P!nk got personal at the VMAs. The “Get This Party Started” singer was the recipient of the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, and she used her acceptance speech to talk about self-acceptance.
P!nk, who walked the VMA red carpet wearing a suit and tie, took the stage to perform a medley of some of her biggest songs, including “So What” and “Don’t Let Me Get Me” before delivering a powerful speech about body image. P!nk told the crowd her speech was inspired by her 6-year-old daughter Willow, who once came to her and said she looks like a boy and is “the ugliest girl I know.”
P!nk told the VMA audience that she went home and made Willow a PowerPoint presentation of "androgynous rock stars" to show her that everyone is beautiful in their own way. The pop superstar name-checked artists like Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox, as well as other stars who “live their truth.”
“Baby girl, we don’t change,” P!nk said, telling her daughter, “we take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.”
P!nk also called her daughter beautiful and reminded her that her famous mom has never changed her appearance when people made fun of her. The pop star pointed out that she sells out arenas all over the world, then went on to tell her contemporaries that she is inspired by all of them.
Most artists should be inspired by P!nk, too. Over the years the mom of two has won six Moonmen (now called Moon Person) at the Video Music Awards, including the Video of the Year for her collaboration on “Lady Marmalade” in 2001. P!nk was handed her 2017 Video Vanguard Moon Person by longtime pal Ellen DeGeneres.