LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Kentucky native is set to perform the National Anthem at the 149th Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs announced Tuesday.
Grammy-winning country music singer, songwriter, and Taylor Mill native Carly Pearce will sing the national anthem prior to the May 6 event.
In February, Carly won her first Grammy for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” with Ashley McBryde, becoming the first female pairing to win the duo/group performance category.
“Carly Pearce has been taking the country music world by storm with an impressive year of musical performances,” Mike Anderson, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack, said. “We are excited for her to take center stage in Louisville to sing our national anthem and kick off this storied celebration.”
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Carly joins the star-studded list of singers to perform the National Anthem at the Derby, including Brittney Spencer (2022), Tori Kelly (2021), Jennifer Nettles (2019), Pentatonix (2018), Harry Connick, Jr. (2017), Lady A (2016), Josh Groban (2015), Jo Dee Messina (2014), Martina McBride (2013), and Mary J. Blige (2012).
Her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will take place just after 5 p.m. on Derby Day and is expected to be broadcast to 16 million people around the world.