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 30th 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 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.
Katy Perry performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York on Aug. 29, 2008.
Katy Perry performs during the MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 2008.
Katy Perry performs at the Jingle Ball concert in Anaheim, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2008.
Katy Perry performs at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009.
Katy Perry performs on stage during the 17th Life Ball, Europe's largest annual AIDS charity, in Vienna on May 16, 2009.
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.
Katy Perry performs during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York City on Nov. 10, 2010.
Katy Perry performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York City on Dec. 10, 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.
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.
Katy Perry goes pink with performance at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2011.
Katy Perry performs at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2012.
Katy Perry arrives at the 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on April 18, 2012.
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.
Katy Perry poses at the premiere of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on June 26, 2012.
Katy Perry performs at the premiere of "Katy Perry: Part of Me" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on June 26, 2012.
The 3D documentary concert film opened on July 5, 2012, and made about $32.2 million worldwide.
Katy Perry flashes a victory sign before the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore on Sept. 23, 2012.