Life and career
1984–1998: Early life
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in
Santa Barbara, California, to
Pentecostal pastors Mary Christine (née Perry) and Maurice Keith Hudson.
 Her parents are
born again Christians, each having turned to religion after a "wild youth".
 Perry has English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry.
 Through her mother, she is a niece of film director
 She has a younger brother named David, who is a singer,
 and an older sister, Angela.
 From ages 3 to 11, Perry often moved across the country as her parents set up churches before settling again in Santa Barbara. Growing up, she attended religious schools and camps, including Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona and Santa Barbara Christian School in California during her
 Her family struggled financially,
 sometimes using
food stamps and eating from the food bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents' church.
Growing up, Perry and her siblings were not allowed to eat
Lucky Charms as the term "luck" reminded their mother of
Lucifer, and had to call
deviled eggs "angeled eggs".
 Perry primarily listened to
 as secular music was generally discouraged in the family's home. She discovered popular music through
CDs she sneaked from her friends.
 While not strictly identifying as religious, Perry has stated, "I pray all the time – for self-control, for humility."
 Following her sister Angela, Perry began singing by practicing with her sister's cassette tapes. She performed the tracks in front of their parents, who suggested she take vocal lessons. She began
training at age 9,
 and was incorporated into her parents' ministry,
 singing in church from ages 9 to 17.
 At 13, Perry was given her first guitar for her birthday,
 and publicly performed songs she wrote.
 She tried to "be a bit like the typical Californian girl" while growing up, and started rollerskating, skateboarding, and surfing as a teenager. David described her as a
tomboy during her adolescence.
 She took dancing lessons and learned how to
Lindy Hop, and
1999–2006: Career beginnings
Perry completed her
General Educational Development (GED) requirements at age 15,
 during her freshman year of high school,
 and left
Dos Pueblos High School to pursue a musical career. She briefly studied
Italian opera at the
Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Her singing caught the attention of rock artists Steve Thomas and
Jennifer Knapp from
Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to improve her writing skills.
 In Nashville, she started recording
demos and learned how to write songs and play guitar.
 After signing with
Red Hill Records, Perry recorded her debut album, a gospel record titled
Katy Hudson. She released the album on March 6, 2001, and went on tour that year as part of
Phil Joel's Strangely Normal Tour
 while also embarking on other performances of her own in the United States.
 Katy Hudson received positive reviews from critics, though was commercially unsuccessful and sold an estimated 200 copies before the label ceased operations in December.
 Transitioning from gospel music to secular music, Perry started writing songs with producer
Glen Ballard, and moved to Los Angeles at age 17.
 In 2003, she briefly performed as Katheryn Perry to avoid confusion with actress
Kate Hudson. She later adopted the stage name Katy Perry, using her mother's maiden name.
In 2004, Perry signed to Ballard's label, Java, which was then affiliated with
The Island Def Jam Music Group. She began work on a solo record, but the record was shelved after Java was dropped.
 Ballard then introduced Perry to
Tim Devine, an
A&R executive at Columbia Records, and she was signed as a solo artist. Over the course of the next two years, Perry wrote and recorded material for her Columbia debut, and worked with songwriters including
Butch Walker, Scott Cutler/Anne Previn,
Kara DioGuardi, and
Max Martin and
 In addition, after Devine suggested they become a "real group", she recorded with
 Perry was dropped from Columbia in 2006 as her record neared completion. After the label dropped her, she worked at an independent A&R company called
Perry had minor success prior to her breakthrough. One of the songs she had recorded for her album with Ballard, "Simple", was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
 She provided backing vocals on
Mick Jagger's song "
Old Habits Die Hard",
 which was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 film
 In September 2004,
Blender named Perry "The Next Big Thing".
 She recorded background vocals on
P.O.D.'s single "
Goodbye for Now" and was featured at the end of its music video in 2006. That year, Perry also appeared in the music video for "Learn to Fly" by
Carbon Leaf, and played the love interest of her then-boyfriend,
Gym Class Heroes lead singer
Travie McCoy, in the band's music video for "
2007–2009: Breakthrough with One of the Boys
Perry was part of the 2008 Warped Tour lineup
After Columbia dropped Perry,
Angelica Cob-Baehler, then a publicity executive at the label, brought Perry's demos to
Virgin Records chairman
Jason Flom. Flom was convinced that she could be a breakthrough star and she was signed to
Capitol Records in April 2007. The label arranged for her to work with Dr. Luke in order to add an "undeniable smash" to her existing material.
 Perry and Dr. Luke co-wrote the songs "
I Kissed a Girl" and "
Hot n Cold" for her second album
One of the Boys. A campaign was started with the November 2007 release of the video to "
Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market.
 A digital
EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create interest.
