The 'Grease' icon passed away on August 8 at the age of 73 following a 30-year battle with breast cancer.
Pop icon Pink paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John at the AMAs with a heartwarming rendition of the ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You." Newton-John passed away in August this year after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 73 years old. The late singer got her big break in the hit 1978 musical Grease where she performed the hit, "Hopelessly Devoted to You."
Ahead of Pink's performance in Los Angeles on Sunday, she spoke highly of Newton-John to Entertainment Tonight. "She was an absolute icon, and also, she was a wonderful human being. I loved her voice," she said. "My daughter just got done doing Grease in her theatre production, and she actually helped me learn the song." Looks like the coaching worked as Pink's powerful vocals came across beautifully as she belted the song. During the performance, photos of the late icon flashed across a screen on stage.
The 43-year-old musician also spoke to PEOPLE before her moving tribute, revealing that Newton-John was not just an "absolute legend" but also a kind person at heart. "And she was really supportive of younger artists and she was present and [had] songs for days. She just was very unique, but you can't think of another person like her," she said.
"I hope I do it justice," Pink added of her performance in honor of the late star. Shortly after news of Newton-John's death broke earlier this year, the Grammy winner shared a sweet snap of the pair on Instagram, captioning it: "Met her maybe three times- and she was an absolute angel. One of the loveliest, kindest, light from within human beings I have ever met. Kindness personified. May she Rest In Peace and may her family be held in love and light during this difficult time."
As for the late Newton-John, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 1992, she became an advocate for breast cancer survivors. The "You're The One I Want" singer even founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Her husband, John Easterling, announced her death on social media, calling his late wife "a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer."
In another post, he described her as "the most courageous woman I've ever known. Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is humanely possible. It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long. In her most difficult times, she always had the spirit, the humor, and the willpower to move things into the light."