Pop star Pink will be honoured with the outstanding contribution prize at the Brit Awards later this month.
The US singer, who will close the ceremony with a performance, said she was “humbled to receive this honour”.
She is only the second international act to receive the prize, after U2 in 2001.
Other past recipients include David Bowie, Queen, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Pet Shop Boys and the Spice Girls – but it hasn’t been handed out since 2012.
Pink arrived in the late 1990s with a radio-friendly R&B sound similar to TLC, Destiny’s Child and Toni Braxton.
But she formed her own identity as a pop-punk rebel: tattooed, outspoken and willing to tackle topics like drug addiction and domestic abuse in the confines of mainstream pop music.
The news of her Brit Award comes days after the singer, born Alecia Moore, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Here are seven reasons why she deserves the accolade.
1. She never mimes – even when she’s on a trapeze
Since she started performing in Philadelphia clubs at the age of 14, Pink has always sung live, proclaiming time and again that she has “never-ever” lip synced.
“I’m 100% against it,” she stated after the 2010 Grammys, where she’d belted out the hit song Glitter In The Air while performing death-defying aerial acrobatics.
“I’m actually better at singing upside down than I am right side up,” she said. “I’m like nervous when I have to look at people, and then I’m upside down and I’m doing my thing and I’m like, ‘This is nothing!'”
2. She’s brutally honest about her personal life
Since Pink proposed to motorcross champion Carey Hart in 2005, their relationship has had more twists and turns than a Curly Wurly – but the star has been refreshingly candid about it all.
Their first Thanksgiving was a disaster. Drunk by noon, Pink tipped a bowl of sweet potatoes over her future father-in-law’s head then accidentally set fire to her bedroom, got in a huge argument with her fiance and slashed his tyres with a carving knife. She still has 13 stitches in her hand.
When the couple separated in 2008, she turned it into a hit single, So What, whose opening lines went: “I guess I just lost my husband/I don’t know where he went“.
And she convinced him to appear in the video without telling him what the song was about.
Known for her androgynous style, Pink has been a long-time advocate of LGBT rights. She included a same-sex marriage in the video for her 2010 video Raise Your Glass, and later marched against Prop 8, the proposition to ban gay marriage.
Speaking to Gaydar radio in 2012, she expressed her commitment to the cause, saying: “I think that the best day will be when we no longer talk about being gay or straight – it’s not a ‘gay wedding’ it’s just a ‘wedding’, it’s not a ‘gay marriage’ it’s just ‘a marriage’.
She continued: “It’s not a ‘black man’ or ‘white woman’, it’s just ‘a man’ and ‘a woman’ or ‘a human’ and ‘a human’. I’d just like to get to that.”