It’s time for Alecia Moore — known the world over as sassy, tough pop star Pink — to celebrate, as today is her birthday. She turns 31 years old today, and she has already accomplished plenty in those three decades. Though she began her career as a prototypical pop/R&B girl in the Christina Aguilera mold, Pink managed to break out and embrace her inner bad girl, and refreshingly, that only brought her infinitely more success. (That narrative is detailed in the song “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” which also happened to be a massive hit.)
Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pink grew into a music-savvy teenager who got into the music business early. She joined an R&B trio called Choice when she was 16, and the group caught the attention of record mogul and LaFace Records Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The group recorded an album that stalled before it really had a chance to get started, and they were broken up by 1998. However, Pink (who had borrowed her stage name from Steve Buscemi’s character in the Quentin Tarantino film “Reservoir Dogs”) stayed with Reid’s label and churned out her solo debut Can’t Take Me Home, which generated her first round of hits (including “There You Go” and “You Make Me Sick”).
After elevating her profile as part of the 2001 remake of “Lady Marmalade” (alongside Aguilera, Lil Kim and Mya), Pink dropped M!ssundaztood, which found her exploring more of both of her personal musical influences and her deepest feelings (with the assistance of former 4 Non Blondes songwriter Linda Perry, who also elevated herself as a pop genius with Pink). The hits from M!ssundaztood became instant radio staples, including “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” “Just Like a Pill” and “Get the Party Started.”
Since then, Pink has been on top of the world. She has dropped three more platinum albums (2003’s Try This, 2006’s I’m Not Dead and 2008’s Funhouse). She has developed an extra-special reputation as a live performer, and her massive world tour for Funhouse has been a huge hit in a number of different countries. In honor of her birthday, check out a live performance of “Get the Party Started.”