Pink is to be honoured for her achievements in songwriting by BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated); here's why the "Perfect" star is a perfect choice.
Pink may be most known for her exceptional live shows, but BMI announced yesterday that the singer-songwriter would receive the prestigious President's Award for Songwriting, to celebrate her "outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry".
The award sees Pink joining the likes of Adam Levine, Taylor Swift, Gloria Estefan and, um, Pitbull (okay) and it's a rare example of the "So What" star's considerable talent actually being recognised. As one of the most overlooked and underrated artists in the industry, let's take a trip down memory lane and see exactly why it's about time that Alecia Moore's talent with a pen was acknowledged.
1. "Family Portrait"
Until the release of her sophomore album, 'Missundaztood', Pink was, well, a little misunderstood really. Largely trading in the urban roots of 'Can't Take Me Home', 'Missundaztood' was a rock/pop based record on which the R&B tones of "Family Portrait" are a glaring exception.
It's not its sound that makes "Family Portrait" so outstanding, however. This is one of the first tracks where Pink showcased her talent for a particularly raw and honest lyricism that's carried through the rest of her career. Writing candidly about her parents divorce and the profound impact it had on her childhood, Pink wrote an anthem for children of a broken homes everywhere and it's interesting to see how much this deeply personal song resonates with such a wide audience.
"It ain't easy growing up in World War III / Never knowing what love could be, well I've seen / I don't want love to destroy me like it did my family."
2. "I'm Not Dead"
One of the lesser known songs on our list, the title track from Pink's 4th LP is one of her most underrated deep cuts and one that best exemplifies her knack for zany lyrics and a melody to die for.
"I'm Not Dead" boasts a rock driven instrumental and a pulsating drum beat but the song excels with its left-of-centre structure, featuring a chorus almost entirely devoid of instrumentation. The lyrics are so metaphorical that it can be hard to comprehend an exact meaning, but perhaps that's what makes the song so well written. Pink leans mostly towards the literal so it's always exciting to get a track from her that's open to more interpretation.
"And I was never looking for approval from anyone but you / And though this journey is over I'll go back if you ask me to."
3. "Dear Mr. President"
Pink has never shied away from political discourse and so her middle-finger to President George W. Bush may not have been a totally surprising turn of events, but the punch that the rebellious song packed undoubtedly was.
Her confronting honesty was nothing new by the time the song was released, but her heartfelt and impassioned plea to the Commander in Chief was new ground for Pink. Raised by a Vietnam vet, her interest in politics and social issues is well documented and it was with "Dear Mr. President" that she began to express this lyrically. Indeed, the folksy/acoustic instrumental is well placed but it's the lyrics that make this song so outstanding - Pink's no holds bared approach to the failings of George Bush was expressed beautifully and proves her aptitude for all things emotive.
"What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away? / And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay? / I can only imagine what the first lady has to say / You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine."
4. "I Don't Believe You"
Pink's 2009 effort, 'Funhouse', was touted as a break-up record following the release of her first US #1, "So What". It probably came as a surprise to the casual listener when most tracks were less in line with the 'f--- you' attitude of the lead single and more concerned with genuine heartbreak.
The most successful of the melancholy songs on 'Funhouse' is "I Don't Believe You". If a break-up follows the five stages of grief, this is Pink in denial. Wanting someone who doesn't want you anymore is a gut-wrenching feeling that everyone who's ever experienced the end of relationship knows only too well and Pink captures it marvellously. That the lyrics are clearly so personal but also so relatable is what makes the song stand out on Pink's largely well-written 5th studio album.
"No I don't believe you / When you say you don't need me anymore / So don't pretend to not love me at all."
5. "The Truth About Love"
Proof that Pink is just as successful when she's having fun as she is when she's serious, "The Truth About Love" is a light-hearted effort, but a resonant one nonetheless.
Because let's be real, who amongst us can't empathise with love being simultaneously "rage and hate" and "all the poetry that you ever heard"? Not to mention "nasty and salty", because seriously, let's not. Pink is naturally witty (just watch her in interviews) and her biting sense of humor works as well in song-form as it does in sit-downs. "The Truth About Love" is a song that perfectly captures just how messed up affairs of the heart are, but how it's all worth it in the end.
"The truth about love is it comes, and it goes / A strange fascination with his lips and toes / Morning breath, bedroom eyes on a smiling face / Sheet marks rug burn, and a sugar glaze."
BMI Vice President Barbara Cane had this to say about Pink:
Pink is an extraordinary songwriter whose mastery of craft and passionate artistry has transformed a generation of Pop and Rock music culture around the world. She has captivated music lovers with her unforgettable, emotional and edgy magnificence of song, voice and performance.
Couldn't have put it better myself.