LOS ANGELES - Pink has been honored at the MTV Video Music Awards, but not without delivering a rousing performance of several of her hits — and a heartfelt speech to her daughter.

Ellen DeGeneres presented Pink with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, noting she has sold nearly 50 million albums worldwide and also recorded the theme song to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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Pink accepted the honor with a powerful speech about her 6-year-old, who Pink says recently told her she was the ugliest girl in her class and she looked like a boy.

Pink says, "We don't change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty."

After the speech, host Katy Perry appeared on stage and said Pink's words moved her to tears before tearing off her wig.

Before receiving the honor, Pink delivered a high-energy medley of her hits. The performance opened with her singing in a lowrider convertible and then riding around the stage on a lawnmower. The camera at one point cut to a shot of Pink's daughter, Willow, watching the performance in awe.