Pink shuts down the MTV VMAs with heartbreaking and empowering speech about daughter Willow


Pink is sharing a major mom moment right now.

Following an incredible performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, including a show-stopping medley of her biggest hits and a choreographed rendition of her newest single, "What About Us," Pink accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from pal Ellen DeGeneres. The 37-year-old pop star used her time at the mic to share a devastating-turned-empowering story about 6-year-old daughter Willow.

"Recently, I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me, out of the blue, 'Mama, I'm the ugliest girl I know,'" Pink began. "She was like, 'Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.' And my brain went to, 'Oh my God, you're 6. Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old's ass?'"

The mom of two said she went home and made a PowerPoint presentation of "androgynous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us." Among them: Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Annie Lennox, Prince, Janis Joplin, George Michael and Elton John.

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"Her eyes glazed over," Pink joked. "But then I said, 'I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.'"

Willow repeated, "I look like a boy." But when Pink asked, "What do you think I look like?" Willow responded, "You're beautiful."

"I said, 'Well, thanks, but when people make fun of me, that's what they use,'" Pink continued. "I look like a boy ... I have too many opinions ... My body is too strong."

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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pink (L) accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Lorde performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony perform onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Host Katy Perry speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: DJ Khaled and Asahd Tuck Khaled attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Host Katy Perry (L) and DJ Khaled speak onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ellen DeGeneres and Chance The Rapper pose together during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Then, the three-time GRAMMY winner asked her daughter "Do you see me growing my hair? ... Do you see me changing my body? ... Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?"

"So, baby girl," Pink concluded, "We don't change. We take gravel in a shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people to change. ... You, my darling girl, are beautiful and I love you."

While we were already fully on-board with Pink and Willow's incredibly fashionable menswear ensembles on the red carpet -- this makes the moment even sweeter.

Keep slaying, Pink and Willow!

And in the words of host Katy Perry: "I am shooketh. I am dead. I am crying. She's iconic!"


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