Katy Perry

When Katy Perry was a fourth grader, her teacher asked the class to make a vision board a collage of images cut out from magazines that represents the dreams and aspirations you hope to manifest in life. The year was 1993 and Selena had just won a Grammy Award, so nine-year-old Katy chose a photo of the young Latin pop singer holding her golden statuette. Fifteen years later, Perry has been nominated for her first Grammy Award in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for her ubiquitous No. 1 single, "I Kissed a Girl," from her platinum Top 10 album One of the Boys, and has been chosen as this years My GRAMMY Moment artist. Current sales check in at over 2 million albums and more than 13 million tracks, singles and mobile product globally.

I found my vision board when I moved apartments recently, says Perry, now 24. I knew where I wanted to be even as a young kid. I just didnt know that if I put one foot in front of the other, I would actually get there someday.

Perrys willful determination, not to mention her songwriting and vocal talent and larger-than-life charisma, have led to an astonishing year for the saucer-eyed, raven-haired pop starlet, who, with her cheeky sense of humor and sexy pin-up girl style, was the breakthrough star of 2008 as Blender magazine put it in the issue that featured Perry on the cover.

You could say it all started in April 2008 when Madonna told Ryan Seacrest that Perrys Ur So Gay (off her November 2007 EP of the same name) a withering kiss-off to a metrosexual ex was her favorite song. It may have been a small comment on her behalf, but it was a large comment in my world, Perry recalls. It was like a big boat leaving the dock and getting a champagne send-off. Shortly after being anointed by the Queen of Pop, Perry released her debut single I Kissed A Girl a provocative ode to the beauty of women that ruled radio over the summer of 2008, becoming an all-format hit and shooting to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed put for seven straight weeks and tied The Beatles Capitol Records record for weeks at No. 1. The video was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards, including a nod for Perry for Best New Artist and became the No. 1 most viewed music video of 2008 on MySpace. A No. 1 airplay smash in 22 countries and the 2009 Peoples Choice award winner for Favorite Pop Song, I Kissed A Girl has sold more than six million tracks worldwide. Its popularity also made Perry a ripe target for Fox News commentator Bill OReilly, who convened a panel of hand-wringing analysts to discuss the effect of the song on Americas impressionable youth. Perry was also voted Best New Artist by readers of Rolling Stone and PerezHilton.com

On June 17, 2008, EMI Music released One of the Boys, a witty romp through Perrys brightly colored world that showcases her sharp, candid lyrics, big voice, and feisty, girl-power swagger, as well as her appealing vulnerability on songs like her latest single, Thinking Of You. I think people can appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides, she says. The whole angst thing is cool, but if thats all youve got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether its happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it. Case in point: the albums spunky, high-voltage second single Hot N Cold, which became Perrys second No. 1 single and international hit, selling nearly three million digital tracks since its release. The eye-popping video, with its hilarious wedding theme, became the No. 2 most-viewed premiere of all time on MySpace, proving to armchair critics and naysayers that the success of this irrepressible young woman in the satin onesie and fishnets was no fluke. When Saturday Night Live spoofed her, it was official: Katy Perry was a bonafide cultural phenomenon.

Source: Artist Facebook Page

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