Perry attending the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City on November 27, 2012
|Birth name||Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson|
|Also known as||Katy Hudson|
October 25, 1984 |
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Genres||Christian, dance, electronic, pop, rock,|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Red Hill, Island, Columbia, Virgin, Capitol|
|Associated acts||The Matrix|
Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson (born October 25, 1984),1 better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, businesswoman, philanthropist, and actress. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Having had very little exposure to mainstream pop music in her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teen and released her debut studio album, Katy Hudson, in March 2001. She also recorded a collaborative album with The Matrix and a solo album she worked on with Glen Ballard, the latter of which was never released.
In April 2007, Perry signed a recording contract with Capitol Records. She attracted media attention with the November 2007 online release of "Ur So Gay" and rose to prominence with the June 2008 release of her second album, One of the Boys, which produced the singles "I Kissed a Girl", "Hot n Cold", "Thinking of You", and "Waking Up in Vegas". The project was further promoted through the Hello Katy Tour. In November 2009, she released a live album titled MTV Unplugged, which features performances of several tracks from One of the Boys. Perry's third record, Teenage Dream, was released in August 2010 and spawned the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". In doing so, it became the first album recorded by a female artist in history to produce five number-one hits, and the second album overall after Michael Jackson's August 1987 album Bad. Perry embarked on the California Dreams Tour following its release. In March 2012, Teenage Dream was re-released as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection and produced the number-one single "Part of Me". She released her fourth album, Prism, in October 2013. It was preceded by singles "Roar" and "Unconditionally". She will embark on the Prismatic World Tour to promote the album in May 2014.
Perry has received numerous awards and nominations, including nine Grammy nominations and Billboard dubbed her as 2012's Woman of the Year.2 She remains the only artist to spend 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100.345 Perry is also the third best selling digital singles artist in US according to RIAA.6 She has ventured into celebrity endorsement and released fragrances Purr, Meow, and Killer Queen. In July 2011, she made her film debut voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs. Perry was ranked at number fourteen on Billboard's list of top moneymakers of 2011, grossing more than $11 million.7 In July 2012, she released her 3D autobiographical documentary film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, which concentrated on her life as a touring artist and the breakdown of her one-year marriage to English actor/comedian Russell Brand. As of November 2013, Perry had sold over 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide and her singles are some of the best-selling worldwide.89
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Public image
- 3 Musical style and themes
- 4 Philanthropy
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Discography
- 7 Tours
- 8 Perfumes
- 9 Filmography
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Life and career
1984-98: Early life
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors10 Maurice Keith Hudson (born June 13, 1947) and Mary Christine Perry (born December 16, 1947). She has a younger brother named David, whose stage name is Hudson, (born August 11, 1988) and an older sister named Angela (born December 7, 1982).1 Keith is of English descent while Mary is of 1/8 Irish, 3/8 Portuguese, 1/4 English, and 1/4 German descent.11 Through Mary, she is a half-niece of film director Frank Joseph Perry, Jr. (August 21, 1930 – August 29, 1995).12
As a child, Perry attended religious schools and camps. She was incorporated into her parents' ministry and sang in the church between the ages of nine and sixteen.1314 She grew up listening to gospel music,15 and in an interview she said, "Growing up I wasn't really allowed to listen to a whole lot of what my mom would call, secular music,"14 She learned how to dance in a recreation building in Santa Barbara. She was taught by seasoned dancers and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug.16 Perry initially started singing "because [she] was at that point in [her] childhood where [she] was copycatting [her] sister and everything she [would do]."17 Growing up, she often took cassette tapes her sister Angela practiced with and rehearsed the songs and performed them in front of their parents. They suggested she take vocal coaching. She took the opportunity and began taking lessons at the age of nine and continued until she was sixteen.
