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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry)

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. She is known for her influence on the pop sound and style of the 2010s. Pursuing a career in gospel music at 16, Perry released her commercially unsuccessful debut album, Katy Hudson (2001), under Red Hill Records. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to venture into secular music, adopting the stage name “Katy Perry” from her mother’s maiden name. With producers Glen Ballard and Greg Wells, she recorded an unreleased album titled Fingerprints while signed to Java Records and then Columbia Records before being dropped. After this, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.[1]

Katy Perry

Perry performing at her Play concert residency in 2021

Born
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

October 25, 1984 (age 37)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Other names
Katy Hudson
Katheryn Perry
Occupation
Singer
songwriter
actress
entrepreneur
television judge
Years active
2001–present
Spouse(s)
Russell Brand


(m. 2010; div. 2012)
Partner(s)
Orlando Bloom
(2016–present; engaged)
Children
1
Relatives
Frank Perry (uncle)
Musical career
Genres
Pop
 rock
 disco
Instruments
Vocals
 guitar
Labels
Red Hill
 Java
 Columbia
 Capitol
Associated acts
The Matrix
Website
katyperry.com

Perry rose to fame with her second album and major label debut, One of the Boys (2008), a pop rock record containing her debut single “I Kissed a Girl” and follow-up single “Hot n Cold“, which respectively reached number one and three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The disco-influenced pop album Teenage Dream (2010) spawned five U.S. number one singles—”California Gurls“, “Teenage Dream“, “Firework“, “E.T.“, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“—becoming the first album by a solo female artist to do so. A reissue titled Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012) subsequently had the U.S. number one single “Part of Me“. Her fourth album Prism (2013) has themes of self-empowerment and relationships. With the music videos for its U.S. number one singles “Roar” and “Dark Horse“, Perry became the first artist to have multiple videos reach one billion views on YouTubeWitness (2017) featured an electropop sound with themes of liberation and a political subtext, while Smile (2020) featured themes of motherhood and self-help. She later embarked on her first concert residency titled Play in Resorts World Las Vegas, selling out multiple shows and receiving critical acclaim.

Perry is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 143 million records worldwide. All of her studio albums released under Capitol have individually surpassed one billion streams on Spotify.[2] She has nine U.S. number one singles, three U.S. number one albums and has received various accolades, including four Guinness World Records, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. Perry has been included in the annual Forbes lists of highest-earning women in music from 2011 to 2019. Her critically acclaimed Super Bowl halftime show performance is the most watched in history. Outside of music, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in The Smurfs film series. Perry began serving as a judge on American Idol, starting from its sixteenth season in 2018. She is also the most followed woman on Twitter, with over 100 million followers.

List of awards and nominations received by Katy Perry

American singer Katy Perry has received various awards and nominations throughout her career. She is the recipient of five American Music Awards, 16 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, 10 BMI Awards, four Guinness World Records, five MTV Video Music Awards, 14 People’s Choice Awards, a Juno Award, a Brit Award, two Myx Music Awards, three NRJ Music Awards, and five Teen Choice Awards. She has also been nominated for two ARIA Music Awards, 13 Grammy Awards, two Q Awards, and five Radio Disney Music Awards.

Katy Perry
awards and nominations

Katy Perry performing in August 2017

Katy Perry performing in August 2017

American Music Awards
5 Wins
14 Nominations
APRA Awards
0
2
ARIA Music Awards
0
2
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
16
16
Billboard Music Awards
5
37
Billboard Latin Music Awards
0
1
Billboard Touring Awards
1
3
Billboard Women in Music
1
1
BMI Awards
10
10
Brit Awards
1
5
Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards
0
2
CMT Music Awards
0
1
Do Something Awards
0
2
Elle Style Awards
1
1
Emmy Awards
0
1
Eska Music Awards
1
1
Glamour Awards
1
1
Grammy Awards
0
13
Guinness World Records
4
4
Human Rights Campaign Gala
1
1
iHeartRadio Music Awards
1
4
Juno Awards
1
2
LOS40 Music Awards
0
3
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica
1
5
Meus Prêmios Nick
0
3
MTV Australia Awards
1
1
MTV Europe Music Awards
6
33
MTV Italian Music Awards
0
10
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil
1
2
MTV Video Music Awards
5
31
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
4
11
MuchMusic Video Awards
2
9
Myx Music Awards
2
4
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
3
15
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids’ Choice Awards
0
2
Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards
2
3
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards
1
2
NME Awards
0
4
NRJ Music Awards
3
9
People’s Choice Awards
14
24
Pop Awards
0
2
Premios Juventud
0
3
Q Awards
0
2
Radio Academy
1
1
Radio Disney Music Awards
0
5
red! Star Award
1
1
The Record of the Year
0
2
Teen Choice Awards
5
31
The Trevor Project
1
1
UNICEF
1
1
Webby Awards
2
3
YouTube Music Awards
1
2

