Country music star LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 8, 2014) – Country star LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem ahead of the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, speedway officials announced Thursday.

Rimes, the youngest person ever to win a Grammy Award and the first country artist to take home a Grammy for Best New Artist, said it’s “truly an honor” to perform at the track.

Rimes broke into country music in 1996, when “Blue” hit the top of Billboard’s country albums chart and stayed there for three months. Rimes was just 13 years old. Since then, she’s released 10 studio albums, three compilation albums and a pair of greatest hit albums. She’s sold more than 40 million records worldwide.

“The adrenaline at the Speedway is felt around the world and I know I am one of millions who is so excited to hear those six legendary words ‘ladies and gentlemen, start your engines,’” Rimes said in a news release.

In June, Rimes will release an album of dance remixes. She’s also set to star in “LeAnn & Eddie,” an upcoming reality show on VH1.

Here’s a look at the last five people to perform the national anthem at the race:

  • 2013- Sandi Patty
  • 2012 – Martina McBride
  • 2011 – Seal & Kelly Clarkson
  • 2010 – Jewel
  • 2009 – Major Lisa Kopczynski from the Indiana National Guard