1999-2006: Katy Hudson and The Matrix
At 15, Perry's singing in church attracted the attention of rock veterans from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to polish her writing skills. In December 1999, she took her GED after her first semester of her freshman year at Dos Pueblos High School and decided to leave school in the pursuit of a career in music.17 In Nashville, she started recording demos and was taught by country music veterans how to craft songs and play guitar.1415 Perry signed to the Christian music label Red Hill, under which she recorded her first album. Performing as Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel rock album on March 6, 2001. Two singles were released from the album; "Trust in Me" on February 6, 2001, and "Search Me" on June 12, 2001.18 She supported this album with The Strangely Normal Tour, accompanied by Phil Joel, LaRue, Luna Halo, Earthsuit, and V*Enna.19 The album was unsuccessful as the label ceased operations at the end of 2001.20
At the age of 17, Perry left her home for Los Angeles, California, where she worked with Glen Ballard on an album for Island Records.21 Growing up listening to mostly Country Gospel, she had few references when she began recording songs.14 Asked by the producer with whom she would like to collaborate, Perry had no idea. In September 2002, she went with her mother to a hotel. Inside, she turned on VH1 and first heard about producer Glen Ballard that night when watching him talking about Alanis Morissette that night, prompting her interest in working with Ballard;20 Ballard produced Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, which had a "huge influence" on her.
She expressed interest in working with Ballard to her initial collaborator, who arranged a meeting for her with Ballard in Los Angeles. Perry presented one of her songs to Ballard, who then helped develop her songwriting over the next few years.14 In 2003, she began using her mother's maiden name (Perry) as a stage name to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson.22 After Perry was subsequently dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group, she signed to Columbia Records in 2004.23 The same year, Perry and Kaya Jones provided backing vocals on Mick Jagger's song "Old Habits Die Hard", which won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.24
However, the label was not amenable with her vision and did not give her full creative control. Instead, one of Columbia's ideas was to pair her with the record production team The Matrix, who was working on an album, to serve as its female vocalist. Eighty percent completed, however, Columbia decided not to finish it and dropped her from the label. While the album was shelved,25 she caught the attention of the music press. Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004 by Blender magazine. A solo album she had worked on with Ballard was scheduled for release on August 18, 2005 but was cancelled.26 Some of her collaborations with Ballard, such as "Box", "Diamonds", and "Long Shot", were posted on her official MySpace page.10 "Simple", one of the songs she recorded with Ballard, was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.27 Kelly Clarkson later used "Long Shot" (which Perry wrote with Matt Thiessen and Ballard)28 for her March 2009 album, All I Ever Wanted. With no album project ongoing, Perry began recording her own, titled Fingerprints.29 While waiting to find another label, she worked in an independent A&R company called Taxi Music. In early 2006, she was featured in the end of the video to P.O.D.'s single "Goodbye for Now". That November, she played the love interest of Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy in the band's music video for "Cupid's Chokehold".30
2007-09: Breakthrough with One of the Boys
While in the process of being dropped by Columbia in 2006, the company's publicity executive Angelica Cob-Baehler enthusiastically recommended her to Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom. At the time Flom was leading a complete revival in fortunes at the label and looking to crown recent achievements by breaking a global pop act. Despite mixed reactions from fellow Virgin executives, Flom became convinced that Perry could be a breakthrough star and, at the start of 2007, extended discussions with Columbia resulted in her signing to the newly created Capitol Music Group, a merger between Virgin and Capitol. As part of the deal, the label secured the masters to the unfinished album, recorded while at Columbia, that would go on to form a significant part of her official mainstream debut album, One of the Boys.