Perry’s second studio album One of the Boys was released in 2008 and received the 2009 NRJ Music Award for International Album of the Year. Two singles from the album—”I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold”—were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009 and 2010 respectively; the former’s music video received five MTV Video Music Award nominations and the MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Pop Video. She received several Best New Artist nominations, including one at the Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2008, and won the 2008 MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act and also won the 2009 Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist. Her third album, Teenage Dream, became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs—”California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”.[1] For the feat, she received a 2011 honorary American Music Award and an entry in the 2013 edition of Guinness World Record. The album was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Firework”, and won the Juno Award for International Album of the Year.

Perry received the most nominations at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards with ten, winning Video of the Year for “Firework” and Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for “E.T.”. She became the first artist to be nominated for four different videos at a single ceremony.[2] Her single “Wide Awake” from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection—a reissue of her third album Teenage Dream—was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. In 2012, Billboard magazine declared her the “Woman of the Year” for her contributions to music.[3] Perry’s fourth album, Prism, released in 2013, produced two Canadian number-one singles “Roar”[4] and “Dark Horse”.[5] The former was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. At the following ceremony, the album received a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination while “Dark Horse” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. “Dark Horse” won Single of the Year at the 2014 American Music Awards. Perry was declared the Top Global Female Recording Artist of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[6] She has been included in the Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women In Music” from 2011 to 2016, ranking among the top ten each year.[7]

She was also honoured in November 2016 at UNICEF by Hillary Clinton, through the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.[8]

Artistry
Influences

Perry cites her sister Angela as the woman who has had the most influence on her.[268] During the early stages of her career, Perry’s musical style gravitat

ed towards gospel and she aspired to be as successful as Amy Grant.[272] At age 15, she heard “Killer Queen” by Queen, which inspired her to pursue a music career.[273] She cites the band’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, as her biggest influence and expressed how the “combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude” inspired her music.[274] She paid homage to the band by naming her third fragrance Killer Queen.[193] Perry described the Beach Boys and their album Pet Sounds as having a considerable influence on her music: “Pet Sounds is one of my favorite records and it influenced pretty much all of my songwriting. All of the melody choices that I make are because of Pet Sounds.”[275] The singer also holds the Beatles’ album The Beatles in high esteem, and described these two albums as “the only things I listened to for probably two years straight.”[276]

She cites Alanis Morissette and her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill as a significant musical inspiration, stating in 2012: “Jagged Little Pill was the most perfect female record ever made. There’s a song for anyone on that record; I relate to all those songs. They’re still so timeless.” Additionally, Perry borrows influence from Flaming Red by Patty Griffin and 10 Cent Wings by Jonatha Brooke.[277] Perry’s autobiographical documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me was largely influenced by Madonna: Truth or Dare. She admires Madonna’s ability to reinvent herself, saying “I want to evolve like Madonna”.[278]

Perry names Björk as an influence, particularly admiring her “willingness to always be taking chances”.[277] Other artists who Perry has cited as influences include Stevie Nicks,[279] ABBA, the Cardigans,[280] Cyndi Lauper,[281] Ace of Base, 3OH!3,[282] CeCe Peniston, C+C Music Factory, Black Box, Crystal Waters, Mariah Carey,[283] Heart, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Imogen Heap, Rufus Wainwright,[284] Pink,[285] and Gwen Stefani.[277] “Firework” was inspired by a passage in the book On the Road by Jack Kerouac in which the author compares people who are full of life to fireworks that shoot across the sky and make people watch in awe.[286] Her second concert tour, the California Dreams Tour, was reminiscent of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.[287] She also credits the 1996 film The Craft for inspiring her song “Dark Horse”,[288] and Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now for influencing Prism.[150]

