The American singer song writer has come a long way since her days in RnB groups in the 90s. From ‘Lady Marmalade’ to ‘Most Girls’ and multiple Grammys later, Pink has been setting hearts on fire for over two decades. Her most recent album Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping which came out last year was equal parts fun and reminded what the Los Angeles Times once wisely informed us two decades ago – “Pink stood up for her music, broke the music industry’s mold and scored a breakout hit, challenging a school of teen singers to find their own sounds as well. Pink also started a race among other teen pop stars like Christina Aguilera to add substance to their own sound.”
The early 80s and 90s Pink was incredibly empowering and she also did her best work in that decade. From adapting to new musical styles and influencing countless others Pink was at times as monumental a figure as Madonna. The blazing iconography, the powerful songs, the heartfelt lyrics, Pink was all over the place right from the start. Her music was as honest, unflinching and peppy in its pop power. She defined the meaning of a new type of radical feminism for a generation.
MTV once remarked “She’s the total pop-star package, everything you’d want in a singer/entertainer/icon. And still, she remains oddly off the radar. Such is the price of busting borders”. Pink has made comeback after comeback and her consistency in her music performances over the years is a testament to her talents. Pink’s work has inspired several talented artists ranging from Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Tegan and Sara, Ashley Tisdale, Alessia Cara, Victoria Justice, and Adele.
The fact that Pink is a multi-platinum pop star who has worked in a variety of genres is often overlooked. She started her career as a member of the R&B group Choice, though her breakthrough moment arguably came from “Lady Marmalade,” a track she did with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya for the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge! Since then, she’s collaborated with on songs with Sia and Nate Ruess of fun. and made an entire album with Canadian indie-folk singer Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour. Her latest album, Beautiful Trauma, features a track with Eminem.
She has always been outspoken about her political activism. In an interview with NPR she about her activist side. She grew up with a Vietnam vet dad and a Vietnam vet stepmom and a nurse for a mom. She said “I grew up listening to rock and roll and, you know, protest music. And I feel like with songs like “What About Us” and “Dear Mr. President” and even “Stupid Girls,” I’m doing my part a little bit. It’s very clear who I am and what I believe in. I’ve been marching and protesting. And, yes, I could do so much more. Honestly, I could do so much more.”
It’s always been fun rocking out to Pink and hopefully we’ll see more of her in the days to come!