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Pink accepts Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs

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Ray Downs
Pink, winner of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, appears backstage during the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Pink, winner of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, appears backstage during the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Pink took the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night to perform several songs and accept the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Pink's performance was a mash-up of several of her most popular songs, including "Get This Party Started," "Raise Your Glass," "So What,""Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and "Perfect." She also performed "What About Us?" the single from her upcoming album, Beautiful Trauma, scheduled for release in October.

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The performance was a reminder of why Pink, 37, was given the Video Vanguard award, which was in recognition of her 17-year career, in which she has won three Grammys, two Billboard Music Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards.

Previous winners of the award, which was first given in 1984, include Madonna, U2, Beyonce, David Bowie, Kanye West and Rihanna.

After the performance, Ellen Degeneres took the stage to present Pink with the award, describing her as "the most incredible performer" and "an awesome human being." Pink then told a story about teaching her daughter about refusing to conform to traditional beauty standards by teaching her about androgynous rock stars.

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"We don't change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty," Pink said.

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