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

fight4thislove 20th-Nov-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
She used her acrobatic skills as a gimmick for 4 years and now its onto this native dance she mastered. Without those, she's just another boring rock chick.
hearthecity 20th-Nov-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Her voice is great live though.
fight4thislove 20th-Nov-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
That's all she really has going for her though.
sunalsosets 20th-Nov-2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
All she has going for her is that she has a great voice...um, isn't that more than enough considering she's you know, a singer. And considering the stuff that often passes for "singing" from most of the biggest selling performers, I'd say that's a lot for her to have.
vampireweekend 20th-Nov-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
lol get over it there's more to being a singer than just having a voice

pink doesn't have any x-factor to her
snappple 20th-Nov-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
She has more going on for her than Katy Perry.
hearthecity 20th-Nov-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not really a fan, because her personality is so off putting to me, but I'd probably enjoy seeing her live.
ialmrnt5 20th-Nov-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
her voice... its all shes got going for her HAHA ONLY ONTD
highd 20th-Nov-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
You keep on with her gimmick. Why not talk about Britney's gimmick or Christines gimmick or Gaga's gimmick. You can't piss on one's without getting pissed at the others it makes you a hypocrite. You don't like pink that's fine, But don't act like she is the only one with a gimmick at least she has talent to fall back on if those gimmicks fail.

Christine hasn't learned that noone wants her sex, Gaga is learning and is doing a jazz record, Britney isn't allowed to learn because her handlers are milking her like a prized cow.

vanishingbee 20th-Nov-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
ded @ your use of Christine hahahahha
kurtvonnegut 20th-Nov-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
exactly, people are always ripping on pink for her "gimmick" while stanning other popstars who also have a gimmick. THEY ALL DO
whitegirlthin 20th-Nov-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
What jazz album? ARTPOP is going to be the typical electro-pop music album. She even said it herself.
highd 20th-Nov-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
Damn I wanted this to be true.

floetcist 22nd-Nov-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
Christine hasn't learned that noone wants her sex, Gaga is learning and is doing a jazz record, Britney isn't allowed to learn because her handlers are milking her like a prized cow.

electricknight 22nd-Nov-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
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