Rimes to Sing Banner at Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Country music star LeAnn Rimes will help
start a new tradition at the Kentucky Derby this year.

Churchill Downs says Rimes will be the first national recording
artist to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the historic
racetrack in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Derby Day ceremonies.

The 135th Run for the Roses will be held May 2.

Churchill Downs Senior Vice President Kevin Flanery says Rhimes'
performance will "begin a 21st-century Derby tradition."

The track says the Fort Knox Army Band will continue its
tradition of performing an instrumental version of the national

The 26-year-old Rimes is a two-time Grammy winner.
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