Katy Perry is best known for her eccentric looks and popular dance music, but the 27-year-old singer proved quite the comedian as she hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
It's a cherry on top, Perry gushed to MTV News on the opportunity to host SNL. Most definitely, you hear with different monologues of different hosts every week, it sounds a bit repetitive and stereotypical about how this is their dream come true to host 'SNL,' but it really is each and every one of our dream come true to host 'SNL,' to just have fun, goof off, try and make some people laugh. And, we'll see. Hopefully, I don't embarrass myself 'cause if I do, I'll stick to music.
The pop singer has had a stellar year with a hugely successful tour, chart-topping dance hits, a starring role on The Smurfs and two Grammy nominations for the 2012 awards ceremony in February. The SNL gig was just the icing on Katy Perry's very large 2011 cake.
Perry was born in Santa Barbara, Calif. and grew up listening to gospel music with her Christian pastor parents. She began pursuing a career in music after getting a GED during her first year in high school. Perry released a gospel album as Katy Hudson in 2001, which was unsuccessful.
In 2007, she signed on with Capitol Music Group and adopted her stage name, Katy Perry. Her first single was Ur So Gay, which gained some attention but did not become an instant hit. When she released I Kissed A Girl in 2008, Perry made it to the top of international charts. Following her second single Hot n Cold she earned two Grammy nominations and received platinum certifications for both I Kissed A Girl and Hot n Cold. Her first album was One of the Boys, which became the 33rd best selling album internationally.
Her second and most recent album was Teenage Dream, including top hits like California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework, E.T., Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) and The One That Got Away. The album earned six Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Perry is the first female to ever have five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in one year following the release of Teenage Dream. She is also the first artist in music history to be in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for over 52 consecutive weeks. She remained in the Hot 100 for 69 weeks.