The Columbia recordings were seen by Flom as being "very strong but lacking an undeniable smash or two that would work both at U.S. pop radio and internationally" and so one of the executive's first actions after completing the signing was to set up a collaboration between Perry and the writer-producer Dr. Luke.31 The results were the songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold". Establishing her image was one of the immediate concerns of her management. A campaign was started with the November 20, 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 online buzz and press story.1332 This was a successful move that brought Perry to the attention of Madonna, who mentioned her on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona. On March 10, 2008, she appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series, Wildfire, on the episode "Life's Too Short".33
In the next step of promoting the album, Perry undertook a two-month tour of radio stations. "I Kissed a Girl", was released on May 6, 2008. Her A&R, Chris Anokute, told HitQuarters the song and its controversial theme had met with strong resistance at the label: "People said, 'This is never going to get played on the radio. How do we sell this? How’s this going to be played in the bible belt?'" Anokute said that they needed the support of one of the label's radio promoters to convince people to believe in the record; otherwise, she would have likely been dropped again. Capitol's SVP of Promotions, Dennis Reese, saw the vision and helped push the single on national radio. The first station to pick it up and take a chance was The River in Nashville, which is in the Bible Belt. After playing it for three days they were inundated with enthusiastic calls.32 The single was a commercial success, peaking at number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. On June 12, 2008, she appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.33 Perry also performed backing vocals on the song, "Another Night in the Hills" from Gavin Rossdale's June 2008 solo album Wanderlust.34
One of the Boys was released on June 17, 2008, to mixed critical reviews.35 The album reached number nine on the Billboard 20036 and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.37 "Hot n Cold" became her second top three single in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the charts in Germany, Canada, and Denmark. After Perry wrapped up her appearance at the Warped Tour, she went on tours in Europe. She later launched her first headlining tour, the Hello Katy Tour, in January 2009. "I Kissed a Girl" earned her a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.38 She was nominated in five categories at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Video, but lost to Britney Spears.39 She won Best New Act at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, which she co-hosted,40 and Best International Female Artist at the 2009 BRIT Awards.41 On February 9, 2009, both "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold" were certified three-time platinum by Recording Industry Association of America for individual digital sales of over three million.42 The Guinness Book of World Records recognized her in its 2010 version as the "Best Start on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist," for having her first two singles sell over two million digital copies.43
The Matrix's self-titled debut album, which features Perry, was later released via the team's label "Let's Hear It" during her solo tour. When the release date was scheduled, "I Kissed a Girl" had been charting well. Matrix member Lauren Christy spoke to Perry about the decision, but she wanted to hold the release until the fourth single of One of the Boys had been dispatched. Despite their communication, The Matrix was released on January 27, 2009 onto iTunes.44 In January 2009, Perry embarked on her first headlining world tour, the Hello Katy Tour, visiting North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Beginning on January 23, 2009, and ending on November 28, 2009, the tour consisted of 89 concerts. During that time, she also opened select concerts for the band No Doubt, on their Summer Tour 2009.
In June 2009, lawyers acting for Perry opposed the then-recent trademark of Australian fashion designer Katie Perry, who uses her own name to market loungewear. Some media outlets reported this as a lawsuit, which the singer denied.45 During the summer of 2009, Perry filmed a cameo appearance for Get Him to the Greek. Her scene, in which she kisses Russell Brand, was cut and does not appear in the film. Discussing the issue with MTV, she hypothesized there may have been some fear that seeing the two make out would have taken viewers out of the experience.46 In 2009, she was featured on two singles: in August, a remix of Colorado-based band 3OH!3's song "Starstrukk" (the idea for the collaboration having come after Perry's tour that featured 3OH!3 as the supporting act, the song being released by iTunes on September 8, 2009); and, thereafter, in December, on "If We Ever Meet Again" (which was released as a single in February 2010) from Timbaland's album Shock Value II.47 In October 2009, MTV Unplugged revealed that Perry was one of the artists to perform for them, and that she would be releasing a live album of the performance, including two new tracks, "Brick by Brick" and a cover of Fountains of Wayne's "Hackensack".48 The album, released on November 17, included both a CD and a DVD,49 and debuted at No. 168 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
2010-12: Teenage Dream, film debut, and Part of Me
