On a drive to school one morning, Willow told her mum she was “the ugliest girl I know”.
“I want people to know that Heather never marched alone, she was always joined by people from every race and every background”. And, in her acceptance speech, Pink let fans everywhere know that they don’t have to change for anyone.
After her performance was done, she then returned the stage to accept the Michael Jackson Vangard video award from Ellen DeGeneres, when she took the moment to give a powerful speech. Crew members lowered it down to the stage for her big performance, and then raised it back up again out of sight immediately after Pink jumped out.
But I didn’t say anything and instead, I went home and made a PowerPoint presentation for her. There are all kinds of beauty. “And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin”.
“Only 15 days ago, my daughter was killed as she protested racism”.
She continued: ‘I said “What do you think I look like?”
“They say that I look like a boy or I’m too masculine. My body is too strong”, said Pink. Do you see me selling arenas out all over the world? Yes. “Yes, mama.” Okay. So, baby girl. She was one of the most prepared people there, as she knew every single word to Mom’s songs, and couldn’t help but sing along when her mama was belting them out.When P!nk took the stage to perform before accepting her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Willow’s eyes were fixed on her mom’s flying auto during “Raise Your Glass” – and who could blame her?! And you, my darling girl, are handsome and I love you.
See the full speech here. It may make you a bit emotional.
She began by recounting a story from her daughter Willow, who told her mum: ‘I’m the ugliest girl I know’.
“I look like a boy with long hair”, Willow added at the time. You’re six. Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a six-year-old’s ass?
She’s still a rock star, she’s got her rock moves, and she’s the artist we need right now to temper the animosity- and betrayal-driven tunes that are all the rage right now.
“I said to her, “Do you see me growing my hair?” And to all of the artists here: I’m so inspired by all of you. Gold Derby was in the audience throughout the three-hour awards show, and we noticed quite a few things from our vantage point that you didn’t get to see on TV. Thank you for being your true selves.