Madonna helped publicize the song by praising the track on the JohnJay & Rich radio show in April 2008,
 stating it was her "favorite song".
 In March 2008, Perry made a cameo appearance as a club singer in the
Wildfire episode "Life's Too Short",
 and appeared as herself during a photo shoot in June on
The Young and the Restless for the show's magazine Restless Style.
Perry released her first single with Capitol, "I Kissed a Girl", on April 28, 2008,
 as the lead single from One of the Boys. The first station to pick up the song was
WRVW in Nashville, who were inundated with enthusiastic calls the first three days they played it.
 The track reached number one on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100.
 One of the Boys, released on June 17, garnered mixed critical reviews and reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200.
 The album went on to sell 7 million copies worldwide.
 "Hot n Cold" was released in September
 and became the album's second successful single, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100,
 while topping charts in Germany,
 the Netherlands,
 and Austria.
 Later singles "
Thinking of You" and "
Waking Up in Vegas" were released in 2009
 and reached the top 30 of the Hot 100.
 The Matrix's self-titled debut album, which Perry had recorded with the band in 2004, was released onto
iTunes on January 27, 2009, as a result of her solo success.
After finishing the
Warped Tour 2008,
 Perry hosted the
2008 MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2008, where she won the award for
Best New Act.
 At the
2009 Brit Awards, she also won the award for
International Female Solo Artist.
 Perry embarked on her first headlining world tour, the
Hello Katy Tour, from January to November 2009 to support One of the Boys.
 On August 4, 2009, she performed as opening act for one date of the band
Summer Tour 2009.
 Perry also hosted the
2009 MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2009, becoming the first person to host two consecutive ceremonies.
 On July 22, 2009, Perry recorded a live album titled
MTV Unplugged, which featured acoustic performances of five tracks from One of the Boys, as well as two new songs, "Brick by Brick" and "Hackensack".
 It was released on November 17, 2009.
 Perry also appeared on two singles with other artists; she was featured on a remix of
3OH!3's song "
Starstrukk" in September 2009,
 and on a duet with
Timbaland entitled "
If We Ever Meet Again", from his album
Shock Value II, in January 2010.
Guinness World Records recognized her in its 2010 edition as the "Best Start on the U.S. Digital Chart by a Female Artist", for digital single sales of over two million copies.
"I Kissed a Girl" created controversy among both religious groups and
LGBT groups. The former criticized its homosexual themes while the latter accused her of using
bi-curiosity to sell records. In response to speculation that her parents opposed her music and career, Perry told MTV that they had no problems with her success.
 After her relationship with McCoy ended in December 2008,
 Perry met her future husband
Russell Brand in the summer of 2009 while filming a cameo appearance for his film
Get Him to the Greek. Her scene, in which the two kiss, does not appear in the film.
 She began dating Brand after meeting him again that September at the
2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
 The couple became engaged on December 31, 2009, while vacationing in
2010–2012: Teenage Dream and marriage
After serving as a guest judge on
 Perry released "
California Gurls" featuring rapper
Snoop Dogg on May 7, 2010.
 The song was the lead single from her third studio album,
Teenage Dream, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in June.
 She also served as a guest judge on
The X Factor UK later that month
 before releasing the album's second single, "
Teenage Dream", in July.
 "Teenage Dream" reached number one on Billboard in September.
 Released on August 24, 2010,
 the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
 It received mixed reviews from music critics,
 and has since sold 6 million copies globally.
 Teenage Dream would go on to win the 2011
Juno Award for International Album of the Year.
 In October, "
Firework" was released as the album's third single.
 It became the album's third consecutive number one on the Hot 100 on December 8, 2010.
A remixed version of "
E.T." featuring rapper
Kanye West was released as the fourth single from Teenage Dream on February 16, 2011.
 It topped the Hot 100 chart for five non-consecutive weeks, making Teenage Dream the ninth album in history to produce four number one singles on the Hot 100.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" followed as the fifth single in June,
 and Perry became the first female artist to achieve five number-one Hot 100 songs from one album when the single topped that chart on August 17, and the second artist after
Michael Jackson with his album
 For this record, she received an honorary
American Music Award in November 2011
 and a 2013 Guinness World Record.
 On September 7, she set a new record by becoming the first artist to spend 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100.
 In October, "
The One That Got Away" was released as the album's sixth single.
 The song peaked at number three on the Hot 100
 and number two in Canada.
 On February 13, 2012, Capitol released the lead single from
Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, "
Part of Me", which debuted at number one on the Hot 100 and became Perry's seventh single overall to top the chart.
 Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection was released on March 23.
Wide Awake" was released on May 22 as the re-release's second single,
 peaking at number two on the Hot 100
 and number one in Canada
 and New Zealand.
