LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at Indy 500

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LeAnn Rimes performs onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced country singer LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.

Rimes was the youngest person to ever win a Grammy Award and was the first country artist to win the Grammy for Best New Artist.

“To sing the national anthem at one of the most prestigious racing events is truly an honor. 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.

Rimes is releasing her next album in June. She is also the star of the upcoming VH1 show, “LeAnn & Eddie,” which is set to premiere in July.

“The pre-race pageantry of the Indianapolis 500 is one of the most exciting traditions in sports and a highlight of those activities is the singing of our national anthem. We are looking forward to LeAnn Rimes’ performance and hearing her amazing voice as we pay tribute to our great nation and the men and women who have served to defend our freedoms,” J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, said.

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