Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter.
After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
David described her as a tomboy during her adolescence.
"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.
Her fifth album, Witness, followed in 2017 and delved into electropop.
Perry has received many awards, including four Guinness World Records, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award, and has been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" (2011–2016).
A campaign was started with the November 2007 release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market.