Brittney Spencer is set to sing the national anthem at the upcoming 148th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 7.
Spencer will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of the approximately 160,000 fans expected to be in attendance at this year’s run for the roses. The performance will take place just after 4 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.
“We are so excited to have Brittney Spencer help us kick off this year’s Run for the Roses by joining us as the coveted national anthem singer,” notes Mike Anderson, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “As an incredible rising talent breaking through in country music right now, we cannot wait to amplify her voice on the Kentucky Derby stage and hear her rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’”
Brittney is the twelfth major artist to perform the national anthem at the iconic horse race. Past artists who have performed include Tori Kelly (2021), Jennifer Nettles (2019), Pentatonix (2018), Harry Connick, Jr. (2017), Lady A (2016), Josh Groban (2015), Jo Dee Messina (2014), Martina McBride (2013), and Mary J. Blige (2012).