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Katy Perry

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Tue 17 May 2011

Katy Perry's Katy Cats were in this year's Last Fan Standing! Visit our MEET THE FANS page and watch Last Fan Standing: The Results on Friday 22 May at 5pm on 4Music.
 
Since bursting onto our TV screens in 2008, Katy Perry has come a long way!
 
The girl-kissing, Christian rock singer-turned-global pop megastar has set tongues wagging with her provocative outfits, eye-popping videos and, her high profile divorce from Russell Brand. 
 
Katy recorded her first album, which was self-titled with her birth name, Katy Hudson, in 2001. She moved to LA the following year, but had to wait a few years to clinch a record deal in 2007.
 
After that, she didn't have to wait much longer for international stardom. She released I Kissed a Girl from her second album, One Of The Boys, and found herself with a worldwide No 1 hit. Her second album Teenage Dream cemented Katy's status as a pop heavyweight. She equalled Michael Jackson's record of six consecutive No 1 singles from one album with massive hits like Firework and California Gurls and the album's re-release saw the single Part Of Me top the charts in the UK and the US.
 
Although Katy's divorce from Russell Brand had the tabloids salivating, she let the music do the talking. Katy came back with a Roar on her third album, Prism, which was chock-full of heartfelt tracks exploring the breakdown of her marriage. 
 
She's since had rumoured romances with Diplo and a well documented on-off relationship with John Mayer,which saw the pair release the heartfelt duet, Who You Love, back in 2013. Now that's a breakup song they'll never forget!
 
Katy's Prismatic World Tour with its elaborate props and colourful costumes was a huge production which showcased the best of her hits from throughout her career. She's not all show though. The singer's prolific in her support for charities and is a ardent supporter of gay rights. She's also known for her genuine love for her Katy Cats, who she keeps in touch with regularly on Twitter. So much so that in January 2014, she became the first person to gain 50 million followers.
 
In 2014, Katy founded her own record label, Metamorphosis Music and is already actively signing new artists. With her new label, frangrances and numerous sponsorship deals, it's clear that Katy may have lost Brand, but she's a huge brand in her own right.
 
There was no stopping for Katy in 2015 as she made a career milestone by following in the footsteps of Madge and Beyonce and performed at the Super Bowl. Because of it, the Left Shark will go down in history as one of the most famous backing dancers of all time.
 
Katy Perry's sold 11 million albums and 81 millions singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. And she's even got three Guiness World Records to shout about!

GALLERY: Katy Perry in pictures