American Idol alum and The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem before the start of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kelly will sing on Race Day in the traditional spot before the 33 drivers are called to their cars in front of the largest single-day spectator sporting event crowd in the world. The performance will take place on the heels of the Tuesday, May 21 season 16 finale of NBC’s The Voice.
It’s not Kelly’s first time singing the Anthem at the 500. This will be the second consecutive year and third time overall she has performed the anthem before the Indianapolis 500, as she also sang in 2011 with Seal while accompanied on piano by David Foster.
“It’s a pleasure 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 a global icon and an incredible singer, and our fans have loved her performances of the anthem last year and in 2011. We look forward to her delivering another stirring, poignant rendition just before engines are fired for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”
Kelly has released eight studio albums and one greatest hits album. Her most recent album and first for Atlantic Records is the Grammy-nominated Meaning of Life. She also has written two children’s books, including the New York Times Top 10 best-seller River Rose and the Magical Lullaby.
Along with her role on The Voice, Kelly hosted the Billboard Music Awards for a second consecutive year and voiced the character of Moxy in STXFilms’ UglyDolls in 2019. Kelly also is scheduled to make her daytime debut with her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, airing in September 2019 on NBC.