The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were held yesterday at the Forum in Inglewood, California — and our favorite pop-star mom, Pink, was the recipient of the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The singer is on our shortlist of celebrity moms who consistently knock us out with their accessibility, their relatability and their refusal to put up with the mom-shamers gunning for them.
Pink consistently puts her family above all, and last night was no exception. The singer arrived at the event with husband Carey Hart and daughter Willow Sage, 6 — all three decked out in seriously fabulous matching suits. And by fabulous, we mean when was the last time your family hit the town wearing black wide-legged, pin-striped suits complete with black ties? Because it's time to hook everybody up with some matching pin-striped threads for the holiday greeting cards, we're telling you.
(Baby Jameson Moon, 7 months, took the night off — it's probably tough to find a onesie that would fit in with off-the-chain three-piece suit action.)
Pink performed a killer set of a medley of her hits for the adoring crowd, including "So What," "Try," "F***in' Perfect," "Get This Party Started," "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and her new smash single, "What About Us" off her sixth album, Beautiful Trauma.
Willow sang along with her mama as she performed... and we melted into a puddle on the floor. We did. Then we cleaned ourselves up and melted all over again at Pink's acceptance speech. “It’s a very big deal,” Pink said. “And I got to bring my family, three out of four of us, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful night. I mean, there were 30 videos so far that I’ve done so it was really hard to decide where to go with it all but it’s a little bit of everything.”
Pink also used her speech to address the heartache of hearing her daughter tell her, “I’m the ugliest girl I know” and “[I] look like a boy with long hair.”
“‘You’re beautiful,’ ” Pink said she told Willow. “When people make fun of me, they say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I’m too outspoken. Do you see me growing my hair? Do you see me changing my body? Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?”
The best line of the night (hell, the best line of the decade, as far as we're concerned): “Baby girl, we don’t change,” Pink said. Preach, please.
Pink gave a nod to unique artists like Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, David Bowie and Elton John. “We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. We help other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty.”
Her bond with daughter Willow is clearly everything to her — and we couldn't love her more for it.
She signed off, “To all the artists here, I’m so inspired by you guys. There’s so much rad shit happening right now in music. Keep doing it and keep shining. And you [Willow], my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you.”
We're thinking with a mom like Pink, there's no way you don't grow up to be an incredible human.
Since Pink hit the music scene in 2000, she's been a frequent visitor to the VMAs stage, with six previous awards in her pocket — including that Video of the Year honor for "Lady Marmalade" in 2001, the collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya.
Perhaps most famously, Pink enthralled VMA audiences in 2009 with a jaw-dropping acrobatic performance of her single "Sober."
Pink now joins a very impressive club of Vanguard Video recipients: Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Rihanna. (That is a club that would leave us totally tongue-tied.)
We couldn't be happier for Pink, our total and complete #MomCrush, for showing the world she's never going to take any shit for being different — and if she has her way, no child will ever have to, either.
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