Robin Williams was a much loved man. His talent and spark radiated across the screen and the stage, winning him the adoration of fans across the globe; and he also left a lasting impression on the people he met.
In 2003, Pink was up for two awards at the Grammys – Best Pop Vocal Album for Missundaztood and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Get the Party Started’.
She’d won the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals award the previous year for ‘Lady Marmalade’, but this was the first time she had received solo nominations.
As such, it’s no surprise she was devastated when Norah Jones came along and scooped both awards – as well as four others. Luckily for Pink – or Alecia Beth Moore, as no one calls her – Williams was on hand to ‘launch into a 15-minute stand up routine’ for her.
Looking back on the touching moment, the 42-year-old said she was glad she didn’t win the awards.
Speaking to Billboard in 2019, she said: “I was with Carey [her husband], and I was holding on to his arm so f***ing tight because I wanted it so bad.”
Once the winners were announced, Pink broke down and that was when the late Williams stepped in with an improvised performance for the emotional singer.
Pink said: “He made fun of everybody that walked by. He was so compassionate and lovely to me that it ended up being one of my favourite moments of my career.
“I was so glad I f***ing lost. My Grammy would be sitting down at my guesthouse collecting dust, but I have the memory of Robin Williams being an amazing person.”
You’d have to agree that anecdote sounds more valuable than the awards. Plus, she went on to win two more Grammys anyway, so the dust in her guesthouse is getting collected just fine too.
Williams tragically took his own life in 2014 following a long battle with depression.
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