It's been 20 years since we met Pink .
When their debut album Can & # 39; t Take Me Home came on stage on April 4, 2000, it heralded the arrival of the greatest rebel of pop music. Executive produced by LA Reid and with texts and productions by Kenneth "babyface" Edmonds and Kandi "Future Real Housewife" Burruss contained those of R & B influenced album hits like "There" You Go, "Most Girls" and "You Make Me Sick" reached number 26 on the US Billboard 200, with the lead single making her a top 10 hit on the Hot 100 on her first hit bestowed.
As her sound changed over the years, Pink initially insisted on both the look and the sound Reid insisted on taking control of and developing the spunky dance-pop sound, who would become her calling card over the years, it was clear from the jump that she was a star. And since her debut, she's only proven that she's sold over 90 million albums worldwide, won three Grammys, and even took home the People’s Champion Award at E 2019! People & # 39; s Choice Awards.
To celebrate two decades of the most outspoken, comprehensive, and almost supernaturally sporty stars of pop music, take a look at 20 of the most fascinating facts from a career and life like no other.
1st Born Alecia Moore the pseudonym Pink was first born out of an embarrassing moment in the camp, but later brought to life as an indication of a reservoir dog character. It's just a nickname that has followed me all my life, "she told CNN in 2001." At first it was a mean thing; Some kids in the camp pulled my pants down and I blushed and they said: & # 39; Ha ha! Look at them! It is pink! & # 39; And then the Reservoir Dogs movie came out and Mr. Pink was the one with the smart mouth, so it just happened again. "
2. As a forerunner of her days as one of the most acrobatic of pop music, she trained for eight years as a competition gymnast from 4 to 12 years old.
3. When she was 14 years old she had already started writing her own songs and had a regular vocal performance Friday night at a club in Philadelphia.
4. She started experimenting with drugs even after dropping out of school and survived an overdose at just 15 years of age. "I was a hardcore partygoer from 12 to 15. I. was like a candy raver and I took all club drugs and sold ecstasy, crystal meth and Special K," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2012. Close friend Sekou Harris who died of a heroin overdose when they died was only 14, ultimately inspired the 2006 song "Who Knew".
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5. In her youth she worked in fast food. "It was important for my family that I make my own money. I was a drive-through girl at McDonald's. I had a Janet Jackson microphone – I had electricity," she told Food & Wine in 2017.
6. Before going solo, she was a member of several groups, starting with the Middleground band when she was in high school. At 14, she auditioned for the all-female Basic Instinct group and earned a place, but they disbanded without publishing material. At the age of 16, she and two other girls founded the R&B group Choice, which with L.A. LaFace Records from Reid . A recorded album was never released, but the song "Key to My Heart" was on the soundtrack of the 1996 film Kazaam.
7. An obsession with Madonna at a young age made her think she was the long-lost daughter of the pop icon. "I've always been the guy who followed Madonna like a lost puppy. I haven't spoken to my mother for a year because I was sure she adopted me. I swore that I separated from Madonna at birth I liked the fact that she did what she wanted when she wanted to, "she said to MTV in 2000. She won her first talent show with the vocals" Oh Father ".
8. While doing cameos in films such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Get Him to the Greek, she has also done legitimate acting over the years. Always recognized as Alecia Moore, she began playing a role in the horror film Catacombs in 2007. In 2011 she pronounced Gloria in the animated sequel Happy Feet Two. Two years later, she received rave reviews for her work in the film Thanks for Sharing, for which she shared top scores with people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo . "Of all the actors here, the pop singer Pink is the least experienced, but she plays best in the film: of course, a little hard, a little unstable. Pink knows instinctively like Macy Gray in her Lee Daniels film roles how to be in front of the camera behaves simply by pretending the camera isn't there, "wrote Dan Callahan about her performance at RoberEbert.com.
9. Madonna and Janis Joplin most impressed her, but it has its own impact. Adele describes an early Pink concert as one of the defining moments of her life. "I remember seeing Pink at the Brixton Academy," she told Spinner in 2010. "It was the Missundaztood record, so I was around 13 or 14. I had never heard anyone in the room sing so live. Before that, I was in the Spice Girls and stuff and they obviously can't sing. That I know now, "she says. "I remember a feeling like in a wind tunnel, your voice just hit me. It was incredible."
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10. Pink, known for her soaring acrobatics on her live shows, told CBS Sunday Morning in 2017 that the inspiration for this sporty theatricality came from another legendary pop diva. "I went to a Cher concert and saw all the dancers who made these incredible silks and I thought: & # 39; Well, why doesn't a singer do that? Why didn't a singer do that? Why got it she all the fun? & # 39; "So she met one of Cher’s aerialists whom she asked to teach her everything she knew.
11. She is a vegetarian. Mostly. "I haven't eaten anything four-legged or sweet since I was 15," she said to Food & Wine. "I also stopped eating chicken, but when my daughter Willow was in my stomach, she only asked for chicken wings and fingers."
12. In an interview with five-year-old Madelyn Mannette for W Magazine in 2017, she was asked which of her own songs was her favorite. Your answer? "Get the party started"
13. Her father, Jim Moore also wrote songs. One that he wrote during his Vietnam War service, "I saw the rain," even appeared on their 2006 album I'm Not Dead.
14. As the daughter of divorced parents, many of her earliest songs were inspired by the difficult times in her life. And she is proud to be able to give fans in similar boats a voice. "I accept the challenge that children have more to do with me than many others because I am telling the truth and have been there," she told ABC News in 2003.
15. As a longtime friend of Lisa Marie Presley she got a bulldog from her buddy, which she named Elvis in honor of her late father.
16. After meeting the professional motocross racer Carey Hart at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia, she proposed to him during a 2005 race in Mammoth Lakes, California. While supporting him in the race, she wrote: "Will You Marry Me?" I'm serious! "On a pit board. After missing the sign and driving another lap, he turned the track and immediately accepted. It then caused him to finish the race.
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17. The couple separated from 2008 to 2010 for two years. Her hit "So What" was written about the breakup and he graciously appeared in the video. Nine months after reunification, she announced her pregnancy with her first child on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Daughter Willow Sage arrived in June 2011. Jameson Moon her son, followed in December 2016.
18. Since 2015, "Today & # 39; s the Day", a song she wrote specifically for this reason, has been used as Title song for the Ellen DeGeneres show.
19. She wrote songs for other artists such as Hilary Duff, Mya, Faith Hill and Celine Dion .
20. Although she won a Grammy together, her time at "Lady Marmalade" alongside Mya and Lil & # 39; Kim sparked a feud with Christina Aguilera for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack from whom Pink claims that she once tried to beat the "Dirrty" singers. "She attacked me in a club that was hilarious," she said to Andy Cohen during a Watch What Happens Live 2017 performance. "I was thinking & # 39; what's happening & # 39;", she said laughing. "& # 39; What are you … what's going on? & # 39;" At her own appearance on the show in 2019, Xtina rejected the claim, saying that they played Spin the Bottle instead. Despite their different memories, the two officially suppressed their beef in 2016 when they reunited on The Voice.
For another 20 years, Pink!