Perry appeared as a guest judge alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, and Louis Walsh during the Dublin audition stage of the seventh series of the English television show The X Factor on June 28, 2010.50 She was one of the many celebrities chosen to fulfill the role of judge whilst Dannii Minogue was on maternity leave. Perry's third studio album Teenage Dream was released on August 24, 2010, in the United States. It topped the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 192,000 units.51 The album has since sold over two million copies in the US, being certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was preceded by the May release of its lead single, titled "California Gurls" featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, which picked atop the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks.5253 "Teenage Dream" was released in July as the album's second single, and also topped the Hot 100. In October, "Firework" was released as the third single from Teenage Dream. It became the album's third consecutive number one on the Hot 100. As a result, she became the first female in eleven years to have three consecutive number-ones from a single album.54
In November 2010, she released her first fragrance, Purr. It is packaged in a cat-shaped bottle, and is available through Nordstrom stores.55 In February 2011, Perry embarked on an extensive world tour in support of Teenage Dream. It was titled the California Dreams Tour and including 124 shows in Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America. It earned over $59 million.56 That same month, a remixed version of "E.T." featuring rapper Kanye West was released as the fourth single from Teenage Dream. It topped the Hot 100 chart for five non-consecutive weeks.57 With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.3 In June, the album's fifth single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", topped the Hot 100. This allowed her to achieve a record for being the first female to achieve five number one Hot 100 songs from one album, and she tied with Michael Jackson's record. Additionally, Teenage Dream boasted a record-breaking six number-one songs on Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.58 In July 2011, she made her film debut in the 3D family film The Smurfs as Smurfette. The Smurfs earned $557,771,535 worldwide during its theatrical run, though received many negative reviews from critics. The week of September 17, 2011 marked Perry's 69th consecutive week in the Top 10 with single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)".45 On September 23, 2011, she performed on the opening day of the 2011 Rock in Rio festival along with Elton John, Claudia Leitte, and friend Rihanna, which was extended to October 2.59
In October, "The One That Got Away" was released as the sixth single from Teenage Dream, peaking at three on the Hot 100. Teenage Dream became the third album in history to produce six top five hit singles;60 "The One That Got Away" became the album's seventh track to reach the top of the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart, the most by any album and setting a new record in the chart.61
Perry hosted Saturday Night Live on December 10, 2011 with Robyn serving as the episode's musical guest. Perry's work on the episode received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised her comedic timing and the episode's digital short which featured Perry and Andy Samberg, however some critics noted that Perry's performance in the episode was overshadowed by cast regular Kristen Wiig.62 Her second fragrance, Meow, was released December 2011.63 Also in December, she was elected the Artist of the Year by MTV, for their performance on the charts worldwide and won the record during the year.64 Also that month, she revealed plans to release a Barbie doll that represents her style.6566
On January 5, 2012, Perry was named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan.67 That month, she became the first artist to have five songs sell over 5 million digital units.68 Later that month, EA Games recruited her to promote their new expansion pack The Sims 3: Showtime.69 In March 2012, Teenage Dream was re-released under the title Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. It was preceded by the February release of "Part of Me", which became the album's seventh single released and sixth single overall to top the Hot 100.70 "Wide Awake" was released in May as the album's eighth and final single, peaking at number two.71 In June 2012, she revealed plans to launch her own record label, which would be under Capitol Records.72 In July 2012, her autobiographical documentary movie Katy Perry: Part of Me was released to theaters under Paramount Pictures.7374 It garnered positive critical reviews and grossed $30 million worldwide at the box office.7576 Later that month, she became the spokesperson and ambassador for Popchips.77 That September, it was announced that Perry would take home the 2012 "Woman of the Year" Award at Billboard's Women in Music event, which took place on November 30, 2012 in New York City.2 She also supported Barack Obama during his campaign for re-election in November 2012.78
Perry told Billboard in Fall 2012 about Prism: "I know exactly the record I want to make next. I know the artwork, the coloring and the tone..... 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". However, Perry mentioned that she did not want the album to be a "Teenage Dream 2.0", stating: "That would be silly. It's not of any interest for me to try and outdo myself at every corner. Eventually you just like pop, explode".79 After taking time off from her professional career following the release of her autobiographical film, she began work on the album in November 2012 and finished in July 2013. Perry reprised her role as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2, which was released in theaters on July 31, 2013.80 Like its predecessor, it received many negative reviews from critics.