 On January 5, she was named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to
 That month, she became the first artist to have four songs sell over 5 million digital units.
Perry's California Dreams Tour grossed $59.5 million
Perry embarked on her second tour, the
California Dreams Tour, in support of Teenage Dream
 from February 2011 to January 2012.
 The tour grossed $59.5 million globally
 and won her the award for
Best Live Act at the
2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.
 On September 23, 2011, she performed on the opening day of the 2011
Rock in Rio festival along with
Elton John and
 In September 2010, Perry was scheduled to appear on the 41st-season premiere of
Sesame Street. After her scene was uploaded to
YouTube, viewers criticized Perry's exposed
cleavage. Four days before the scheduled airing,
Sesame Workshop announced that the segment would not air on television, but would still be available to watch online.
 Perry subsequently mocked the controversy on
Saturday Night Live, where she was a musical guest and wore an
Elmo-themed shirt showing large amounts of cleavage during one skit.
In December 2010, Perry played
Moe Szyslak's girlfriend in the live-action segment from a Christmas episode of
The Simpsons titled "
The Fight Before Christmas".
 In February 2011, she made a guest appearance on the
How I Met Your Mother episode "
Oh Honey", playing a woman known as Honey.
 The role won her the
People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Guest Star in January 2012.
 She made her film debut in the 3D family motion picture
The Smurfs as
Smurfette on July 29, 2011. The film was a financial success worldwide,
 while critics gave mostly negative reviews.
 She hosted Saturday Night Live on December 10, 2011, with
Robyn as the episode's musical guest. Perry's work on the episode received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised her performance in the episode's
digital short featuring her and
 In March 2012, she guest starred as a prison security guard named Rikki on the
Raising Hope episode "Single White Female Role Model".
 On July 5, 2012, Perry's autobiographical documentary
Katy Perry: Part of Me was released to theaters through
 The film received positive reviews
 and grossed $32.7 million worldwide at the
Perry began to venture into business when she endorsed her first fragrance,
Purr, in November 2010. Her second fragrance,
Meow!, was released in December 2011. Both perfumes were released through
Nordstrom department stores.
Electronic Arts recruited her to promote their new expansion pack for
The Sims 3: Showtime,
 before releasing a separate
stuff pack featuring Perry-inspired furniture, outfits, and hairstyles, titled
The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, in June 2012.
 The following month, she became the spokesperson and ambassador for
Popchips and made an investment in the company.
 Billboard dubbed her as their "Woman of the Year" for 2012.
She married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010, in a traditional
ceremony near the
Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.
 Brand announced on December 30, 2011, that they were divorcing after 14 months of marriage.
 Perry later stated that conflicting career schedules and his desire to have children before she was ready led to the end of their marriage, and that he never spoke to her again after sending a text message that he was divorcing her
 while Brand asserted that he divorced her due to her commercial success and reluctance to engage in activism.
 She was initially distraught over their divorce, and said that she contemplated suicide.
 After the marriage ended in 2012,
 Perry began a relationship with singer
John Mayer that August.
2013–2015: Prism and Super Bowl XLIX halftime show
In November 2012, Perry began work on her fourth album,
Prism. She told Billboard, "I know exactly the record I want to make next. I know the artwork, the coloring and the tone" and "I even know what type of tour I'm doing next. I'll be very pleased if the vision I have in my head becomes a reality."
 Although she told
L'Uomo Vogue in June 2012 that she planned to have "darker elements" in Prism following the end of her marriage,
 Perry revealed to MTV during the
2013 MTV Video Music Awards that she changed the album's direction after periods of self-reflection. She commented "I felt very prismatic", which inspired the album's name.
Roar" was released as the lead single from Prism on August 10, 2013.
 It was promoted at the MTV Video Music Awards and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Unconditionally" was released as the second single from Prism on October 16, 2013,
 and peaked at number 14 in the United States.
Perry performing during The Prismatic World Tour in July 2014
Prism was released on October 18, 2013, and has sold 4 million copies as of August 2015.
 It received positive reviews from critics
 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
 Four days later, Perry performed the songs from the album at the
iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles.
Dark Horse" was released as the album's third single on December 17, 2013, and became her ninth U.S. number-one single on January 29, 2014.
 In 2014, "
 and "
This Is How We Do"
 followed as the album's fourth and fifth singles, and reached the top 25 on the Hot 100.
 Prior to ending her relationship with Mayer in February 2014,
 she recorded and co-wrote a duet with him titled "
Who You Love" for his album
Paradise Valley. The song was released on August 12, 2013.
 Perry's third headlining tour, the
Prismatic World Tour, began in May 2014
 and concluded in October 2015.
 It grossed $204.3 million worldwide
 and won Perry the award for "Top Package" at the 2014
Billboard Touring Awards.
