Scaling a Building, Pink Made a Meme About Herself Come True During the AMAs

When it was announced that Pink would be receiving this year’s Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs, someone named Leigh McVeigh made a good tweet that referenced the pop star’s predilection for acrobatic performances:

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Annnd, three months later the meme came true. During tonight’s American Music Awards, Pink performed the title track to her recent album Beautiful Trauma while hanging off Los Angeles’s JW Marriott. See the clip above—it’s astonishing. How does she top this? Unclear, but keep in mind that Pink is without a doubt the pop star most likely to orbit the earth and then flawlessly avoiding burning to death upon reentering the atmosphere. So maybe she’ll do that.

In a New York Times profile last month, Pink acknowledged the ribbing she endures for her Cirque du So-lite performances:

And yes, she’s seen the memes about her reliance on flying stunts. “How many times do you see the same artist get up and lip-sync and dance?” she countered. “And you’re mad at me for doing something none of them can do? And I sing live!”

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Hard to argue with a woman who’s hanging off the side of a building and barely breaking a sweat.

Some Pig. Terrific. Radiant. Humble.

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I think my whole issue with Pink is that she has always tried to posit herself as an ‘anti popstar’, basically putting down the Britneys, Christinas, etc. with her whole ‘Stupid Girls’ and the like. But what I never understood was why, in the Stupid Girls video, she is attempting to satirize the sexy car wash scene... by looking sexy? She is paying lip service to the male gaze while at the same time condemning those who have copped to it to have success. We all know Christina and Britney had pipes. The industry which, as we now know more than ever, is toxic to young people, especially young women. They most likely felt they had to act like that to have a career. But she wants to target them, not the industry. She’s punching down. Plus I don’t find her songs to be anything more than bubblegum pop. But can she ever do aerobatic maneuvers!