On This Day in Pink History… 9th October 2001, Get The Party Started was released
Get The Party Started was the first single released from Pink’s second album, Missundaztood. It was written and produced by Linda Perry.
It reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December, 2001, becoming one of Pink’s biggest solo hits in the U.S. with “Most Girls” also reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000 and “So What”, “Raise Your Glass”, and “Just Give Me a Reason” reaching number one in 2008, 2010, and 2013 respectively, and “Fuckin’ Perfect” that reached number two in America. It peaked at number two in the UK, where it was narrowly denied the top spot by the posthumous release of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”. It reached number-one in Australia and number-two in many European countries most notably Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, being held off from the top position by Shakira’s smash hit “Whenever, Wherever”. “Get the Party Started” was certified gold in Australia, Austria, Germany, France Sweden and Switzerland, and in Norway it received a platinum certification. The song was nominated for aGrammy Award in 2003 in the category of “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”, which it lost to Norah Jones’s “Don’t Know Why”. It won the award for “Favorite Song” at the Kids’ Choice Awards of 2002, and at the MTV Europe Music Awards of 2002 it won the award for “Best Song”. “Get the Party Started” is often considered one of Pink’s signature songs as she tends to finish her shows with this song in her encore section along with a ballad song such as “Nobody Knows” and “Glitter In The Air”. In December, the song was listed as number 81 on Rolling Stone‘s Top Songs of the 2000s.
The music video was shot by director Dave Meyers in Los Angeles in late September 2001. At 1 minute and 46 seconds into the video, an American Flag is shown, a nod to the September 11 attacks just days earlier. In the video Pink is showering and getting ready to go out, trying on different outfits. One of her friends picks her up, and they drive in a car bobbing their heads to the music. However, the car breaks down. They get out of the car and steal two skateboards from two boys, after which Pink falls off her skateboard because men in a car are whistling at her. The women arrive at the club but are refused entry by the bodyguard, so to get in they use a scaffold to reach the top of the building. Inside the club the bartender is played by Linda Perry. Pink changes her clothes and starts to party, and at the end Pink dances with two other dancers. She takes off her earrings and necklace and gives it to a person. One of the dancers in the video is Kevin Federline. Also seen is Georvohn Lambert; he became a dancer for other R&B artists. The video uses an abbreviated version of the song, cutting out the last chorus, and also cutting out the instrumentals. The video was nominated at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for “Best Pop Video” and won the awards for “Best Female Video” and “Best Dance Video”.