Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known to her fans as Katy Perry, is the performer behind intensely catchy pop anthems like “Hot n Cold,” “California Gurls,” and “Roar.” Over the course of a record-smashing, decade-long career, she’s been pushing envelopes with her lyrics, raising eyebrows with her outfits, and inspiring girl-power all over the world. You’ll want to be “Wide Awake” for her October 25 “Birthday” in order to celebrate the contributions this ferociously talented singer has made to music, fashion, and pop culture.
Key Moments in Katy Perry's Life
- February 1, 2015
A record-breaking Super Bowl halftime show
Perry performed the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX. It was the highest-rated Super Bowl halftime show in history.
- October 23, 2010
Perry's high-profile marriage to comedian and activist Russell Brand ignited a steady stream of headlines before ending in divorce a year later.
- August 24, 2010
"Teenage Dream" album
Perry's"Teenage Dream" would wind up as the only album recorded by a woman to spawn five number-one hits — including "Last Friday Night," "Firework," and the title track.
- April 28, 2008
Perry's first hit single
"I Kissed A Girl," Perry's provocative debut pop single, was released. The first station to pick it up was 107.5 The River in Nashville. The station received constant requests for the song in the following three days. It later spent seven weeks at number one.
- February 8, 2001
Perry's first album
Perry's first record, "Katy Hudson," featured music in a contemporary Christian style. While well-reviewed in Christian magazines, it didn't sell many copies, and remains a collector's item.
How to Celebrate Katy Perry's Birthday
Dance to some Katy Perry songs
Her music inspires you get up and get a groove on. Put on one of her chart-topping albums and have a dance right in your kitchen!
Have a "Katy" fashion show
Perry's known for her distinctively multi-colored wardrobe that owes equal debts to retro Americana and modern club fashion. Raid your local boutiques and see who can come up with the best Katy outfit.
Watch "Part of Me"
Perry's concert documentary"Part of Me" opened in 2012 to rave reviews and brisk business at the box office. Its dazzling concert footage and probing interviews offer a valuable glimpse into the life of a pop icon at the top of her game.
Katy Perry's 5 Most Outrageous Outfits
The Cube Hat
Perry's outfit for the 2011 VMAs included a hat that was literally just a yellow cube with a corner "sunk" into her head.
For her pugnacious performance at the 2013 VMAs, Perry went onstage in a boxing-inspired outfit, including lace-up flats, flame-print athletic shorts, and a leopard-print crop top.
Katy as Freddie Mercury
Before hitting the town for her 24th birthday, Perry donned an outfit inspired by one of her musical idols, replicating Mercury's yellow Wembley jacket, white pants, and black mustache.
For her performance at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, Perry donned a art-deco-patterned dress that looked like an old-time carousel.
Perry hit the red carpet at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards in an outfit that was split down the middle — half frilly pink dress, half black tuxedo and tails. She even had half a mustache.