Mary J. Blige To Sing National Anthem At Kentucky Derby 138

By: Jeremy Muncy - April 23, 2012

It was announced today that Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem prior to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. Blige, who has been dubbed the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul”, is scheduled to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” around 5:10 p.m. ET, just following the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which is the race that precedes the Kentucky Derby. Blige follows Jordin Sparks who had the honor of singing it during the 2011 running.

The Kentucky Derby informed their fans today that Mary J. Blige would be singing the National Anthem, via Twitter:

Mary J. Blige will be the National Anthem singer at Kentucky Derby 138! She will sing at approximately 5pm ET on May 5! 4 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto gives a good breakdown on Blige’s career:

A singer/songwriter from the age of 18, Blige introduced her debut album, “What’s the 411,” in 1992. With two R&B No. 1 hits, “You Remind Me” and “Real Love,” the album immediately went multi-platinum. Together with her follow-up albums, eight of which have gone multi-platinum, Blige’s work has achieved worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums. She has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of a staggering 29 nominations) and four American Music Awards. Currently in release is her 10th studio album, “My Life II. . .The Journey Continues (Act 1),” a sequel to her highly successful 1994 classic “My Life.” “My Life II” includes the cornerstone track “Living Proof,” which was featured as the closing song for the hit movie “The Help” and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Guest artists featured on “My Life II” include Drake, Busta Rhymes and Beyonce. Blige co-wrote “I Can See Color” for the soundtrack of the 2009 movie “Precious.” In June, she will appear in “Rock of Ages,” the theatrical version of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, with stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta Jones.

News of Blige’s Kentucky Derby appearance began to spread around Twitter, and some took it as time to knock here for her recent Burger King snafu:

Mary J Blige will sing the national anthem at the #kyderby. Get your mute button, ooops, I mean DVR ready.(image) 4 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Wow, Mary J. Blige is going to sing National Anthem at the KY Derby. Cool(image) 4 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Mary J Blige’s gonna sing the anthem at Kentucky Derby…I know there’s a chicken wrap joke in there somewhere, give me a few seconds…(image) 16 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Wow, Mary J. Blige is sining the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby this year. I’m very surprised that KY chose an urban entertainer.(image) 3 minutes ago via Samsung Mobile ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Churchill Downs will conduct the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012.

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    PLEASE!!!! DON’T let this damn nig into the Derby. PLEASE, spare ALL of AMERICA from this heinous CRIMINAL ACT!!!! 8(

    • amerina

      keep your racist comments aimed towards your momma, oops, i forget my daddy just got through with her, pick her up at the city dunp.

  • Dean A.

    A horrible decision. What a horrible humiliation this is intended to be.

  • Keith Miller

    Ma\y J. Blige’s attempt at the Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) at the Kentcky Derby was a national disgrace! Did she do this on purpose or is she just untalented and stupid? I, for one am sick and tired of hearing these wannabes make a decision to alter our National Anthem for their own personal whatever. They can do what they want with other songs or tunes, but what she did was a sacrilige. The Kentucky Derby Committe should be ashamed for not finding out what she was up to before letting her loose.

  • storm

    @Keith Miller.. I was there at the Derby..and she did an AWESOME job and a absolutly fabulous Job. Maybe if The Kentucky Derby Committe got Rosanna Barr to sing it…you would be happier and appreciate it more.. enough said. Excellent job by MJB..

    Just listen to crowd booin’ @ Rosanne Barr singing your National Anthem.. As you quoted “Did she do this on purpose or is she just untalented and stupid!!”