Pink is making the 2019 Country Music Association Awards a family night out.
Ahead of the show, the singer — who is scheduled to perform her duet with Chris Stapleton, “Love Me Anyway,” during the ceremony — hit the red carpet and posed for pictures with her husband, Carey Hart, and their two kids: daughter Willow and son Jameson.
Pink, 40, rocked a burnt-orange dress and black hat and her husband, 44, coordinated in a black suit.
Meanwhile, her kids played into the country theme. Willow, 8½, looked adorable in a white dress with detailing of two horses and her brother Jameson, who turns 3 on Dec. 26, wore a cowboy hat, a studded jacket and cowboy boots.
While speaking to Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet, Pink said that she and Stapleton, 41, have yet to get their kids together for a playdate (Stapleton shares five kids with wife Morgane, 36).
“We live on opposite ends of the coasts, but we do have a record player and [Stapleton’s album] Traveller gets spun a lot in our house,” she said.
Pink also acknowledged her and Hart’s upcoming 14-year-anniversary of marriage by saying, “He deserves a trophy!”
“It’s been a while,” she continued. “We used to make a big deal out of it. Now, we’re just lucky to be together.”
As to how she and Hart keep the flame alive, Pink said, “We fight nicer.”
P!nk—A.K.A. Alecia Moore—wears many hats. On top of being a world-renowned singer and songwriter, she owns Two Wolves Wine, where she serves as winemaker and vigneron. She opened several bottles during a wonderful lakeside Thanksgiving dinner she hosted for us and her friends in Santa Barbara (featured in our November issue), and also joined our Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle in a game of Sip, Savor, Spit. However, instead of having her identify wines, Isle has P!nk try out a trio of different whiskeys. As it turns out, she has a talent for identifying single malt scotch.
The rules are simple: P!nk has to decide which whiskey she’d sip, or drink on a daily basis, which she’d savor—Isle defines “savor” as delicious, wonderful, and the best thing ever—and which whiskey she’d spit. Isle has three bottles hidden in bags to conceal their labels, and explains they are all from different countries. “So Ireland, Scotland, and the United States?” she quips, and Isle responds “you’re very smart.”
As they try the three whiskeys, Isle chats with P!nk about how she made the leap from being a singer to buying a vineyard and making wine. She explains that music and performance art has brought her all over the world on tour, shuffling between countless hotels and venues. On a rare day off, she enjoys heading somewhere quiet in nature, and somewhere where she can learn—over time, that became vineyards, and Two Wolves was born.
Ultimately, she decides that whiskey number one is her least favorite—although she says she’d never spit whiskey—which turns out to be Four Roses Small Batch Select. (Isle notes it has a very high proof, at 104.) Whiskey number two ends up being her “sip,” Jameson Cooper’s Croze Triple Distilled (86-proof), which she noted was very smooth. Last, she identifies whiskey number three as her “savor,” a Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch, aged 10 years (86-proof). She loved its smoky, peaty flavor, and almost guessed the exact bottle on the nose.
At the close of the segment, P!nk and Isle try two of her wines—a 2016 Graciano and a 2016 Cabernet Franc—while she explains the story behind the Two Wolves name. It comes from a parable in which a grandfather explains to his grandson that we all have a war inside each of us, the war of two wolves. One represents greed, jealousy, anger, and fear, while the other represents love, compassion, generosity, and kindness. Which wolf wins? The one you feed.
“To me, that’s always given me shivers up my spine, because it’s all about balance, right?” she tells Isle. “I’ve been in places in my life where I’ve been completely out of balance and in a bad place. And I have found balance in my life and I think the same happens in a bottle of wine.”
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.”
The E! People’s Choice Awards Champion honoree brings her adorable kids and hubby Carey Hart to the 2019 People’s Choice Awards.
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.
Call this Thanksgiving a tale of two women.
One, Alecia Moore, is a winemaker and vigneron. She grows her grapes on 25 acres of vines in Santa Barbara County. As fellow local winemaker Alison Thomson of L.A. Lepiane says, “It was funny meeting Alecia—we’re the same age; we have girls the same age; we both had dads named Jim; our moms were both nurses. It’s really weird. But she’s really dedicated, and her approach really jibes with mine.” She adds, “I knew this wasn’t just going to be some celebrity wine brand.”
That’s because the other woman is P!nk: superstar pop icon, given to belting out hit songs while flying acrobatically on wires over thousands of screaming fans. (And on key, by the way; no auto-tune for this singer.) They’re the same person—Alecia Moore is P!nk—but today, at the Thanksgiving dinner she’s throwing for her friends, it’s the winemaker who’s running the show.
Along with chef Robbie Grantham-Wise, of course. A lean Englishman in his fifties, Grantham-Wise has made a career cooking with rock stars: Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey. But he’s been cooking for Moore for 10 years now, and they have a kind of food-wine mind meld going on. The menu today—turkey smoked over oak barrel staves with red wine gravy, creamed corn grits, a red cabbage salad with baked cherries and sliced apples, and more—they came up with together. Still, Grantham-Wise says, “It’s really all about showing off the wine.”
