Mary J. Blige to Sing National Anthem at Derby

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
** FILE ** Recording artist Mary J. Blige arrives for the

** FILE ** Recording artist Mary J. Blige arrives for the "Target Celebrates Mary J. Blige Album Release" event at the SoHo Grand hotel in this Dec. 18, 2007, file photo in New York. Blige is returning to "One Life to Live." The Grammy-winning singer taped another appearance Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, on the ABC soap opera. She last visited the fictional town of Llanview in July 2006 to perform hits from her multiplatinum album "The Breakthrough." (AP Photo/Gary He, file)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A statement from Churchill Downs says Blige, who has been called the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul," will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Louisville track around 5:10 p.m. on May 5, shortly before the running of the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Blige has received nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards since her debut album "What's the 411" in 1992 that had two No. 1 hits -- "You Remind Me" and "Real Love."


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