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When it comes to Grammy-winning singer/songwriter P!nk, Rolling Stone critic Robert Sheffield has said it best:
This is a prolific pop artist who is sometimes famous and successful, sometimes obscure, who nonetheless keeps making her own kind of music. Every few years, the spotlight comes back around to her — but her fans can trust that when the spotlight moves along, Pink will keep on writing Pink songs.
P!nk is a global superstar. This much is obvious. She has broken touring records in Australia more than once, she has gone platinum with her records in just about every country with a flag, and when she returned home to the U.S. after a mammoth two-year world tour, she topped the Billboard Pop Songs chart with two consecutive singles from her greatest hits compilation CD with almost zero promotion.
P!nk has won two Grammys, collaborated with Eminem and John Legend, written for Adam Lambert, contributed her vocals to several motion picture soundtracks, toured the world several times over, and yet remains a self-confessed ‘underdog’.
Like the Rolling Stone critic says, the spotlight comes back around her way every few years. For example, in 2006 she released ‘Stupid Girls’, a song which along with its accompanying music video satirised vain celebrity culture, and which led to P!nk appearing on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ to discuss the representation of women in the media.
Then, in 2008 she underwent a high-profile separation from her husband Carey Hart, resulting in the song ‘So What’ becoming the first U.S. Hot 100 single of her career. In late 2010, P!nk announced her pregnancy and she quickly became a target of tabloid fascination, with the singer revealing in November that “there was a $250,000 bounty on her [daughter Willow's] head for the first photo“.
Yet, aside from these few-and-far-between events, P!nk has maintained a relatively low profile since her debut record was released in early 2000.
The likely reason for this can be explained by P!nk herself, who was once quoted as saying:
Instead of going and becoming a cover girl and endorsement girl and popular girl and having #1s, I kind of just hit the road and pounded the pavement … and became a touring artist … You don’t have to be popular when you’re a touring artist, you just have to be good.
And so, P!nk has maintained a successful career and transitioned into a well-respected artist in her own right, as well as an acknowledged humanitarian. At the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner in 2010, P!nk was presented with the Ally for Equality award for her work with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), her advocation for marriage equality, and for many other organisations which she actively supports.
Meanwhile, at this year’s Grammy Awards, MTV reported that a replay of P!nk’s aerial performance of ‘Glitter in the Air’ at the 2010 ceremony “captivated the audience so much that when they cut back to the show, the entire crowd groaned.”
After the actual performance two years earlier, P!nk received a standing ovation from the entire audience which included Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, and Jon Bon Jovi, while the song – which was never intended to be a single – charted at number 18 on the Hot 100 based on the strength of the Grammy performance alone.
This year, P!nk is back in the studio recording her sixth album and is reportedly working with Dan Wilson, who worked heavily on Adele’s record-breaking LP ’21′. She also has a film role coming up in the ensemble comedy ‘Thanks for Sharing’, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow, and she was rumoured to have been wooed by ‘The X Factor USA’ chiefs to join its judging panel.
All of these developments would point toward the spotlight once again coming back around to her as Rolling Stone predicted it would, yet, it would seem that P!nk has never been in a stronger nor more established position in her career as she finds herself right now. It is for this reason then that P!nk, in her 13th year in the business, is one of the most important and relevant solo performers of her generation.
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