Pop singer who gained fame in 2008 after releasing the hit " I Kissed a Girl ." Her 2010 album Teenage Dream featured five songs that topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning her the distinction of being the first female artist to achieve the feat. She was voted Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2012. In 2018, she became a judge on American Idol .
As the daughter of two pastors, she was not allowed to listen to anything but gospel music while growing up.
She was featured in the 2012 3D documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, which grossed over $30 million at the box office. She also voiced the character Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs . In 2014, she became the first person to reach 50 million Twitter followers.