In honor of Katy Perry's 30th bithday on Oct. 25, 2014, Billboard is taking a look back at the "California Gurl's" 30 greatest moments! From her very first album ever all the way to her most recent happenings, click through the gallery to see Katy's wild ride!
Don't worry, we're sure she'll celebrate her "Birthday" in excellent style. Party on, Katy!
Feb. 8, 2001
Katy Releases Christian Pop album Katy Hudson, her first album ever.
After being signed and dropped by other labels, Katy signs with Capitol Music Group. At Capitol, Katy worked with Dr. Luke on singles “I Kissed A Girl” (pictured) and “Hot and Cold.”
For her first summer on tour, Katy Perry performed on the Hurley.com stage of the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.
Madonna gushed over Katy’s ‘Ur So Gay’ on multiple radio shows telling DJs Johnjay & Rich, “I have a favorite song right now, it's called 'Ur So Gay' and you don't even like boys...have you heard it? You have to hear it! It's from an artist called Katy Perry...Oh it's so good, check it out on iTunes.”
May 24, 2008
Perry makes her Billboard Hot 100 arrival, as "I Kissed a Girl" smooches the chart at its No. 76 debut rank.
July 5, 2008
One of the Boys, Perry's debut album for Capitol Records, enters the Billboard 200 chart at its peak, No. 9. It goes on to spend 90 weeks on the chart. The same week, "I Kissed Girl" begins a seven-week Hot 100 reign. It tied the Beatles' iconic "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (1964) for the longest-leading debut No. 1 single in Capitol's history.
June 19, 2010
"California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), the lead single from Teenage Dream, becomes Perry's second Hot 100 No. 1.
Katy Perry's appearance on Sesame Street gets pulled from TV (but kept on the show's YouTube) after parents complained about her wardrobe and very visable cleavage.
In response to the Sesame Street controversy, during the 36th season opener of Saturday Night Live where Katy was the musical guest, Perry was featured in a skit wearing a very deep-v Elmo shirt. She later performed "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream."
Sept. 11, 2010
Teenage Dream becomes Perry's first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as it debuts atop the list, selling 192,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album doesn't exit the top 40 of the chart until more than a year later, on Oct. 15, 2011.
Oct. 23, 2010
Katy married Russell Brand in India. Brand later announced their divorce on Dec. 30, 2011.
Katy released her first fragrance Purr by Katy Perry.
Dec. 5, 2010
Katy appeared on The Simpsons as herself. Perry was not "Simpsonized," however, as the scene was live-action and featured a puppet version of Moe.
Aug. 27, 2011
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" becomes the fifth Hot 100 No. 1 from Perry's Teenage Dream album, tying the set with Michael Jackson's Bad (1987-88) for the most leaders ever from an album.
Sept. 17, 2011
As "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" spends its final week in the Hot 100's top 10, Perry logs her record 69th consecutive week in the region. Thanks to her string of hits from Teenage Dream, she obliterated the old record of 48 straight weeks in the top 10 for an artist set by Ace of Base in 1993-94.
March 3, 2012
Perry lands her first No. 1 debut on the Hot 100, as "Part of Me" blasts in at the summit.
July 5, 2012
The feature film Katy Perry: Part of Me was released in theaters. The tour doc followed Perry around and showed her life behind the scenes, including her marital woes.
Katy Perry starts dating fellow musician John Mayer, for the first time. The two would later break-up and get back together again.
Katy Perry was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
Katy Perry appeared on her first American Vogue cover.
Nov. 9, 2013
Perry's third Capitol album, PRISM, shines bright at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, debuting with 286,000 copies sold, her best sales week yet.
Dec. 17, 2013
While the love ultimately didn’t last, the love between Katy Perry and John Mayer will be immortalized in video form for their duet “Who You Love" forever.
May 18, 2014
The birthday girl celebrated early by performing her hit single “Birthday” at the Billboard Music Awards in May.
June 17, 2014
Katy Perry has announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music, her new joint venture record label with Capitol Records. Her first signing is multi-dimensional pop singer Ferras (pictured on stage with Katy during her 2014 Prismatic World Tour).
July 31, 2014
Easy, breezy, and carefree, Perry’s music video for “This Is How We Do” was an anthem to being young and fun.