Usually Pink captivates her audience with her wild, high-energy performances on stage but last night it was her speech to her daughter that blew everyone away at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
The singer was the recipient on the night’s highest honor, the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award Sunday night. After an electric performance including a medley of some of Pink’s hit songs, she accepted the award and dedicated it to her daughter with an emotional speech from the heart.
Pink began her speech by telling a story about her six-year-old daughter who recently told her she was the ugliest girl in school and people thought she looked like a boy.
“My brain went to, ‘Oh my God, you’re six. Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a six-year-old’s ass?'” the singer joked.
Instead of doing that Pink turned to her musical inspirations of “androgynous rockstars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lenox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John, so many artists.”
Pink then explained to her daughter that people have made fun of her throughout her career, telling her that she’s too masculine or her body is too strong, but she still sells out arenas all over the world.
“We don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty,” Pink said. “And to all the artists here, I’m so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being you’re true selves and for lighting the way for us.”
“I’m so inspired by you guys. There’s so much rad sh*t happening right now in music. And keep doing it, keep shining for the rest of us to see. And you my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.”