Pink Stole the Show at the “VMAs” with a Speech About Her Daughter

The highlight of last night’s “VMAs” wasn’t some crazy performance, an outfit that showed too much skin, or even that old standby, two chicks making out.  It was a heartfelt and emotional speech Pink gave about her 6-year-old daughter Willow.


Pink won the Video Vanguard Award, but instead of talking about herself or her work, she went right into a story about how Willow recently called herself, quote, “the ugliest girl I know,” saying she looks like a boy with long hair.


That’s obviously a hard thing for a mother to hear, so Pink made a Power Point presentation for Willow of androgynous rock stars like Michael JacksonDavid BowieAnnie Lennox, and Elton John.


Then she told Willow that people often make fun of HER for looking like a boy or being too masculine.  And she said, “We don’t change.  We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl.


“And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.”  Willow was actually in the audience, with her dad Carey Hart.  And she was wearing a SUIT.  It was pretty awesome. 



I mean…. ????❤️???? #vmas

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(Here’s video.  Pink also did a medley of her hits.)




Here are some other highlights from the show:


1.  Kendrick Lamar kicked off the show with “DNA” and “Humble”, and his performance included a guy doing karate moves while ENGULFED IN FLAMES, plus some other dudes climbing a structure that was on fire.




2.  Lorde had such a bad case of the flu that she needed an IV.  Which might be why she didn’t sing, or even lip-sync.  She just did a weird interpretive dance to her new single, “Homemade Dynamite”.



3.  Miley Cyrus had a sock hop theme for her performance of Younger Now“, and her backup dancers looked like they were old enough to have actually gone to a few in their day.  And it looked like there might have been a drag queen or two thrown in for good measure.




4.  As promised, or threatened?  DNCE and Rod Stewart did Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.  Other than Joe Jonas’ pornstache, it wasn’t TOO uncomfortable.



5.  An actual descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee came out to preach against hate, and to introduce Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.  She announced the formation of the Heather Heyer Foundation.



6.  Jared Leto paid tribute to Chester Bennington.



7.  Host Katy Perry closed the show with Swish Swish, featuring Nicki Minaj.



(Catch more highlights from the show here and here.)


The Complete VMA Winners List


Video of the Year:  “Humble”Kendrick Lamar

Artist of the Year:  Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist:  Khalid

Best Collaboration:  “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”Zayn andTaylor Swift

Best Pop Video:  “Down”Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane

Best Rock Video:  “HeavyDirtySoul”Twenty One Pilots

Best Hip-Hop Video:  “Humble”Kendrick Lamar

Best Dance Video:  “Stay”Zedd and Alessia Cara

Song of the Summer:  “XO Tour Llif3”Lil Uzi Vert

Best Direction:  “Humble”Kendrick Lamar

Best Art Direction:  “Humble”Kendrick Lamar

Best Choreography:  “Fade”Kanye West

Best Cinematography:  “Humble”Kendrick Lamar

Best Editing:  “Young Thug”Wyclef Jean

Best Visual Effects:  “Humble”Kendrick Lamar

Michael Jackson Vanguard Award:  Pink