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Pink Skipped The Acrobatics For A Stripped-Down, Inclusive Grammys Performance

Watch her perform "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken."

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We're used to seeing Pink take a high-flying approach to her live performances, and we always love it. During Sunday night's Grammys, however, she opted for a more stripped-down style to perform her song "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken."


Pink dressed in a simple white T-shirt and jeans, with a minimal backdrop and a piano to back her up. But there was another aspect of her performance that set it apart from previous award show appearances — by her and other artists. As she sang, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joined Pink on stage to sign the song's powerful lyrics.

"There's not enough rope to tie me down / There's not enough tape to shut this mouth," Pink sings on the track, which fit with the evening's wide support for the Time's Up movement. "The stones you throw can make me bleed / But I won't stop until we're free."

The inclusion of an ASL interpreter was a lovely touch, although Fuse reiterates the concern of some Twitter users that the show's style of filming Pink's performance may have undermined an effort at inclusion for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The interpreter was not always visible on screen, as the camera focused on Pink for much of the song.

It's not clear how involved the singer herself was in those decisions. Although it may not have been perfect, we admire the gesture and hope to see similar representation from other artists in the future.

Watch Pink's performance in the video below:


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