As award shows go, the Grammys always makes headlines for the fabulous fashion and showstopping performances. This year, the most-talked-about moment of the night was Pink's high-flying trapeze act while she sang "Glitter in the Air." Even Oprah says she had to get closer to TV just to believe what she was seeing. "That was a jaw-dropping, ceiling-hanging, almost-naked ripped-body situation," she says.
Pink says she thinks that performance will always stand out as one of the great moments of her life. "For me, it was when everyone stood up at the end," she says.
One of the most important things for people to know is that she is really singing, not lip-syncing, when she performs from the trapeze, she says. "I almost try to make sure I breathe a little more than normal so people know that my mic's live. " A gymnast for eight years, Pink says she'd seen backup dancers do acrobatics but never the singer. "I was like, 'Well, why can't I do it and sing?'" she says. "Everyone's pretty much done everything else there is to do."
Despite the physical strength it takes to work the trapezes like Pink did, she says the only time she was out of breath during her performance was when she first appeared onstage. "When I walked out and I was nervous, my voice was shaking," she says. "Then when I get in the silks, I'm no longer thinking. ... My mind turns off and my voice turns on."
Pink says she chose to do this performance at the Grammys because it truly shows who she is as an artist. "It feels like after 10 years people still don't know what I do," she says. "[The song is] very spiritual and it's very sensual and it's very sophisticated and visually beautiful, so I just wanted to really show up."
Aside from the acrobatics, another thing that caught people's eye was Pink's incredibly fit body in her costume, a tan and glittered bodysuit. "When I'm on tour, I'm in really good shape," she says. "When I get home, I cook, I eat, I get fat and happy." To stay in shape, Pink says she runs about 70 minutes a day and does an hour of yoga.
After her performance of "Glitter in the Air," Pink says she felt confident and was able to pat herself on the back. "I didn't fall; I didn't mess up the words," she says. "That was a good night for me."
"Glitter in the Air" is a song on Pink's platinum CD Funhouse. But it's another song on that album, "I Don't Believe You," that Pink says changed her life. "I'm usually the one that's calling the shots, with one foot out the door," she says. "This song is very humble for me. It's very apologetic and understanding and questioning and begging, and I don't do that."
Pink says "I Don't Believe You" helped bring her back together with her husband, motorcross racer Carey Hart, after they spent a year apart. "I was pretty sure I was perfect before that breakup," she says. "I spent six years trying to change someone else, and I think that that was a great distraction for me to not have to really look at myself and see what I had to change in me. My dad said, 'If you can think of 20 things that you want in a person, then make sure you have all of those,' and I didn't. So it was very humbling for me. I'm not perfect."
Her relationship with Cary has helped Pink get to know herself, she says. "I think you learn more about yourself in the context of a relationship than you can outside of it," she says. "A lot of people like to just start over to come to the same problem."
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, March 15, 2014