Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem before the start of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27.
This marks a return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Clarkson, who sang the anthem prior to the 2011 race with Seal while accompanied on piano by David Foster.
The Fort Worth, Texas, native rose to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” Since then she has earned more than 100 No. 1 singles on all Billboard charts and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. She has won three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Association Award.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kelly back to IMS on Race Day to sing the national anthem for hundreds of thousands of fans in the stands and millions of viewers around the world,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “She is an incredible live performer with a wonderful and instantly recognizable voice. We look forward to her rendition of the national anthem during one of the most poignant moments of this iconic global sporting spectacle.”
Clarkson has released eight studio albums, one greatest hits album and two children’s books. She also is a coach on the 14th season of the hit TV singing competition, “The Voice,” which premiered in February.