WATCH: Pink Tells Daughter ‘We Don’t Change’ in Inspiring Speech About Self-Acceptance during MTV VMAs

The throng during a Forum in Inglewood, California lifted their potion for singer Pink on Sunday when she was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2017 Video Music Awards.

Paying reverence to Pink’s 17-year prolonged career as a performer and trailblazing impact on music, cocktail culture, conform and philanthropy, a respect came with a powerhouse opening from high-flying thespian — who took a theatre to sing a miscellany of her hits including “Get This Party Started,” “So What,” “Try,” “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” “F–in’ Perfect,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” and her new single, “What About Us,” from her stirring sixth album, Beautiful Trauma

The outing down memory line embody a high 5 from her 6-year-old daughter Willow Sage — who adorably walked a red runner with her mom and dad husband Carey Hart in relating suits and sang along with her mom to a uncover (the integrate also share 8-month-old son Jameson Moon).

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After her song, Pink gave an moving debate about physique picture desirous by a time Willow told her mom, “I’m a ugliest lady we know” and “look like a child with prolonged hair.”

“‘You’re beautiful,’ ” Pink removed revelation her daughter. “When people make fun of me they contend we demeanour like a child or I’m too manly or I’m too outspoken. Do we see me flourishing my hair? Do we see me changing my body? Do we see me offered out arenas all over a world?”

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“Baby girl, we don’t change,” Pink continued, job out artists like Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, George Michael, and Elton John. “We take a sand in a bombard and make a pearl. We assistance other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty.”

She finished her debate by thanking her contemporaries — and promulgation adore to Willow again. “To all a artists here, I’m so desirous by we guys,” Pink said. “There’s so many rad s— function right now in music. Keep doing it and keep shining. And we my heavenly lady are pleasing and we adore you.”

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Since her entrance in 2000, Pink has racked adult a series of noted moments on a VMAs stage. She’s won 6 awards during a large show, including a desired Video of a Year respect for“Lady Marmalade” — her 2001 partnership with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya,

Pink final grabbed audiences on a VMA theatre in 2009 with her gravity-defying acrobatic opening of “Sober.”

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As a Video Vanguard recipient, she has now followed in a footsteps of past honorees including MadonnaBritney SpearsBeyoncéKanye West and — many recently — Rihanna.

Beautiful Trauma will see Pink, 37, returning to a domestic cocktail that’s helped make her star given her entrance single, “There You Go,” strike a charts in 2000. Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid — cowriters on Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” — helped Pink coop “What About Us.” Other tracks on a LP come from Max Martin, Julia Michaels, Greg Kurstin, Shellback, busbee, and Taylor Swift‘s latest co-operator Jack Antonoff.

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Sunday’s 2017 MTV Video Music Awards also saw performances from Kendrick LamarMiley CyrusEd SheeranFifth HarmonyLorde, Thirty Seconds to MarsShawn MendesDemi Lovato, Logic, Khalid, Julia Michaels, Post Malone,  Cardi B of “Bodak Yellow,” Rod StewartDNCE, and Katy Perry — who also hosted a uncover for a initial time.

Taylor Swift also done a stir, premiering the music video for her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma is out Oct. 13.