The MTV's Video Music Awards' Michael Jackson video vanguard award-winner accepted her award with a touching, heartfelt story on loving yourself just the way you are. Pink began by telling a story of her daughter, Willow, announcing in the car one day that she was "the ugliest girl [she] know[s]." While Pink was (understandably) shocked upon asking why her daughter felt this way, Willow revealed that it was because she "looked like a boy with long hair."
In Mom of the year fashion, Pink responded by making a PowerPoint presentation for her daughter of famous androgynous rock stars, including Prince, Annie Lennox and Janis Joplin, among others. She ended by telling her daughter that she herself had been criticized for looking like a boy and being too masculine with too many opinions, but that we don't change for the haters. "We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl," she said, "and we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty."
2. She's Not Just Some "Stupid Girl"
One of Pink's earlier hits was "Stupid Girls," a song lamenting the role women had been forced to play in music and society. With lyrics like, "What happened to the dream of a girl president?/ She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent" and "I'm so glad that I'll never fit in/ That will never be me/ Outcasts and girls with ambition/ That's what I wanna see," Pink established her credibility as a pop star with a message. Although now both the song and video -- which features Pink playing various "Stupid Girl" personas and mocking celebrities like Paris Hilton -- have received criticism for its judgmental approach to feminism, it remains an important landmark of individuality and self-empowerment in music.
3. Breaking Down Gender Norms, One Proposal At A Time
Even in love, Pink defies stereotypes. Pink and husband Carey Hart have been married for 11 years now, separating in 2008 but reconciling by 2010. They now have two children, daughter Willow and son Jameson, and one of the best proposal stories of the decade: Hart, a motocross racer, was actually racing when Pink scrawled on a pit board, "Will U Marry Me? Serious!" He then veered off the track to accept, proving that modern love doesn't have to be constrained by traditional gender norms.