Killer Queen was released as her third fragrance in August 2013 through Coty, Inc.81 "Roar" made its debut as the lead single from Prism on August 10, 2013.82 Perry recorded and co-wrote a duet with John Mayer titled "Who You Love" for his album Paradise Valley. The album was released on August 20, 2013.83 She closed the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with her first live performance of "Roar" on August 25, 2013 in a special performance under the Brooklyn Bridge.84
Although Perry stated in a June 2012 interview with L'Uomo Vogue that she planned to have "darker elements" in Prism,85 she revealed to MTV that "there's not really any darkness on the record" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, stating:
The reason why I called this record Prism is because I actually finally let the light in and then I was able to create all these songs that were inspired by letting the light in and doing some self-reflection and just kind of working on myself. I felt very prismatic because of that I feel like now I get to show these songs off and share these songs with the listeners and it's almost like I get to beam the colors that I've experienced out from me.86
On September 4, 2013, Billboard announced that "Roar" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.87 On September 30, 2013, she performed Prism tracks "Roar", "Dark Horse", "Walking on Air", and "By the Grace of God" at the iTunes Festival. She made a musical guest appearance with Bruce Willis on Saturday Night Live on October 12, 2013, performing "Roar" and "Walking on Air".88
"Unconditionally" was released as the album's second single on October 16, 2013.89 The next day, Prism became available for streaming online.90 Prism was released in Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, and Slovenia on October 18, 2013, and was released worldwide on October 22, 2013.91 In the United States, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 286,000 copies in its first week.92 The same day as its worldwide release, Perry performed her Prism tracks for the first time at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles.93 On November 10, 2013, she performed "Unconditionally" at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.94 She also opened the American Music Awards of 2013 on November 24, 2013 with a performance of "Unconditionally".95
Perry will begin the Prismatic World Tour on May 7, 2014. It will begin at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland and feature Icona Pop. The first leg of the tour will also feature performances in Scotland and England.9697 On December 3, 2013, UNICEF announced Perry as their newest International Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.98
Rolling Stone ranked Perry 7th in its global Queen of Pop poll in July 2011.99 Perry placed at number one on the Maxim Hot 100 in 2010, with readers voting her the "most beautiful woman in the world".100 FHM Australia readers voted her the "sexiest woman of 2011",101 and Men's Health dubbed her the "sexiest woman of 2013".102 She is a sex symbol103 and is noted for her unconventional style of dress.16 It is often humorous, bright in color, reminiscent of different decades and often includes food-related themes, such as fruit and candy,104 an example being her trademark spinning peppermint swirl bra.105 Her transformation into an artist began with fashion and was inspired by American film actress Dominique Swain's portrayal in the 1997 film Lolita. She defines her fashion style as "a bit of a concoction of different things",16 and draws inspiration from pin-up and cartoons. Her fashion has caught the attention of designers.13 Perry lists her style icons as Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson, Chloë Sevigny, Daphne Guinness, Natalie Portman, and the fictional character Lolita.106107
In October 2008, a photo of her posing with a switchblade was criticized. The picture was defended as only an effort to give her a "sexy, harder edge".108 In September 2010, Perry filmed an appearance on Sesame Street, singing "Hot N Cold" alongside puppet character Elmo, but after complaints were made from parents who criticized her outfit for being too revealing the performance was axed from the show.109 Shortly afterwards, Perry appeared on Saturday Night Live and starred in a skit mocking the controversy.110
