Pink recently received recognition as a music icon at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and she made a stirring speech to highlight why she deserved the honor. At the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27, Pink received the iHeartRadio icon award from fellow performer Kelly Clarkson. Pink’s honesty and “ability to connect with people” were commended by Clarkson, who bemoaned the fact that she and the majority of the populace can never be as cool as the “Raise Your Glass” singer.

A film collection of Pink’s most stirring performances, mingled with personal footage from her youth, aired prior to her taking the stage. Pink stated in an interview cited in the article, “I still have a lot of fight left in me.

“I’m going to lead the way and encourage and motivate people.” A live tribute performance of Pink’s song “Just Like a Pill” by 1980s legend Pat Benatar came before her winning speech as well. As she returned, Clarkson sang “Just Give Me a Reason” from 2012 with the help of numerous women playing strings. Later, Pink joined Clarkson for a stirring duet of their respective songs.

Being on stage doing what I love, with people I love, and my babies in the audience, this feels like a Christmas miracle,” Pink said, adding, “Every room I walk into, my heart walks into first. Every lyric that I write is my heart crying.” She told her fans, “You have watched me do this, just sifting through life’s messiness, for 25 years.”

Pink also spoke about the importance of vulnerability, telling the gathered LA crowd, “I think as human beings we are vulnerable from the time we are born to the time we die . . . I have decided to make vulnerability my life’s work.” The artist, who walked the red carpet earlier with her children, Willow, 11, and Jameson, 6, concluded her speech by saying, “I’m grateful to be alive, I’m grateful I get to do this with my one precious life.”

It’s not the first time Pink has been dubbed a music icon. In fact, she won a similarly titled honour at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. During her acceptance speech at the time, Pink said simply, “I love what I do and I love the people that I get to do it with,” Billboard previously reported.