Born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, Katy Perry today is one of the most recognizable names in pop music today. Her self-titled first album was unsuccessful. It was in 2008 that she rose to fame with her singles I Kissed a Girl and Hot n Cold.

Over years she has experimented with the pop-rock genre and has given more hits like ‘Roar’ and ‘Dark Horse’. With her 2017 album Witness, she has ventured into electropop.

Katy Perry is one of the most bankable pop stars of her generation having sold over 40 million albums and over 100 million records. In 2018, she also started serving as a judge of the musical reality show – American Idol.

#1. She goes by stage name Katy Perry to avoid being mistaken for Almost Famous actress Kate Hudson.

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#2. She lent her voice for Smurfette in the animated movie The Smurfs and its sequel The Smurfs 2.

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#3. She has a contralto vocal range which is very rare. This is the lowest range a female voice can go.

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#4. Her idols are Canadian singer Alanis Morrissette and legend Freddy Mercury of Queen.

#5. She was discovered singing at a church choir by Nashville producers.

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#6. Katy Perry has written songs for other pop stars like Selena Gomez and Kelly Clarkson when starting out.

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#7. She grew up singing Christian Pop and even learned Italian opera.

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#8. Barbie released a Katy Perry Barbie Doll in 2011.

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#9. In 2014, Katy Perry started her music label called Metamorphosis Music, now known as Unsub Records.

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#10. Katy Perry does her bit for philanthropy; she is a staunch advocate for LGBTQ rights and rallies for HIV/AIDS healthcare causes.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 18: Honoree Katy Perry accepts the HRC National Equality Award onstage the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

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