Perry is Pentecostal. Having been raised by two Pentecostal pastors, she confirmed in Katy Perry: Part of Me that she still keeps a religious connection with God, although is less devout than her parents. She described her relationship with God as "one-on-one".10 In an October 2013 interview with W Magazine, Perry said: "I try and keep my connection with G-O-D or with a power that's bigger than me. It's important - otherwise, you don't have any kind of accountability" and that "for me, accountability works".111 In an early December 2013 interview with Toronto Star, she mentioned her views on God changed as she got older, saying "My God has changed over the years. Absolutely. I believe there's this 'bigger than me' thing that’s looking after me. I don't believe in like God as a really old guy with a beard on a gold throne" and that "I don't believe in heaven or hell as a destination. In fact, the terms of what I believe are still up for debate because I'm still on a journey and I don't even know if I'm going to get to my destination".112
Perry is a gay activist. She confirmed that she voted no on Prop 8 (California's November 4, 2008, amendment that would legally define marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman).113 She dedicated the music video to her October 2010 single "Firework" to the It Gets Better Project.114 Through Twitter and by performing at his rallies, Perry supported President Barack Obama in his run for re-election in November 2012 due to his stance on same-sex marriage115 and believing in "equal rights for all".116 In August 2013, Perry confronted Australian politician Tony Abbott over his position on gay marriage during an interview with Sydney's 2DayFM radio station.117 Perry was awarded the Trevor Hero Award from The Trevor Project for her work and activism on behalf of LGBT youth.118 Adam Shankman, speaking on behalf of The Trevor Project, said Perry received the award "not only for what she's done to inspire and empower us, but also her commitment to being a better, stronger ally for LGBT youth".
Musical style and themes
Her first album is within the gospel music genre.13 She related that her perspective in music was "a bit enclosed and very strict", and everything she did was church-related.13 Her second album, One of the Boys, is described as "rock" and "secular", and reflects a departure from her religious musical roots.13 Her third album, Teenage Dream, featured more pop songs in contrast to Boys.16 Her fourth album, Prism, prominently features Swedish dance music. Many of her songs have been described as EDM or electropop,119120 and she herself has been credited as an electropop artist.121
In her childhood, Perry was introduced to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury, the late frontman of the English band Queen.25 In her tribute to Mercury on what would have been his 65th birthday, Perry stated; "Without you I wouldn't be making music or doing what I do because your lyrics inspired me as a 15-year-old girl."122 Queen's song "Killer Queen" inspired her to pursue a career in pop music after her first album.13 She also described that Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill as having influenced her music profoundly; even going on to work with Morissette's collaborator on the album, Glen Ballard because of that.123 Perry has also listed Madonna as a significant influence, saying "I want to evolve like Madonna."124
Perry has a contralto vocal range.125 She is artistically involved in her projects, especially in the writing process. Since she could play guitar, she would start writing songs at home and present it to her producers. She is mostly inspired by specific moments of her life, and has said it is easy for her to write songs about heartbreak.14 Most of the themes in One of the Boys deal with heartbreak, teen adventure, and "puking into toilets". Her mother, Mary, once reportedly told tabloid Daily Mail that she disliked her daughter's music, calling it "shameful and disgusting".13 Perry said her mother was misquoted and told MTV that it was false information.126 Perry has written songs recorded by other singers, including Ashley Tisdale ("Time's Up"), Selena Gomez & the Scene ("Rock God" and "That's More Like It"), Jessie James ("Bullet" and "Girl Next Door"), Kelly Clarkson ("Long Shot" and "I Do Not Hook Up"), Lesley Roy ("Slow Goodbye"), and Britney Spears ("Passenger").
