At Tuesday (Oct. 27) night’s seventh annual "Opry Goes Pink" breast-cancer awareness show, Grammy, ACM, and CMA award-winner Kacey Musgraves brought sparkle, sass and an important message to Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry stage.
Clad in a hot pink sequin romper, the singer opened the show by flipping a giant pink switch that flooded the signature barn background in pink light. She then kicked off the musical portion of the evening with a playful performance of “Biscuits,” the first single off her sophomore album Pageant Material.
She would later return for more, but in the meantime, Clare Bowen took the stage for a spirited performance that brought audience members to their feet. While singing her original song “Drum,” the “Nashville” actress danced through the crowd in a pink tutu and flower crown and sweetly embraced a friend with cancer.
Cassadee Pope performed her empowering new single “I Am Invincible,” a fitting choice for the evening with lyrics like “I’m invincible / I’m unbreakable / I’m a diamond cut to last / I’m unstoppable / I’m a hero / Like a phoenix from the ash.”
"The Voice" winner reminisced about her Opry memories, telling the audience, “It’s on this stage where I accepted the [RIAA-certified] platinum plaque for “Wasting All These Tears.” It’s just crazy being here two years later and playing this [stage again].”
In between energetic performances of some of her greatest hits, Opry member Lorrie Morgan discussed her personal relationship with cancer explaining, “Last year, I lost one of my very best friends to cancer and we miss her every single day, so I’m happy to be here tonight.”
For the finale, Musgraves returned to the stage for three more songs, starting with the light-hearted "Family Is Family," which got audience members, many of whom were seated next to kin, smiling and laughing. She switched gears for “Late To The Party,” a retro slow dance ballad with delicate harmonies. Before wrapping things up with a sultry Nancy Sinatra cover, she looked at the audience and matter-of-factly stated: “I have to say, cancer sucks, but the Opry doesn’t.”
Other performers included Opry members Terri Clark and Montgomery Gentry. $5 from every ticket sold was donated to Women Rock For The Cure™, a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) organization that provides support to young women with breast cancer. Past performers of the event include The Judds, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood.
Musgraves recently released her second single off Pageant Material, "Dime Store Cowgirl," a sentimental song that recounts the small-town singer's introduction to fame and success. In November she will take her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue tour to Europe.