The Pink V. Rolling Stone Controversy, Explained

There’s *trouble* brewing…

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Ahead of the annual music awards show, Rolling Stone published an article titled “The 25 Greatest Grammy Performances Ever.” Collated by journalist Rob Sheffield, the list includes performances from Whitney Houston, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin, and Beyoncé.

However, one artist noticeably missing from the list was singer-songwriter Pink, who has performed at the prestigious event on multiple occasions, and has taken home three awards. In response, the musician made her feelings known about Rolling Stone, commenting under an Instagram post promoting the article.

Writing that the magazine has “been irrelevant since 1990,” the musician noted how Rolling Stone “used to feature people like John Lennon and Muddy Waters” and that artists like Tina Turner would be on the cover. “Then they sold out and all credibility went to s**t when ‘style over substance’ and ‘revenue over authenticity’ went into play,” Pink continued, adding that the magazine then started to focus on celebrities and reality stars rather than solely on musicians, world news, and politics.

Despite being on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2012, Pink denounced the magazine, and admitted that she has felt animosity toward the publication “for decades,” as have many other artists, according to the singer. “This isn’t about their horrendous opinion of rating Grammy performances. It’s decades of wasting trees and people’s time,” she wrote.

While Pink didn’t acknowledge the snub of her Grammy performances outright, she did post a throwback to her 2014 performance at the awards ceremony. “Just because #Grammys,” she captioned the post. The Grammys also acknowledged Pink’s past performances at the awards, highlighting her 2010 appearance in their Grammy Rewind series a couple of days prior to this year’s ceremony.