By 3 p.m. Moore’s guests are down by the lake at the palapa—a kind of thatched-roof pavilion with no walls. It’s an excellent location, given Santa Barbara’s benign climate, for a lakeside Thanksgiving dinner. It’s also a frequent site for epic games of beer pong, “with Home Depot buckets and Wiffle balls,” Carey Hart, Moore’s husband, says. The group is a city-and-country combo: first, L.A. friends like actor Kerri Kenney-Silver and her husband, Steven; Grant Breding, who oversees retail at LACMA; and Reina Hidalgo, a choreographer and dancer in Moore’s band. Then there are local wine folk: Chad Melville and his wife, Mary; Alison Thomson, Moore’s assistant winemaker; and Moore’s vineyard manager, Ben Merz, and his wife, Kim. A light breeze wafts the scent of smoldering sage bundles through the air. Music—“Bad Luck” by Neko Case, “Pa’lante” by Hurray for the Riff Raff, “Timshel” by Mumford & Sons—also floats through from the outdoor speakers at the house above.
When the first course, a salad of shaved fennel and celery, goat cheese, and pickled grapes from Moore’s vineyard, arrives, people have already started opening bottles of Two Wolves rosé. Made with Grenache from her vineyard, it’s crisp and refreshing, full of bright strawberry-raspberry notes. “If I were going to say something about Thanksgiving,” Moore says, getting everyone’s attention, “it’s that it ought to be an ode to the Native Americans that really own this land.” You get the sense she means not just her land but all the land across the USA; there’s a general murmur of agreement around the table. A few moments later, glass of wine in hand, she’s talking to Ben Merz about her last tour: “We had this two-and-a-half-minute video we’d play, which was sort of me from 19 to now, and it mentioned Black Lives Matter, and I’ve got all this diversity on stage with me—black, white, female, male, gay, straight. One show, out in the audience, there’s this bearded motorcycle guy looking really put upon by all this. And next to him is this gay guy in rainbow spandex … and by the end of the show they’re both having a great time dancing together! That’s what music does, and what wine and food do, too.” She pauses, wiggles, and looks irked. “This chair is broken—Carey Hart! Do you have any superglue?”
Hart, who’s giving their two-year-old son, Jameson, slices of apple, calls back, “No!” To Jameson he says, “Straight off the tree, bud.”
“Apple!” says Jameson cheerfully.
“What kind of a man are you?” Moore says.
“A man who doesn’t use superglue. I weld things,” says Hart. To Jameson: “Yeah, bud. That’s right. Apple.”
With the turkey, which is stunning, surrounded by roasted squash, corn, and sweet potatoes, Moore pours her 2016 Cabernet Franc. “It’s my star,” she says. The wine lives up to that. Intense and layered, it’s ample proof of Chad Melville’s comments earlier: Moore isn’t just a celebrity name attached to a wine brand. Whenever she’s on her property, she’s out in the vineyards working, and during harvest she’s in the winery full-time, tasting, punching down the caps on fermenting tanks of grapes, making blending calls. Alison Thomson, her assistant winemaker, supplies some technical knowledge from a UC Davis degree in viticulture. She’s been here from the start, working side by side with Moore, and says, “It’s really cool to come up with a whole new program. What are we going to do? Rosé? Sémillon? It’s like, let’s just try stuff! Alecia loves to experiment. And the vineyard is amazing—the Syrah we have planted down there is some of the best Syrah I’ve ever worked with.” (Side note: Chad Melville’s Syrahs are some of the best in the state, and since that’s who Thomson worked with prior to meeting Moore, she knows whereof she speaks.)
Before dessert, Moore stands up and pings a glass with her knife. “I want to take a vote!” There are 18 people around the table, and she wants to know which of her wines they feel is the food-friendliest. Rosé? The Cab Franc? The Cabernet Sauvignon?
The vote splits evenly, and Moore looks mock-aghast. “Six-six-six? Great. So basically we’re channeling Ozzy Osbourne.”
Everyone’s drinking and eating, everyone’s having fun, and feelings of thanks for all this—friends, food, a beautiful day—are in the air. Moore playfully recalls another Thanksgiving; her worst ever, she says. “Me and Carey were in our early twenties, living in Sherman Oaks, and his dad shows up at 10 a.m. with three bottles of Patrón. Downhill from there.” The meal ended with a food fight involving mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. The turkeys themselves were frozen (“I was like 22; no one told me I had to thaw them”), the dog ran off with a turkey leg, a cigarette left on an oven mitt set the bedroom on fire, and eventually Moore ended up trying to slash the tires on Hart’s F-250 truck with a kitchen knife because she was pissed off at him, landing in the hospital with 13 stitches in her hand “because that’s my lucky number.” Finally, at 11 p.m., everyone ate. “And we’ve been together 17 years now,” she adds sweetly.
Hart shrugs. “My family’s Irish. At our Thanksgivings, by 3 p.m. someone’s crying and someone’s bleeding, and by 5 everyone’s happy again.”
Today, no one’s crying or bleeding, and everyone is very happy indeed with the final pairing, which is the Two Wolves Petit Verdot, an intense but brightly tart red, with Moore’s own sweet potato pie. Does the pairing work? She wants to know. Down the table, Kerri Kenney-Silver says, “It’s unexpected and weird and funky and awesome.”
Moore looks happy. “Some things just work,” she says. “Sort of like a 39-year-old butch female in a tutu flying through the air singing love songs to children.”
“Forty-two sold-out dates in Australia,” Reina Hidalgo says.
“Hey, cheers to that!” Moore replies, raising her glass.