Published On: Oct 24 2011 04:13:23 PM EDTUpdated On: Oct 23 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT
Pop singer Katy Perry has made a big impact on the music scene in the few years she has been around. In celebration of her 31st birthday Oct. 25, join us for a look at her career so far.
Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, first tried to find success as a gospel singer, releasing a self-titled album in 2001, which was unsuccessful.
A view of the back cover of the "Katy Hudson" album
Perry attends a fashion show on Jan. 21, 2004 in West Hollywood, California.
Perry rose to fame with the release of her second single "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008.
Perry's first mainstream studio album, "One of the Boys." followed later that year and subsequently became the 33rd-best selling album worldwide of 2008.
Katy Perry performing during the Warped Tour during the summer of 2008, just as her career was blowing up.
Perry performs during the Warped Tour 2008 on July 26, 2008, in Uniondale, New York.
Katy Perry performs during the MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 2008.
Katy Perry performs on stage during Z100's Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, 2008, in New York City.
Perry is seen here during a July 2, 2009, performance.
Katy Perry poses at the premiere of "This Is It" in Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 2009.
Perry served as a guest judge on a Season 9 episode of "American Idol" broadcast on Jan. 26, 2010.
Nominee Katy Perry poses on the red carpet at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010.
Katy Perry hugs actor Jonah Hill after she was slimed at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 27, 2010.
Katy Perry in the music video for "California Gurls," the first single off her second mainstream album, "Teenage Dream."
Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg perform "California Gurls" at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 6, 2010.
The cover of "Teenage Dream," which was released on Aug. 24, 2010.
Perry was supposed to appear in a Sept. 27, 2010, episode of "Sesame Street" singing a version of her hit song "Hot n Cold" to Elmo, but the segment was pulled and instead put online after parents complained about her outfit.
Perry later made light of the controversy with an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" in a low-cut Elmo shirt.
Perry released her own fragrance, Purr, in November 2010.
Perry voiced a role as herself in an episode of "The Simpsons" that ran Dec. 5, 2010. She's seen here in a promotional photo session for the show.
Katy Perry sings during a taped rehearsal for the Grammy nominations television special in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2010.
Perry guest starred in a Season 6 episode of "How I Met Your Mother" titled "Oh, Honey" that ran on Feb. 7, 2011.
Katy Perry performs "Teenage Dream" at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011.
Russell Brand and Katy Perry arrive for the European premiere of the film "Arthur" in London on April 19, 2011.
Perry at the April 30, 2011, launch event for her perfume.
Katy Perry, who voiced the character of "Smurfette" in the live action/animated movie "The Smurfs," attends the movie's premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on July 24, 2011.
Katy Perry poses with the three awards she won at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 28, 2011.
On June 5, 2012, Electronic Arts released "The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats." The game is set around her candy-themed franchise with candy-themed objects, styles, clothes, hair, patterns and more.
Perry arrives at the Australian premiere of "Part of Me" in Sydney on June 30, 2012.
Katy Perry performs at the Hollywood premiere of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" at Grauman's Chinese theatre on June 26, 2012.
The 3D documentary concert film opened on July 5, 2012, and made about $32.2 million worldwide.
Perry performing during her California Dreams Tour on Sept. 23, 2012.
Perry performs at the Kids Inaugural Concert for Children and Military Families, one of the events ahead of the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama, on Jan. 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Perry's fourth studio album, "Prism," was released on Oct. 18, 2013. The album's first single, "Roar," was released in August 2013 and climbed to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked in the top 10 in 25 different countries.
Perry arrives at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2013.
Perry arrives at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France, on Dec. 14, 2013.
Perry performs "Dark Horse" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014.
Perry attends "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles" in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2014.
Perry tweeted this selfie she took with Vice President Joe Biden in June 2014.
Perry performs at a concert commemorating the Special Olympics at the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 2014.
Perry showed off several different styles during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, including a dress designed to look like flames that she wore while riding a giant gold tiger.
Later in the Super Bowl halftime performance, she sported a beachball-themed dress while backed up by dancing sharks and beachballs.
She also donned a giant bejeweled 49 sweatshirt while performing with Missy Elliott during the halftime show.
Perry attends the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Perry went with a graffiti look, complete with a purse shaped like a can of spray paint, while attending the annual Costume Institute benefit gala at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015.
Perry is seen here during her handprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX Forecourt on Sept. 8, 2015, in Hollywood.
Perry went with a redheaded look for an event in New York City on Sept. 16, 2015.
Perry sparkles at 2015 Rock in Rio on Sept. 27, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.