#70 – Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
October 25, 1984
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Singer

Katy’s debut single I Kissed A Girl hit number one in over 20 countries.

She’s appeared on both The Simpsons and Sesame Street as herself.

She released an album of Christian music in 2001, under her birth name Katy Hudson.

She kissed a girl, and she liked it – and so did pretty much everyone else on the planet. In terms of starting your pop career off with a splash, Katy Perry certainly hit the jackpot with I Kissed A Girl, making herself an overnight global megastar with nought but a catchy melody, a saucy video and a frank admission of girl-of-girl snoggery – looking back, you wonder why someone didn’t do it sooner.

Perry cannily avoided one-hit wonder status with a string of similarly addictive ditties – none of them, sadly, featuring any further gay-lady confessions – and became a permanent tabloid fixture when she shacked up with wayward, wild-haired funnyman Russell Brand. Alas, the Perry/Brand marriage was not to last, although Katy immediately bounced back with the 3D concert/documentary Part Of Me, which for many of us was as close as we’ll ever get to seeing her buxom Californian charms in three eye-popping dimensions.

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