Top Artists of 2011 - Way Before The Fame

Katy Perry Today: Hard to believe that Katy Perry (Katheryn Hudson), born to conservative Christian pastors, and who sang and listened exclusively to gospel music until her teens, would turn out to be one of the pop princesses of the year in 2011 at number 3 on Billboard’s list? Although Perry just announced her relationship with the zany and unpredictable UK comedian Russell Brand has derailed, there’s no question that her musical talent is right on track for 2012. View the entire gallery at Snakkle.com. Yearbook photo by Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library. Second photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images

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2011 was a great year for music, with new and old favorites leading the charge to the top of the Billboard charts. From fresh-faced ingénues to comeback kids to dance floor superstars, the hits just kept coming. Take a look back and see if you can name these award-winning and top-charting musicians before they were famous that our friends at Snakkle.com dug up. Seems they all had star power long before they ruled the airwaves in 2011.

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