 She also performed at the 2015 Rock in Rio festival on September 27, 2015.
On November 23, 2014, the
announced that Perry would perform at the
Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on February 1, 2015.
Lenny Kravitz and
Missy Elliott served as special guests for the show.
 Two days after the halftime show, the Guinness World Records announced that Perry's performance garnered 118.5 million viewers in the United States, and became the most watched and highest rated show in Super Bowl history. The viewership was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million.
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) ranked her fifth on the list of Top Global Recording Artists of 2013.
 On June 26, 2014, she was declared the Top Certified Digital Artist Ever by the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for certified sales of 72 million digital singles in the United States.
 In May 2014, a portrait of Perry by painter
Mark Ryden was featured in his exhibition "The Gay 90s", and shown at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Along with several other artists, she also recorded a cover version of the song "
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" on a limited-edition concept album titled The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell to accompany the exhibition.
 That month, a portrait of Perry by artist
Will Cotton was included in the United States
National Portrait Gallery.
 On November 23, 2015, Perry starred in
H&M's holiday advertising campaign, for which she wrote and recorded a song titled "
Every Day Is a Holiday".
On June 17, 2014, Perry announced that she had founded her own record label under Capitol Records, titled Metamorphosis Music.
Ferras was the first artist to get signed to her label, and Perry served as an executive producer on
his self-titled EP. She also recorded a duet with him on the EP, titled "Legends Never Die".
 The label was later renamed
Outside of her music career, Perry reprised her role as Smurfette in
The Smurfs 2, which was released in theaters on July 31, 2013.
 Like its predecessor, The Smurfs 2 was a financial success
 but was panned by critics.
 In March 2014, she made a guest appearance playing herself in the episode "Blisteritos Presents Dad Academy Graduation Congraduritos Red Carpet Viewing Party" of the
Killer Queen was released as her third fragrance in August 2013 through
 In January 2014, she became a guest curator of Madonna's
Art for Freedom initiative.
 In March 2015, she appeared in
Brand: A Second Coming, a documentary following her ex-husband Russell Brand's transition from comedy work to activism,
 and released a concert film titled Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour through
Epix, which took place during her tour of the same name.
 Perry also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Madonna's song "
Bitch I'm Madonna" in June 2015.
 The following month, she released another fragrance with Coty, entitled
 In September 2015, she appeared in the documentaries Katy Perry: Making of the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, which followed Perry's preparation for her Super Bowl performance,
Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer, which followed the life and career of designer
 Perry released a mobile app titled Katy Perry Pop in December 2015 through
Glu Mobile where her character helps players become famous musicians.
 She described it as "the most fun, colorful world that helps guide your musical dreams".
2016–present: Witness and American Idol
Perry posing for photos with fans in Sydney in June 2017
Perry started writing songs for a new album in June 2016.
 She recorded an anthem for
NBC Sports's coverage of the
2016 Summer Olympics titled "
Rise", which was released the following month. Perry chose to release it as a standalone track rather than save it for an album "because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite". NBC also felt its message spoke "directly to the spirit of the Olympics and its athletes" for its inspirational themes.
 The song reached number one in Australia
 and peaked at number eleven in the United States.
In August 2016, Perry stated that she aspired to create material "that connects and relates and inspires"
 and told
Ryan Seacrest that she was "not rushing" her fifth album, adding "I'm just having a lot of fun, but experimenting and trying different producers, and different collaborators, and different styles".
 On February 10, 2017, Perry released the album's lead single with
Skip Marley titled "
Chained to the Rhythm",
 which reached number one in Hungary
 and number four in the United States.
 Its second single, "
Bon Appétit", features
Migos and was released that April.
 The third single, "
Swish Swish" featuring
Nicki Minaj, followed the next month.
 They respectively peaked at numbers 59 and 46 in the United States,
 and made the top 15 in Canada.
 The album, titled
Witness, was released on June 9, 2017 to mixed reviews,
 and debuted at number one in the United States.
 To accompany the album's release, Perry broadcast herself on YouTube for four days with a live-stream titled
Katy Perry Live: Witness World Wide, concluding with a live concert on June 12.
 The live-stream generated over 49 million views from 190 different countries.
 She also embarked on
Witness: The Tour, which began in September 2017 and is scheduled to end in August 2018.
 On June 15,
Calvin Harris released a song titled "
Feels" featuring Perry,
Big Sean, and
Pharrell Williams from his album
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1,
 which reached number one in the United Kingdom.
Outside of recording music, Perry appeared as herself in the film
Zoolander 2, which was released in February 2016.
 On August 27, she hosted the
2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
 Perry was signed for a $25-million salary to serve as a judge on
ABC's revival of
American Idol, due for broadcast in 2018.