Photo Diary: Behind the Scenes at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony with Cassadee Pope

The singer takes PEOPLE backstage at Saturday's star-studded event in L.A.

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Pope's performance is a monumental one for her career, she reveals to PEOPLE. "Dressed and ready to go. 30 mins before I go on stage to sing 'I Am Invincible.' This is the biggest crowd I have ever sung in front of. 70,000 people!!! I can't contain my excitement. I'm so honored to be singing at this inspiring event."