. The lead single, “Roar,” became a huge anthem, and the record also included the tracks “Unconditionally” and “Dark Horse.”

Perry spent 2014 once again touring, and kicked off 2015 with a performance at the Super Bowl, where she was the halftime show headliner alongside Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. Despite all her success, she has yet to win a Grammy Award, though she been nominated 10 times throughout her career, including in two categories at the 2015 ceremony.

As Perry rose to fame, she dated singer-rapper Travie McCoy, but they split in 2008. She began dating Russell Brand in 2009, and got engaged just a few months later. The couple wed in India in 2010, but separated after a little more than a year of marriage, the fallout of which was seen in Perry’s concert film. Since Brand, Perry has had an on-and-off relationship with John Mayer, with whom she released the duet, ”Who You Love,” in 2013.

Demi Lovato: I Did NOT Copy Katy Perry — “Cool For The Summer” Sounds “Nothing” Like “I Kissed A Girl” (LISTEN HERE)

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Demi Lovato is denying she copied Katy Perry with her new single, “Cool For The Summer.” Listen here, and tell us what YOU think.

Selena Gomez Did NOT Call Katy Perry To Discuss Dissing Her In Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Video — LISTEN HERE!

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Selena Gomez did NOT call Katy Perry to make sure she wasn’t mad about getting dissed in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, despite reports claiming such a phone conversation took place. Listen to Gomez give the REAL story here!

One Direction, Taylor Swift And Katy Perry Among Forbes’ Highest Paid Celebrities — SEE 2015 TOP 10 LIST HERE!

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One Direction, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are just a few of the names to make Forbes’ 2015 list of the “Highest-Paid Celebrities.” Check out the Top 10 here!

Katy Perry Tells Forbes: “I Am Proud Of My Position As A Boss”

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Katy Perry isn’t shy about making money. The pop star graces the cover of the new issue of Forbes, which has named her the third highest-paid celebrity for its 2015 list. She’s only runner-up to Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, whose salaries for their boxing match earlier this year propelled them to the top of the chart. And in her cover story, Perry explains her no-holds-barred approach to her career.

Taylor Swift Fans Boo Katy Perry At ‘1989’ Singer’s London Concert – WATCH VIDEO

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Taylor Swift Fans Boo Katy Perry

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Katy Perry got booed by Taylor Swift fans before the 1989 singer took to the stage at Hyde Park in London on Saturday. As fans waited for the concert to start, there was a commercial on a monitor that featured both Swift, who was cheered, and Perry, who was booed. Watch the video here.

Beyonce, Miley Cyrus To Star In “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video — SEE PHOTO!

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Madonna officially announced the cast for her highly-anticipated “Bitch I’m Madonna” music video, and it’s filled with big names. Get the full list here!

Katy Perry Goes Nearly Naked In New Moschino Ads — SEE PHOTOS!

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Katy Perry is the new face of Moschino, and throughout Monday she’s unveiling five new photos of herself wearing the fashion house’s clothes and accessories. The outfits are pretty wild. See the photos here!

Katy Perry And John Mayer Go On Disneyland Date (PHOTO)

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Katy Perry and John Mayer spent part of their Memorial Day weekend in Disneyland, seemingly proving the pair is dating again. Fans snapped photos of the singers walking around the theme park, and shared the images on social media. See photo here!

Katy Perry: I Haven’t Talked To Russell Brand Since He Texted Me Asking For Divorce

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Katy Perry admits in a new interview that she hasn’t talked to Russell Brand since he sent her a text message saying he was divorcing her.

Katy Perry Defends The Kardashians: They Are “Completely Valid” – WATCH VIDEO!

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Katy Perry says the Kardashian family’s contributions to pop culture are “completely valid.” Watch here.

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