Many of country and Gospel's leading ladies turned out at the Grand Ole Opry this past Tuesday for the annual "Opry Goes Pink" performance. A yearly tradition that serves as a partnership between the legendary WSM radio show and Women Rock For The Cure, LeAnn Rimes opened the program by flipping the switch on for the show's signature barn backdrop -- which was pink instead of the normal red in honor of breast cancer awareness.
It was a notable night for many of the performers -- including "American Idol" alum Mandisa -- who performed on the Opry stage for the first time. Backstage, she told Billboard the evening was very special to her – from a musical standpoint. "I was eliminated from American Idol during country week my season," she admits, "so being able to sing here tonight felt like redemption." She also had a personal reason for being there. "I have a friend who is battling breast cancer, so coming together with Women Rock meant a lot to me."
For Natalie Grant, the night had several meanings -- and a phone call that she savored. "I'm thrilled to represent Christian and gospel music here tonight, especially on a night like this, where it's all about hope and healing. I feel like the kind of music I make is all about hope and healing, so I feel it's a perfect match. Right before I came out here, Curb called and told me my latest album, Hurricane, debuted at No. 1, so I'm very excited about that. All of those things combined helped to make it a night that I'll never forget."