Beyoncé. Taylor. Katy. Gaga. Lorde.
Oh, and Pink. You have to include Pink.
In listing the world’s top pop stars, the woman born Alecia Beth Moore may not be the first to come to your mind, but she deserves to be on the list.
Don’t let the trademark pink hair or the stylized exclamation mark in her name — her name is often spelled P!nk — fool you, she’s a serious singer and performer.
Pink is in the midst of the U.S. portion of an international tour titled "Beautiful Trauma." See tour dates here.
Here are five reasons why Pink is worth your time:
1. Pink by the numbers.
Let’s start here. Pink has won three Grammy Awards after being nominated 19 times. She has four No. 1 hits (“Just Give Me a Reason,” “So What,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Lady Marmalade”) and 15 top 10 hits.
2. She’s been doing it longer than her fellow stars.
Pink started her music career in the all-female pop group Choice more than 20 years ago before launching her solo career with “Can’t Take Me Home” in 2000.
3. She’s a skilled athlete.
Have you seen her perform? No one puts on a show quite like Pink. Her concerts aren’t a typical pop show where she's awash in dancers, backing tracks and every conceivable thing to take your eyes off the star barely singing. Nope, the acrobatic Pink is at the center of it all, flying above the stage like a trapeze artist while hurling out the notes to “Raise Your Glass.” It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
4. She’s sells a lot.
Who ranks higher in album sales than Coldplay, Rihanna, Keith Urban and Justin Bieber? You guessed it. Pink has sold more than 17 million albums in the U.S. (more than Paul Simon!), and she has seven platinum albums. Only her latest, “Beautiful Trauma,” hasn’t reached platinum status. But we bet it’s on the way.
5. She can sing.
Pink has publicly chastised fellow singers who are famous for not really singing live. (Something of an open secret: Most pop singers perform with a multitude of backing and guide vocal tracks that mask any mistakes.) And in recent television performances, she’s even scaled back on acrobatics to let her voice shine. (See her “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” performance at the recent Grammys.) And she lets it shine on her records, too. Her latest album “highlights Pink’s significant power as a singer,” according to an ABC News review.