To say P!nk was humbled to learn she was named Woman of the Year by Billboard this year would be an understatement; even when she accepted the top honor at the Women in Music luncheon on Tuesday, she couldn’t help but think of the people who she thinks are more significant than her—and those who she knows isn’t!
“What do you say when someone says, ‘Hey Woman of Year?’ Well if you’re more, you think of all the other women who deserve it more,” she said. “These are the names that pop into my head, Hilary Clinton, Angelina Jolie… Miley Cyrus—if you’re high as sh*t and have a thing for tongues!”
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Although Miley has come out on top for many honors this year, such as one of Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People and MTV’s Best Artist of 2013—she’s even been “shortlisted” for Time magazine’s person of the year.
Still, most of P!nk’s speech was about positivity—not trashing other women.
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“Here’s what I wish,” she said. “I wish that girls embrace their power and their worth and their value and their youth and not settle or barter away anything and have to buy it back later in life. I wish for my daughter to grow up in a world where wonderful publications like Billboard celebrate women for their originality, individuality and willingness to be true to themselves… I wish for women to stop apologizing for those very things that make us women.”
And to think… Pink was almost worried about her speech not living up to people’s standards (ironic, huh!?).
“I remember when I won the Female Rock Vocal Grammy for ‘Trouble,’” she recalled. “I think it was 10 years ago. And the very next day, they dissolved the category. So Billboard, if this speech sucks, please wait one year. If you’re thinking about not doing this again, it’s not my fault.