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Now that we’ve covered the Favorite Comedic TV Actress category, it’s time to take a look at the nominees for Favorite Pop Artist. Your top five picks are Adele, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Pink.

Guess who’s up first? Here’s a hint: She’s been the girl with her skirt pulled high, been the outcast never running with mascara eyes. Need another clue? She will never be, never be anything but loud and nitty gritty. One more? She’s coming up so you better get this party started.

That’s right, we’re talking about Pink, y’all.

And did you notice how clever I was with those clues, paraphrasing lines from her hits “God is a DJ,” “Raise Your Glass” and “Get the Party Started”? Oh, right… this isn’t about me. It’s about Pink. But can I get back to me for a second if I promise only to talk about how much I love Pink?

I love, love, love Pink! In fact, I love her so much that I really hope she doesn’t mind that I just used that exclamation point at the end of the sentence — to convey my enthusiasm — when I should have used it to replace the “i” in Pink the way she likes it. But I have to draw the line somewhere. There’s no I in TEAM, but there is one in PINK.

I’m hesitant to admit that I wasn’t one of the two million folks who bought her first album, Can’t Take Me Home, in 2000. Be that as it may, I did appreciate the pop confection of her 2001 “Lady Marmalade” remake alongside Xtina, Mya and Lil’ Kim from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. That’s also when I learned that the girl’s got moves.

I jumped on the Pink bandwagon with 2001’s Missundaztood along with over 5 million other devotees. That record spawned four Top 20 hits, including my favorite, “Just Like a Pill.” A couple of years later I snapped up Try This on the strength of singles “Trouble” and “God is a DJ” (my other favorite.) I was still on board with 2006’s I’m Not Dead which featured “Stupid Girls,” “Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand.” (My personal pick from that album is the haunting, “Dear Mr. President,” featuring the Indigo Girls on background vocals.)  And the hits kept coming…

Fun House in 2008 launched the #1 single “So What,” and she followed up that album with a greatest hits compilation in 2010 that included the anthemic “Raise Your Glass,” (BTW, those kooky Dalton Academy Warblers did a great version of “Raise Your Glass” in a March 2011 Glee episode.  My friend Emily’s friend Kim has saved it on her DVR for months now because she loves it so much. I respect that.)

With this year’s release of The Truth About Love, Pink scored another top 5 hit with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” And did you see her on the AMAs a couple of weeks ago where she basically re-enacted her video for “Try,” demonstrating her mad modern dance skillz? As I said before, the girl’s got moves. And if you missed the AMAs, surely you remember her high flying Cirque du Soleil performance of “Glitter in the Air” at the 2010 Grammys. Did I mention that the girl’s got moves?

It may say Alecia Moore on her birth certificate, but she’ll always be Pink to us. She’s got a toughness about her that’s incredibly appealing and a soulful, gritty rocker voice that’s powerful and empowering.  And she sings a wicked good pop song.

If God is a DJ, life is a dance floor, love is the rhythm and Pink makes the music.

You disagree?

So what? She’s still a rock star.

TODAY’S POLL: Pink is nominated for Favorite Pop Artist. Which of her albums is your favorite?

Missundaztood (2001)

I’m Not Dead (2006)

Funhouse (2008)

The Truth About Love (2012)

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