At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, fans expected a big performance from music icon Pink as she received the Video Vanguard award, honoring her amazing career. But the transcript of Pink's incredible VMAs speech is more than just a music legend feeling grateful — it's exactly what the world needed to hear.
After an incredible 17-year career, Pink had a lot of amazing songs to choose from during her performance Sunday night. But rather than focusing on a new hit single or reimagining her self, as so many artists do on big nights like tonight (oh hey, T. Swift), Pink decided to hone it in for her fans with an incredible, emotional medley of some of her greatest hits. She transitioned all of those songs, including "Get the Party Started" and "Raise Your Glass," into her new single, "What About Us." It was moving, iconic, and a fantastic way to lead into her acceptance of the Vanguard award.
But she didn't stop there.
After accepting the award from Ellen Degeneres, still out of breath from her performance, Pink began an incredible speech that is exactly what the world needs to hear right now. The transcript follows:
Basically, everyone's crying.
Pink managed to weave a story about her daughter, one that is heartbreaking and mom-inspiring, into one about following your true self, listening to what you love and who you are, and becoming a total bad*ss while doing it. That Powerpoint presentation? Pure genius. And mentioning it to an audience that is made up of dreamers, icons, fans, and kids just like her daughter, Willow, is the ultimate in goals.
Pink has never strayed from being herself — ever. It's exactly why she accepted the Vanguard award tonight. People love her for who she is, and she is unabashedly herself. And giving that confidence to her child and to the rest of the world? Well, it's priceless. If Pink's VMAs speech could be played as an anthem to everyone, every day, I think it would do the world a lot of good.