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Katy Perry Biography

Birth Name:
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Birth Place:
Santa Barbara, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Raised in a strict religious household by Christian-evangelist parents; rock music was banned in her house growing up
  • Released a self-titled gospel album at age 16 under the name Katy Hudson
  • Adopted the stage name Katy Perry (using her mother's maiden name) to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson
  • Featured her parents in her wedding-themed video for "Hot N Cold
  • " Named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2013 and later received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for her work with the group
  • Became a Covergirl spokesperson in 2013; she later launched her own line of makeup with them called Katy Kat
  • Campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential election and spoke and performed at the Democratic National Convention that year


  • 2012People's Choice Awards-Favorite TV Guest Star: winner