1:30 pm - 11/20/2012

P!nk, a true pop artist

(CNN) -- One day, many years from now, future generations will look back at this time in our country's history and wonder what in the hell were we thinking.

The Kardashians are famous for no reason, same-sex marriage is controversial for stupid reasons, and somehow the "Twilight" franchise is a cash cow.

But our culture's biggest sin may well be the auto-tuned syrup we've allowed to dominate the pop charts. All-time chart records are handed to vacuous acts such as the Black Eyed Peas and singing awards are given to vocal lightweights such as Taylor Swift.

History will show a dark time in our culture in which a million followers on Twitter became a key component to winning a Grammy.

But thank God for Pink.

That's what I was thinking as I was watching her performance during Sunday's American Music Awards. She recreated the video for her current single, "Try," a midtempo ballad about the ups and downs of an imperfect relationship.

Where there is desire

There is gonna be a flame

Where there is a flame

Someone's bound to get burned

But just because it burns

Doesn't mean you're gonna die

You've gotta get up and try try try

Singing words like that live with the right level of emotion that Pink is known for is hard enough. Doing so while in engaged in an athletic pas de deux, complete with lifts, is breathtaking. She received a standing ovation afterward, much in the same way she commanded one at the 2010 Grammys as she swung over the audience's heads on a trapeze, asking:

Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?

Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care"?

It would all seem like a meat-dress wearing gimmick if she didn't have the voice and lyrics to back it up. But she does, and thus we can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing her voice will be there for future generations to discover when looking back at us.

Pink won't be able to scrub our record clean singlehandedly -- there's just too much manufacturing for one person to overcome. But at least there will be evidence for my great-great grandkids to see that we weren't all "American Idol's" sheep. While Christina Aguilera has a tendency to oversing, Britney Spears can't sing, and Lauryn Hill sorta stopped singing, Pink has managed to carve a brilliant 13-year-career by being something that is incredibly rare these days -- an artist.

A complete artist.

Maybe the most underrated artist we've had on the radio in the past 20 years.

That's not to suggest she's been ignored -- Pink has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. It's just when you look at the amount of publicity given to her in comparison to say, Lady Gaga or Adele, well there is no comparison. We know she is phenomenal, but the others are considered phenomenons. Gaga and Adele are worthy of the accolades, but whenever I listen to Pink's "Dear Mr. President," "Family Portrait" or "Sober," I feel the need to atone for us not making more room for her in the pop culture paradigm.

Billboard magazine -- one of the most respected names in the music industry -- ranked the top five performances from the American Music Awards. For them, Pink's brave rendition of "Try" was second. Tops was Psy doing "Gangnam Style" with MC Hammer.

MC Hammer!?!

Yes ... we're going to have a lot to answer for someday.

Source: http://us.cnn.com/2012/11/20/opinion/granderson-pink-music/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter

winniechili 20th-Nov-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
The more I read about how she and her husband are always putting other music artists down the more I dislike her.
highd 20th-Nov-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I would be more mad at her if what she was saying was unfounded or untrue. If you want to be pissed be pissed at the sub-par shit she is putting down and demand better.

paranoiddork 20th-Nov-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
oMg ur such a haiter!!1111!!
highd 20th-Nov-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Am I a haiter??? Hmm must think about this.

I love your username. It's all I got :)
eden 20th-Nov-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Her own stuff is very generic and largely written by others, however. So she borrowed her number from Kate Bush the other night, instead of opting to hike up a ribbon again. And? It's the pot calling the kettle black. She's insecure and dumps all over other women.
ty 20th-Nov-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
What do you mean borrowed from Kate Bush?

Where does she dump on other women?
eden 20th-Nov-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
The entire performance reeked of Running Up That Hill. As for the girl on girl hate, try Stupid Girls.
highd 20th-Nov-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
So if she dumped on a few of Beiber's tunes that would even it out. Pop music is women these days, so if you are going to be judgemental about the current pool of talent you are going to "dump" on a woman.

It's professional politics and there is no card or badge or oath you have to take when you get a job, that says you have to stick up for shit you don't like just because you happen to share a gender.

Your upset over this makes me think you are a woman, have you never dumped on a fellow girl student at school or dumped on a fellow woman in your work place. If you have never done that, then your rage is justified ( I guess if pop stars flinging shit is really your cause campaign) but if you have then let her alone.
eden 20th-Nov-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
No, it would not, as that's not my complaint.

Making a criticism about a female artist isn't automatically shitting on women...however, selecting Stupid Girls as a single is. There is a monumental difference between finding fault in another person-- of whatever gender-- or holding a negative opinion about their work, versus promoting girl on girl cattiness and shaming, as well.

It's professional politics and there is no card or badge or oath you have to take when you get a job, that says you have to stick up for shit you don't like just because you happen to share a gender.
Who said there was?

In addition, assumption making is never a good look. If you can't form your argument without going down that road, pack it in.

ty 20th-Nov-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Links? The only artist I have heard her put down was Jessica Simpson.
winniechili 20th-Nov-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
She said something about Ke$ha at the AMA's which, whatever, but then her husband called Ke$ha fans "Keshtards" on twitter.
electricknight 22nd-Nov-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
So what do we call P!nk fans? P!StupidGirls?
alyssa_hilary 25th-Nov-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Shane, your icon. lmao.
drop_and_roll 20th-Nov-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Well she called out Chris Brown, which I am always here for.
ialmrnt5 20th-Nov-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
lol wut? there were like two tweets calling out similarities in performances, you are making it sounds so much more dramatic than it is
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