LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 23, 2012) -- Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem prior to the 138th running of Kentucky Derby Sat., May 5 at Churchill Downs.
A native of New York City, Blige, who has been dubbed the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul,” will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner following the running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the race that precedes the Kentucky Derby.
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.