Global superstar P!NK has gone from missundaztood to the recipient of one of the most recognized honors in music. P!NK will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 Video Music Awards, and the victory is long overdue. P!NK has been on the music scene since 2000, providing the world with catchy songs and anthems about rebelling against the norm and questioning society's standards. Her 2001 hit "Don't Let Me Get Me" was the personal soundtrack to so many middle school girls' lives, and that was just the beginning. She's grown, and her music, performances, vision, and fanbase have grown with her. This dedication to her craft will be spotlighted during the VMAs on August 27.
Like previous Video Vanguard honorees including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Rihanna, P!NK makes her music an experience. Although fans may have been distracted by her extensive acrobatic on-stage performances the last few years, that shouldn't distract them from how badass her music videos really are. Her commitment to transcending simple music through immersive visual storytelling is reflected in her 6.5 million YouTube subscribers and the hundreds of millions of views on every video alone. She knows what people want to watch.
Each of her videos are mini movies with creative plots, costumes, choreography, and stories to tell. For example, "Just Give Me a Reason" and "Try" deliver intimate, heart-wrenching performances with intricate, simplistic body movements while "Stupid Girls" and "Get the Party Started" are colorful displays of her rebellious personality and spunk.
As if her performances, both on screen and on stage, don't speak for themselves, the three-time Grammy Award winner has numbers to prove just how much her music speaks to people. She's sold over 42 million albums, 75 million singles, and 2.4 million DVDs worldwide, and has performed 15 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hits.
But the true beauty about P!NK's artistry is that she allows it to evolve as she grows as a woman and performer. She hit the scene with spunky pop songs, but transformed into a folk performer in the duo You + Me with Dallas Green in 2014 and performed on Kenny Chesney’s "Setting The World on Fire" (which got a Best Country Duo Grammy nomination).
But overall, P!NK stays true to the woman she was when she emerged in 2000. She calls it like she sees it and comments on society with thought-provoking music. P!NK's strong sense of self and love of music are captured in all of her endeavors, and her latest victory proves that isn't going unnoticed.