Beautiful Trauma was preceded by “What About Us,” one of Pink’s most politically charged songs to date. Recorded in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the track attempted to reflect the nation’s collective confusion. Its accompanying video also featured audio footage of a speech from New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie and one particular voter’s defiant response.
Pink worked on the album, moreover, with regular producers Max Martin, Shellback and Greg Kurstin. There were also contributions from other recording artists, including singer-songwriters Tobias Jesso Jr. and Julia Michaels and fun.’s Jack Antonoff. However, only one collaborator could actually be heard on the record.