Written by Anna LePetri
There wasn't a heart left untouched at this year's VMA Awards following singer P!NK's award acceptance speech. Upon receiving the 'Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award', she chose not to demonstrate exaggerated feelings of surprise or give a simple thank you before being escorted backstage. Instead, she decided to share a story that she felt was necessary for everyone to hear. And it was.
Read P!NK's story:
"Recently, I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me, out of the blue, 'Mama?'
I said, 'Yes, baby?'
She said, 'I'm the ugliest girl I know.' And I said, 'Huh?'
And she was like, 'Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.' And my brain went to, 'Oh my god, you're six. Why? Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old's ass, like what?'
But I didn't say anything. Instead, I went home and I made a Powerpoint presentation for her. And in that presentation were androgynous rockstars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on, wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John, so many artists. Her eyes glazed over.
But then I said, 'You know, I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.'
And she said, 'Well, I look like a boy,' and I said, 'Well, what do you think I look like?' And she said, 'Well, you're beautiful.' And I was like, 'Well, thanks. But when people make fun of me, that's what they use. They say I look like a boy or I'm too masculine or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong.'
And I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?'
She said, 'No, mama.'
I said, 'Do you see me changing my body?'
'Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?'
'Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?'
'OK! So, baby girl. We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.'
And to all the artists here, I'm so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being your true selves and for lighting the way for us. I'm so inspired by you guys. There's so much rad shit happening in music. And keep doing it. Keep shining for the rest of us to see.
And you, my darling girl, are beautiful, and I love you.'
And after thanking MTV and VMA host Ellen Degeneres, P!NK concluded what is arguably one of the best speeches in VMA history. It was a 3-minute speech with a message that spoke wonders - and a message that should be carried on through the music industry now and for years to come.
"There's so much rad shit happening in music. And keep doing it. Keep shining for the rest of us to see."
Written by Anna LePetri
It doesn't matter whether you're in a car, plane or bus leaving the state or bracing in your home. If you're a Florida resident, you're feeling Hurricane Irma's looming presence as she passes over the Atlantic and heads towards our homes. Some of us are calm and ready while others may be a little more wary - which is all okay. But whether you're the former or the latter, we all could use a bit of music to feed our souls now more than ever! And we here at 3300+ Climbing have you covered!
Check out our Spotify playlist for some easy listening before, during and after Hurricane Irma, featuring local Florida artists like January May, Kasson, Yung Gordon and more!
More than anything, we here at 3300+ Climbing wish everyone the best during this time. As much as we'd like you to enjoy our playlist all hurricane long, your safety comes first. Be sure you're prepared and take plenty of care and caution over the course of the next few days. We pray for the safety of our fans, family, artists and friends in all affected areas and look forward to seeing you all safe and sound once Hurricane Irma passes.
Good luck and love to all.
Written by Anna LePetri
Photo credits to Blake 18 Photography, Heart Shaped Dreams Photography, Kristia Knowles Photography, Ayasha Brooke Photography and Bianca Jeiselle Photography
You may recognize her from Full Sail's Film Production, To Board a Flight, or from one of her local coffee shop or concert performances across Florida. Now, she's joining the 3300+ family as our newest artist!
Amanda Lyn is a singer/songwriter, actress and model with performing experience in Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado and Georgia. She's performed on Orlando stages including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Musical Theater. With 3300+, she'll be developing many aspects of her 50's & 60's-style music career, including her first EP as a follow-up to her single, "Dangerous Man".
If you love Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, or Ann-Margret, you're gonna want to keep an ear open for our work with Amanda! (Fun fact: Amanda's done tribute work for all three!). Amanda’s original music is available on CDbaby.com and iTunes under the name Amanda Lyn. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter to keep updated on her journey to stardom and her work-to-come with 3300+ Climbing!
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.