Kentucky Derby reveals major country star will sing national anthem before 150th running

Wynonna Judd is off to the races! The country music icon is returning to her roots by performing the National Anthem at the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4.

For the Grammy-winning singer, it’s a homecoming of sorts. A Kentucky native, Wynonna grew up attending the race as a spectator, and now she’ll have the honor of singing the National Anthem at the historic Run for the Roses.

Mike Anderson, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, called Wynonna “the perfect artist to set the stage for this once-in-a-lifetime Kentucky Derby.” He said, “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.”

Wynonna said, “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.”