If Pink ever decides to pack in the mic, she could surely land a gig with Cirque du Soleil on the strength of her MTV Video Music Awards performance.
During the evening’s preshow, the Best Female Video nominee promised she’d be “hanging from things” for her performance — and she wasn’t kidding.
Clad in a shiny purple, diamond-print leotard complete with a Lil’ Kim-esque pink-heart pasty covering her left breast, the raucous singer attached herself to a harness, ascending high above the stage at Radio City Music Hall as the strains of her song “Sober” reverberated through the auditorium.
Arriving safely atop a suspended pillar, Pink was met by a bare-chested acrobat who assisted the singer in a series of heart-stopping flips, at one point dangling her upside down while she continued to sing. When the singer finally landed back on solid ground, she gave a slight bow to the audience, followed by a very noticeable sigh of relief.
Energetic VMA performances are nothing new to the 30-year-old artist. During last year’s ceremony, the singer shimmied down a bed sheet from a second-story fire escape, threw a stuntman down a subway stairwell and broke out the windows of a soundstage set while performing “So What,” the first single from her album Funhouse.
Earlier in the evening, the singer arrived at the ceremony atop a New York City fire truck accompanied by her husband, motocross racer Carey Hart.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards might have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.