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Her songs "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl" have been respectively labeled as being homophobic and promoting homosexuality, as well as "lez ploitational".13 MTV mentioned criticism about her using "bi-curiosity" as a way to sell records.126 Perry responded to the controversy surrounding "Ur So Gay": "It's not a negative connotation. It's not, 'you're so gay,' like, 'you're so lame,' but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay. I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever..... It wasn't stereotyping anyone in particular, I was talking about ex-boyfriends."127
During the Warped Tour in December 2008, Perry had a cast made of her breasts to raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation.128 During her California Dreams Tour, Perry raised over $150,000 for the Tickets-For-Charity fundraiser. The money was divided between three charities: the Children's Health Fund (CHF), Generosity Water, and Humane Society of the United States.129 130 EMI donated a signed album by Perry herself for an auction for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland. The auction closed on May 31, 2011.131 In February 2012, Perry donated the proceeds from her single "Part Of Me" to the charity MusiCares, which helps musicians in times of need.132 On October 13, 2012, she performed her song "Firework" with an autistic fan at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars".133 In December 2012, Perry was awarded the Trevor Hero Award by The Trevor Project for her work and activism for LGBT youth.118 In early April 2013, she worked with UNICEF and travelled to Madagascar to assist children with education and nutrition.134 Later that month, she appeared in a video clip for the "Chime For Change" campaign that aims to spread female empowerment.135 On October 23, 2013, she hosted and performed at the "We Can Survive" concert along with her friends Bonnie McKee, Kacey Musgraves, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, and duo Tegan and Sara at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The concert's profits went towards Young Survival Coalition, an organization aiding breast cancer in young women.136 On December 3, 2013, Perry was officially named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, "with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents". In an official press release, UNICEF said “We are delighted that she is joining us as UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador and lending her remarkable voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world".98
She first met Russell Brand in 2009 when she filmed a cameo appearance for his film Get Him to the Greek.139 The two began dating after meeting again in September 2009 at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.140 The couple became engaged on New Year's Eve 2009 while vacationing in Rajasthan, India.141 They married on October 23, 2010, in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.142 After 14 months of marriage, he filed for divorce on December 30, 2011.143 After they reached an agreement on financial issues, a judge granted the divorce request in February 2012. Her July 2012 autobiographical documentary revealed that the disagreement over starting a family led to the end of the marriage.10 In June 2013, she revealed in an interview with Vogue that Brand did not like the idea of her "being the boss" of things and never spoke to her again after texting her about his filing for divorce.144 She also mentioned in her September 2013 interview with Billboard that she was initially so distraught over the divorce that she contemplated suicide.145
She has been in an on-off relationship with John Mayer since August 2012.146
|2012||Katy Perry: Part of Me||Herself||Also co-producer|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Smurfette||Voice|
|2015||The Smurfs 3||Smurfette||Voice|
|2008||The Young and the Restless||Herself||Soap opera; Season 1, Episode 8.914|
|2008||Wildfire||Herself||"Life's Too Short" (Season 4, Episode 8)|
|2010||American Idol||Herself / guest judge||Season 9, episode 5|
|2010||The X Factor||Herself / guest judge||Series 7, episode 2|
|2010||Sesame Street||Herself||Online special (deleted from TV episode due to viewer controversy)|
|2010||The Simpsons||Herself||"The Fight Before Christmas" (Season 22, Episode 8)|
|2010||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||Herself||"Boys Hope/Girls Hope" (Season 8, Episode 1)|
|2010–2013||Saturday Night Live||Host / various roles||"Amy Poehler"/"Katy Perry" (Season 36, Episode 1)
"Katy Perry"/"Robyn" (Season 37, Episode 9)
"Bruce Willis/Katy Perry" (Season 39, Episode 3)
|2011||50 Greatest Wedding Shockers||Herself||Television documentary|
|2011||How I Met Your Mother||Honey||"Oh Honey" (Season 6, Episode 15)|
|2012||Raising Hope||Rikki Hargrove||"Single White Female Role-Model" (Season 2, Episode 16)|
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