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Katy Perry

Occupation: Musician

Nationality: American

Born: October 25, 1984 (30)

First causing waves with the Madonna-endorsed internet single 'Ur So Gay' in 2008, it was follow-up track 'I Kissed A Girl' that catapulted Katy Perry into the big time. The daughter of two Pentecostal pastors, Perry - born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson - spent her teenage years pursuing a gospel music career, later moving into contemporary pop and working on a solo record with producer Glen Ballard which was ultimately shelved.

'I Kissed a Girl' went on to top the charts in over 30 countries, and since then Perry has won 6 Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, two American Music awards and secured 11 Grammy nominations.

Perry spent a record-breaking 69 weeks in the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 between May 2010 and September 2011, during the height of the success of her album Teenage Dream. By the end of 2013, she had sold over 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide.

Perry was married to comedian Russell Brand between October 2010 and December 2011. She later dated singer-songwriter John Mayer, writing and recording the duet 'Who You Love' for his album Paradise Valley.

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