After close to five years without a studio album, pop/rock singer Pink is coming back big to the mainstream music scene after she was announced to be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. The “Please Don’t Leave Me” singer will be receiving the award that Rihanna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Kanye West have already collected in the past few years.

Her legacy as an artist

The Los Angeles Times reports that the people behind the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards have picked Pink to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year because of her artistry across different fields in the entertainment industry.

“Her trailblazing impact on music, pop culture, fashion and philanthropy” has made her deserving of the Moonman.

The choice of Pink is a rather surprising choice as the singer-songwriter has always been an underrated artist. But, considering that she has 15 top ten singles (Beyonce has 16) and she has become a tour-de-force in the concert scene in the past few years, it actually makes sense for MTV to give her the Moonman.

Pink’s music comeback

In other Pink related news, she is also busy promoting her newest single. “What About Us,” which was produced by Steve Mac and is a club ballad and dance floor anthem that is said to be inspired by the recent political events in the United States. While it can be taken as a cry for help from someone in an abusive relationship, Pink’s status as one of the most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump has cemented its reputation as a protest song.

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According to the Official Charts Company, “What About Us” is already making waves on the music charts in the United Kingdom. Pink is currently in a tight race for the top spot on the UK Singles Chart with former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson’s song with Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm. “What About Us” is currently in the number 1 spot on the Official Charts Company’s sales flash for the middle of the chart week.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, August 27 from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Other performers will include Shawn Mendes, Lorde, Fifth Harmony, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Miley Cyrus.

Katy Perry will be hosting the awards show, her first for an MTV event since the MTV Europe Awards in 2008. Pink’s album “Beautiful Trauma,” on the other hand, will be out on Friday, October 13.