Musical style and themes
“When I am in between records, sometimes I doubt myself. I’ll be like ‘Did I just get lucky, or did I mass-manipulate the world into thinking that seven songs were worth a number-one position?’ And then I go back into the studio and I start writing, and the true essential oil of who I am comes bubbling back up and reminds me that it’s always been inside of me, that nobody can take this away no matter what comment anyone makes.”—Perry on her confidence as a songwriter[289]
While Perry’s music incorporates pop, rock, and disco, Katy Hudson contains gospel. Her subsequent releases, One of the Boys and Teenage Dream, involve themes of sex and love. One of the Boys is a pop rock record, while Teenage Dream features disco influences.[290][291] Perry’s fourth album, Prism, is significantly influenced by dance and pop music. Lyrically, the album addresses relationships, self-reflection, and everyday life.[292] Her fifth studio effort Witness is an electropop album that she described as a “360-degree liberation” record, with themes including political liberation, sexual liberation, and liberation from negativity.[293][294] Many of her songs, particularly on Teenage Dream, reflect on love between teenagers; W magazine described the album’s sexual innuendos as “irresistible hook-laden melodies”.[33] Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry’s music.[295]

Perry has described herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star”[296] and maintains that honest songwriting is very important to her. She told Marie Claire: “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable.”[17] Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig commented that “as easy, breezy, and infectious as Perry’s songs can be, beneath the surface lurks a sea of mixed emotions, jumbled motives, and contradictory impulses complicated enough to fill a Carole King record.”[276] According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, “being taken seriously may be Perry’s greatest challenge yet.”[297] In 2013, The New York Times labeled her “the most potent pop star of the day – her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation”.[298] Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent “clichés”.[299] Throughout her career, Perry has also co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Lesley Roy,[300] Kelly Clarkson,[301] Jessie James Decker,[302] Selena Gomez & the Scene,[303][304] Britney Spears,[305] Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora,[306] Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.[307]

Voice
Perry possesses a contralto vocal range.[308][309] Her singing has received both praise and criticism. Betty Clarke of The Guardian commented that her “powerful voice is hard-edged”[310] while Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone described Perry’s vocals on Teenage Dream as “processed staccato blips”.[291] Darren Harvey of musicOMH compared Perry’s vocals on One of the Boys to Alanis Morissette’s, both possessing a “perky voice shifting octaves mid-syllable”.[311] Alex Miller from NME felt that “Perry’s problem is often her voice” on One of the Boys, stating that “somewhere along the line someone convinced her she was like, well, a ballsy rock chick”.[312] Conversely, Bernadette McNulty from The Daily Telegraph praised her “rock chick voice” in a review of a concert promoting Prism.[313]

—Perry on her confidence as a songwriter[289]
While Perry’s music incorporates pop, rock, and disco, Katy Hudson contains gospel. Her subsequent releases, One of the Boys and Teenage Dream, involve themes of sex and love. One of the Boys is a pop rock record, while Teenage Dream features disco influences.[290][291] Perry’s fourth album, Prism, is significantly influenced by dance and pop music. Lyrically, the album addresses relationships, self-reflection, and everyday life.[292] Her fifth studio effort Witness is an electropop album that she described as a “360-degree liberation” record, with themes including political liberation, sexual liberation, and liberation from negativity.[293][294] Many of her songs, particularly on Teenage Dream, reflect on love between teenagers; W magazine described the album’s sexual innuendos as “irresistible hook-laden melodies”.[33] Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry’s music.[295]

Perry has described herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star”[296] and maintains that honest songwriting is very important to her. She told Marie Claire: “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable.”[17] Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig commented that “as easy, breezy, and infectious as Perry’s songs can be, beneath the surface lurks a sea of mixed emotions, jumbled motives, and contradictory impulses complicated enough to fill a Carole King record.”[276] According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, “being taken seriously may be Perry’s greatest challenge yet.”[297] In 2013, The New York Times labeled her “the most potent pop star of the day – her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation”.[298] Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent “clichés”.[299] Throughout her career, Perry has also co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Lesley Roy,[300] Kelly Clarkson,[301] Jessie James Decker,[302] Selena Gomez & the Scene,[303][304] Britney Spears,[305] Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora,[306] Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.[307]

Discography
Main articles: Katy Perry discography and List of songs recorded by Katy Perry
Katy Hudson (2001)
One of the Boys (2008)
Teenage Dream (2010)
Prism (2013)
Witness (2017)
Smile (2020)

Filmography
Main article: Katy Perry videography
The Smurfs (2011)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Brand: A Second Coming (2015)
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour (2015)
Katy Perry: Making of the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show (2015)
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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