Pink is officially a champion!
On Sunday, the Grammy-winning singer was honored with the People’s Champion Award at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards. Last year, Bryan Stevenson was presented with the honor.
“I know that one person can make a difference,” she said upon accepting her award. “You feel like you don’t matter? Feel like your life doesn’t matter? Get involved. You can’t tell me, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Gloria Steinem, Anita Hill, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg … Tell me one person can’t make a difference.”
Pink added, “There is so much to be done. I don’t care about your politics, I care about your kids. I care about decency and humanity and kindness. Kindness today is an act of rebellion. There are people who don’t have what you have, help them get it. There is a planet that needs help, it feels good to help. Stop fighting each other and help each other. Get together with your friends and change the f—ing world.”
The win comes after the pop star turned 40 on Sept. 8, telling Billboard she celebrated with a surprise birthday party thrown by her husband Carey Hart, 44, and their kids: 8-year-old daughter Willow and 2-year-old son Jameson. “Forty was the first birthday I’ve had where I’ve been like, ‘F— yeah, this is awesome! Yes! I know exactly who I am!’ And now I can just chill out a little bit,” she said.
“And then 60 is going to be like, ‘F— that, turn it back up.’ I’m going to be on roller skates, with f— rollers in my hair, house plants everywhere,” she added.
With a new award under her belt, Pink indeed has a new accolade to celebrate when her 60th birthday comes around.
The “Who Knew” singer also won the Legend of Live and Tour of the Year Award at the 2019 Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards earlier this month on Nov. 5. During a heartfelt acceptance speech, she thanked her manager Roger Davies and her crew.
“I would love to accept this award and put it down to my charm and wit and humor and parenting skills, but it’s actually none of that,” she said. “That wouldn’t be authentic for me, what it is, is relationships and I happen to have one of the most special relationships in the world which is with a very brilliant, and a very good man named Roger Davies.”
“Roger is a master of connection. He is a visionary, he is brilliant and he is good,” she added.
“He met me when I was 21, Missundaztood was about to come out, I’m now 40, thank you,” she joked. “But he listened to my ideas and he listened to my plans and then he sat me down and said you’re f— crazy, but it can be even better than you think. You just have to trust and work really f— hard.”
In this week’s episode of ‘My Billboard Moment,’ P!nk reflects upon when her latest album Hurts 2B Human went No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and how she thought that is was her second chart-topping album, when really, it was her third.
P!nk tells Billboard that she was really excited when she found out that her 2019 release Hurts 2B Human was a No. 1 record.
“I was like, that’s two in a row, I just got two albums in a row, No. 1. That’s huge for me,” she recalls telling people at the time. However, they then informed her that it was actually her third No. 1 album, not her second.
She still insisted it was her second, noting that a chart-topping album isn’t something someone would forget. When told that 2012’s The Truth About Love was No. 1, she replied, “That album went No. 1? Again, no one tells me anything.”
“I had no idea, so it was my third,” she continues. “I had no idea. I had to throw an extra party ’cause I missed the first one!”
You can watch the full video above, and watch P!nk take a look back at some memorable moments in her career below.
On Tuesday night (Nov. 5), the Billboard Live Music Summit belonged to P!nk.
The pop icon graced the Montage Beverly Hills on Tuesday night (Nov. 5) to accept the award for Legend of Live + Tour of the Year, awarded on the basis of her top-grossing 2018/2019 Beautiful Trauma World Tour. Clad in a hot pink suit, the singer took the stage to deliver a heartfelt speech that paid tribute to her longtime manager Roger Davies.
“Roger is a master of connection. He is a visionary. He is brilliant and he is good,” she said. “He met me when I was 21 and Missundaztood was about to come out…he listened to my ideas and he listened to my plans. And then he sat me down and said, ‘You’re fucking crazy. But it can be even better than you think. You just have to trust and work really f—ing hard.’ And he convinced promoters such as one of the loves of my life, Barrie Marshall, to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars on me — sorry — which would be made back 10 to 15 years later.”
It’s safe to say that Marshall’s bet paid off. The Beautiful Trauma World Tour now ranks as the 10th highest-grossing tour in Billboard Boxscore’s history with total grosses of $393.7 million and over three million tickets sold. As Billboard editorial director Hannah Karp pointed out in her opening remarks, Beautiful Trauma is also the highest-grossing tour for a female artist in more than a decade.
“Every single person on this team is as good as it gets,” P!nk continued. “And they work their asses off and they are masters of their craft. I know my riggers’ wives’ names. I know what my sound guys like to drink, and when. Everybody that’s here, I love you so much, you’re the best of the f—ing best.”
P!nk is a Grammy award-winning artist, but during a recent interview with Billboard she recalled one her of favorite Grammy memories — one where she went home with something much more special than a golden gramophone.
The year was 2003, and Missundaztood was up for Best Pop Album while its hit single “Get The Party Started” was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It was the young artist’s first solo nomination (she won a Grammy the year prior for her work on the “Miss Marmalade” collaboration). When the winners were announced and her name wasn’t called, P!nk burst into tears. But an attendee sitting in front of her made sure her night wasn’t ruined.
“I was with [my husband] Carey, and I was holding on to his arm so f**king tight because I wanted it so bad,” she explained. Robin Williams happened to be seated in front of her and without hesitation proceeded to conduct “a 15-minute stand-up routine” for the singer to distract her from the night’s disappointing results.
“He made fun of everybody that walked by. He was so compassionate and lovely to me that it ended up being one of my favorite moments of my career,” she gushed. Now well-established and a bona fide star, P!nk treasures that moment more than an award. “I was so glad I f**king lost,” she divulged. “My Grammy would be sitting down at my guesthouse collecting dust, but I have the memory of Robin Williams being an amazing person.”
In that same interview, the 40-year-old pop star revealed why she decided to turn down an opportunity to headline Super Bowl LIV. Read the full interview here.
E!’s 2019 People’s Choice Awards are just around the corner, and the network announced on Tuesday (Oct. 29) that P!nk will be honored as The People’s Champion of 2019.
“There are so many wonderful organizations and individuals doing extraordinary things in our communities every single day,” said the songstress in a press statement. “These are our everyday warriors and champions. They teach us and our children that it’s cool to be kind and that change is possible. I feel honored to be a small part of that change and will continue to be a champion for the truth and for open minds and open hearts.”
The “What About Us” singer will be recognized for her work with a number of organizations, including No Kid Hungry, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Planned Parenthood, REVERB, Autism Speaks and Human Rights Campaign, and as an ambassador for UNICEF.
The songstress is also nominated for a few awards at the ceremony, female artist of 2019 and concert tour of 2019.
The 2019 People’s Choice Awards will air live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The American Music Awards are just a month away, and the nominations have arrived.
Voting is now open for all AMAs categories at goo.gle/AMAsVote or by going to Google.com and using the search terms “AMAs Vote” or “[Nominee Name] AMAs Vote.” Voting will close on Nov. 20.
The 2019 AMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 24 at at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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