Born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, but best known by her stage name P!nk; coined as a tribute to the character Mr. Pink from the film Reservoir Dogs.
When she was a child, her father played guitar and sang songs for her, and from an early age she aspired to be a rock star. In high school, Moore joined her first band, Middleground, but it broke up after losing a "battle of the bands."
When she was a teenager, she wrote lyrics as an outlet for her feelings, and her mother commented, "Her initial writings were always very introspective. Some of it was very black, and very deep, almost worrisome."
She began performing in Philadelphia clubs when she was 14 years old, and went through phases as a skateboarder, hip-hopper and gymnast. At 16, together with two other teenage girls, she formed the R&B group Choice. They were offered a contract with L.A. Reid and worked with various producers for two years, never releasing a record, before Reid persuaded Moore to go solo.
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She released her first single "There You Go," from her first album, the R&B-oriented Can't Take Me Home, in 2000. Her more pop rock-oriented second studio album, Missundaztood, which began a marked shift in the sound of her music, was released in 2001 and was a huge success worldwide.
Pink released her third album, Try This, in November 2003, which although less successful commercially than her previous release, still managed to sell around 3 million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Trouble."
Her fourth album, called I'm Not Dead, was released in April 2006. The album generated several hit singles, including "Stupid Girls," "U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew." Both "U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew" went to #1 on the pop chart.
Her fifth album, Funhouse, was released in late October 2008 and was preceded by her first solo number one on the Hot 100, "So What." The album notched three other Top 20 hits: "Sober," "Please Don't Leave Me" and "Glitter in the Air." On November 15, 2010, she released her first compilation, Greatest Hits... So Far!!!.
On September 13, 2009, Pink performed "Sober" while doing a trapeze act at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards,where she was nominated for Best Female Video. On January 31, 2010, Pink did another trapeze act in the form of Aerial silks at the 2010 Grammy Awards, this time performing the song "Glitter in the Air."
On July 15, 2010, Pink fell during one of her aerial tricks during a concert in Nurnberg, Germany, where she fell out of a harness which was supposed to carry her across the crowd. She was rushed off stage and taken to a local hospital but was not seriously injured.
According to Billboard, for 2000–2009, Pink was the #1 Pop Song Artist of the Decade #13 on the list of Artists of the Decade. She has also scored ten Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 US hits, including eight as a solo artist, and has won two Grammy Awards, 5 MTV Video Music Awards and 2 Brit Awards.
The People's Chart, announced through BBC Radio 1, declared Pink as the 11th Most Played Artist on UK Radio of the decade 2000 to 2009.
Pink is currently taking a break from the music business, but she might start writing a new album in 2012.