The 26-year-old singer was often at the center of the pop culture universe this year with a blockbuster album, a romance with a British bad boy, and a scandalous run-in with Elmo.

By EW Staff
December 03, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

1/1: KATY & RUSSELL 4-EVA
English comedian/professional naughty person Russell Brand proposes to his pop-star love, months after the romance began at September 2009’s VMAs.

1/13: SKIN TRADE
Perry becomes the latest celeb to promote the acne treatment Proactiv.

1/26: MEOW, PART 2
Things get hissy between guest American Idol judge Perry and Kara DioGuardi when Perry fails to be swayed by contestants’ backstories: ”This is not a Lifetime movie.”

6/20: CANADIAN ACHIN’
After wiping out while dancing at a Toronto club, Perry is given 17 stitches in her right leg.

8/24: DREAM DATE
Perry’s album Teenage Dream debuts at No. 1. The video for her first single, ”California Gurls,” features her now-infamous whipped-cream boob bazookas.

9/17: SKIRT CHASERS
Brand is arrested at LAX for attacking a paparazzo who allegedly tried to take an intrusive photo of Perry. (In November, the case is dismissed.)

9/20: BOOBGATE!
Parents balk at the pop singer’s semi-exposed cleavage in a preview clip of her Sesame Street appearance singing ”Hot N Cold” with Elmo. Three days later, Sesame Workshop announces that it will remove Perry from the show’s 41st-season premiere.

9/25: LAST LAUGH
Perry pokes fun at the Sesame scandal on SNL with a too-too-tight Elmo T-shirt.

10/23: WEDDED BLISS
Perry and Brand marry in a traditional ceremony in India complete with elephants; she tweets a plea for privacy.

11/16: MEOW!
The feline-loving singer unveils her own perfume, called Purr.

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