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Katy Perry

The singer's striking fashion choices and bold songs, including “I Kissed a Girl” and “California Gurls,” have made her a star.


Unhappy ending

Singer Katy Perry and her husband, actor Russell Brand, pictured at a benefit in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2011, announced that they were divorcing on Dec. 30. Rumors swirled after the couple, who married in October 2010, spent the Christmas holiday 7,000 miles apart. "Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends," Brand said.

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Perfume that purrs

Singer Katy Perry burst onto the music scene in 2008 with the release of her second single, "I Kissed a Girl." Now she's a major star, and with stardom comes business ventures, including her own perfume, called "Purr." She's seen here presenting it to the public in Mexico City on Feb. 5, 2011.

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How I Met Your Katy Perry

Perry made an appearance on Neil Patrick Harris' hit CBS sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother," in February 2011.

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Pumping iron

Perry accepts the Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Pop Artist awards at the 2011 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 5, 2011.

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Two wheeling it

Perry rides her bike in New York on Nov. 10, 2010.

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Two on the red carpet

Perry poses with her husband, British comic Russell Brand, on the red carpet at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, Spain, on Nov. 7, 2010. They met in the summer of 2008 and wed on Oct. 23, 2010, in India.

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Supporting the troops

Keri Hilson, left, Perry, and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles are seen onstage at the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" in San DIego on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

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Bubble up

Perry performs during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York on Nov. 10, 2010.

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Down Under

Perry performs in Melbourne, Australia, on Oct. 13, 2008.

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Live, from New York

Perry's planned appearance on "Sesame Street" was canceled after she wore a low-cut top. She later parodied the event by playing a busty teen in an Elmo shirt on "Saturday Night Live" on Sept. 26, 2010.

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Bluer than blue

Perry wore a bright blue wig to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on June 6, 2010. Later that year, similar wigs became a popular Halloween costume prop.

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Parental supervision

Brand and Perry attended the Los Angeles premiere of his film, "Get Him to the Greek," with Perry's parents, Mary and Keith Hudson. Perry's parents are both pastors, although her father has been described as having been a "West Coast scenester in the 1960s."

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Rocking the red carpet

Perry is known for her elaborate and often fanciful outfits. Here she attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 3, 2010.

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Green slime

Perry shakes off the slime next to actor Jonah Hill at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 27, 2010.

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Biting into the Big Apple

Perry arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 13, 2009. She won five VMAs in 2008, including best new artist, one in 2009, and two in 2010.

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Ask any mermaid

Perry sings from a giant shell at Life Ball 2009 in Vienna, Austria, on May 16, 2009. The Life Ball is Europe's largest event for the fight against AIDS/HIV.

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She's got the look

No one ever accused Perry of being a conventional dresser. Here, left to right, she's seen at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards and the 2010 Z100 Jingle Ball concert.

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Ho ho ho?

Wearing a Santa-themed short dress, Perry performs during Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 12, 2008.

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Kiss on my lips

Perry got dressed up as a football player and straddled a giant tube of lipstick at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 2008.

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Hail to the chief

Perry wore a canary-yellow sequined dress featuring a picture of then-newly elected President Barack Obama at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 2008.

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Her gym class hero

Before marrying Brand, Perry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. They broke up in 2008 after traveling together on the Warped Tour. McCoy is reportedly the subject of Perry's song "Circle The Drain," which includes the line "you could've been the greatest, but you'd rather get wasted."

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With the next generation

Perry poses with young singers Taylor Swift, left, and Miley Cyrus at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 2008.

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A fashion natural

Perry performed a selection of songs at the Dolce & Gabbana headquarters in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 22, 2008. She is wearing a nautical dress from the Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer collection for 2009.

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I'm blogging this

Perry has long been friendly with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. They attended her record release party for "One of the Boys" in Los Angeles on June 17, 2008.

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Controversial debut

Perry's first major label release was the single "Ur So Gay," later placed on her major label album, "One of the Boys." The song has been called homophobic, though Perry told that she didn't mean 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," she told the site. "I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever."

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Pretty in pink

Perry posted this Glamour Shot from her younger days to TwitPic in August 2010, saying "Grandma brought this one outta the closet today."

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School days

Perry was known as Katheryn Hudson when she attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., just west of Santa Barbara. She left school after her freshman year to pursue a career in music, but did earn her GED. She changed her last name to Perry, her mother's maiden name, because "Katy Hudson" was too similar to actress Kate Hudson.

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