Pink receives the honour of Billboard’s Woman of the Year
Pink took home the title of Billboard’s Woman of the Year this week, making a very empowering and also eyebrow-raising acceptance speech in the process.
The honourees were celebrated in New York City on Wednesday at the annual ‘Billboard Women in Music’ event, and while Pink was elated to have been presented with her award, she listed Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Malala Yousafzai and also Miley Cyrus – “if you’re high as sh*t and you have a thing for tongues” – as more deserving of the title.
“What do you say when someone says, ‘Hey! Woman of the Year!’ If you're me, you think of all the other people that deserve it more,” she said before listing the aforementioned women.
“You don't think, ‘Oh yeah Woman of the Year? Pink, of course.’ I don't, but I'm not gonna argue with you. I have had an incredible year, it's been insane. It's been blessing after blessing after blessing. I have a really bad memory so I feel like at this point my whole life's been awesome. I'm like Dory from ‘Nemo.’ My husband tells me I only remember the bad sh*t but I think that's changing. Because now honey boo boo boo, thanks to Billboard and CoverGirl my sh*t doesn't stink.”
The ‘Try’ singer also shared her wishes for the future, hoping that her daughter Willow will grow up with a sense of empowerment and courage.
“Here's what I wish. I wish that girls embraced their power and their worth and their value in their youth, and not sell it or barter it for anything and have to buy it back later in life,” said the 34-year-old.
“I wish for my daughter to grow up in a world where wonderful publications like Billboard celebrate them for their originality, their individuality their willingness to be true to themselves, and the courage to be scary and emotional to get sh*t done. I wish for women to stop apologising for those very things that make us women.”
Fellow singer Janelle Monae was also given the honour of Billboard’s Rising Star, taking the opportunity to share some words of wisdom from President Obama.
“One of the things the President said today about Nelson Mandela was, ‘Don’t ever underestimate the power of one man.’ So don’t ever underestimate the power of one woman.”