Happy Birthday to Alecia Beth Moore Hart (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (stylized as P!nk). She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as a R&B artist with her debut album, Can't Take Me Home (2000). It was certified double platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles, "There You Go" and "Most Girls". She gained further recognition upon collaborating with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Mýa on a cover version of "Lady Marmalade" for the 2001 Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. The song gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although she originally faced opposition from her record label, Pink took more artistic control and pursued pop rock direction for her second album, Missundaztood (2001). It became her best-selling record with 13 million copies sold worldwide and produced three top-ten singles in the United States, "Get the Party Started", "Don't Let Me Get Me", and "Just Like a Pill". Her third studio album, Try This (2003), failed to repeat the success of her previous efforts, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pink revived her popularity with her fourth studio album, I'm Not Dead (2006), which featured the top-ten hits "Stupid Girls", "Who Knew", and "U + Ur Hand".
Funhouse (2008), her fifth studio album, became her third multi-platinum album in the United States and contained her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "So What". Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits... So Far!!! (2010), which featured the number-one hit "Raise Your Glass". Her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012), became her first number-one album on the Billboard 200. Its singles, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", "Try", and "Just Give Me a Reason", all reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, with the latter becoming her fourth number-one single.
Pink has sold over 40 million albums, including over 16 million in the United States, and 65 million singles worldwide as of 2014. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and six MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. According to the BBC countdown compiled by PPL, Pink was the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind Madonna. In 2012, VH1 ranked ranked her at number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year in 2013.
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