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Wynonna Judd to perform National Anthem at 150th Kentucky Derby

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Churchill Downs Racetrack announced that Wynonna Judd will perform the national anthem at this year’s Kentucky Derby, taking place on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The Kentucky native will help kick off the historic 150th Run for the Roses® at Churchill Downs with her National Anthem performance set to take place just after 5:00 p.m. EDT, and broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage. Martha Stewart will serve as the Riders Up announcer.

The 59-year-old Judd, who was born in Ashland, Kentucky, said in a statement: “I am so proud to represent my home state, taking part in one of the most storied and iconic traditions. The Kentucky Derby is something I look forward to every year and being able to perform this year makes the momentous event even more special.”

Mike Anderson, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, added: “Wynonna Judd is a multigenerational talent who has helped shape country music over the years, and a Kentucky native, making her the perfect artist to set the stage for this once-in-a-lifetime Kentucky Derby. We’re excited for Wynonna to bring her powerful voice back to Louisville to convey the wide range of emotion for which this landmark occasion calls.”

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