The Video Vanguard Award is one of the only MTV聽VMA winners that fans know about ahead of the live show. This year鈥檚 recipient was Pink, whose epic live performances and 30-plus music videos have made her a favorite at past VMAs. As the Vanguard honoree for 2017, she staged yet another showstopping set 鈥 but it was her acceptance speech that really left an impression.

Speaking both to the audience and to her six-year-old daughter, Willow (who wore a suit that matched her mom鈥檚 on the VMAs red carpet), the 鈥淲hat About Us鈥 singer recounted a heartbreaking story about something that happened last week while she was driving Willow to school.

Pink said Willow told her, 鈥淚鈥檓 the ugliest girl I know鈥 and 鈥淚 look like a boy with long hair.鈥 Naturally, the singer鈥檚 first reaction was to go into mama bear mode. But then she went home and 鈥渕ade a PowerPoint presentation鈥 to show her daughter all the 鈥渁ndrogynous rock stars鈥 and artists who have changed the world.

鈥淭hese are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie,鈥 she said. 鈥淎nd Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John. So many artists.鈥 And then, Pink shared some wisdom.

鈥淲hen people make fun of me, that鈥檚 what they use,鈥 she said. 鈥淭hey say I look like a boy, or I鈥檓 too masculine, I have too many opinions, my body is too strong.鈥 Pink then asked her daughter if she had ever seen her mom change for the world. She hadn鈥檛, of course. But she has seen her mom succeed.

鈥淲e don鈥檛 change. We take the gravel and the shell, and we make the pearl. We help other people to change, to see more kinds of beauty,鈥 Pink explained before thanking all the other artists in the arena.

At the end of her speech, she looked toward her daughter and said, 鈥淵ou are beautiful, and I love you.鈥

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