Wynonna Delivers Memorable National Anthem Performance At The 150th Kentucky Derby

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Wynonna Judd, a Kentucky native and renowned country music superstar, showcased her vocal prowess by singing the National Anthem at the 150th Kentucky Derby.

A Stellar Performance At The Historic Event

The five-time Grammy winner mesmerized the audience with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” just before the commencement of the race on May 4. Her performance added to the lineup of stellar acts by fellow Kentucky-born artists Carly Pearce, Brittney Spencer, Tori Kelly, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, and many others.

Country star Carly Pearce sang the National Anthem at the 2023 Kentucky Derby.

An Emotional Full-Circle Moment

Announcing the news, Wynonna shared on social media, “Kentucky, I’m coming HOME! From going to the racetrack as a little girl to now singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ during this MILESTONE year, it’s such a full-circle moment.”

She further expressed her excitement by posting another photo on her social media account wearing her Derby fascinator, sharing, “I’m so excited that I’ve been wearing my Derby fascinator around the farm.”


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Just over a week before the race, Wynonna shared a video featuring her unique take on preparing a mint julep, which is considered the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. Take notes on her recipe below!

According to Wynonna, having some “good Kentucky vibes” is essential!


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A Proud Representative Of Kentucky

Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Wynonna Judd, 59, has made significant contributions to the music industry throughout her career, both as a solo artist and as part of The Judds with her late mother, Naomi Judd.

Her hits such as “Why Not Me,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” and “Love Can Build A Bridge” have left an indelible mark on the industry.

Recognizing Wynonna’s significance in country music, Mike Anderson, the president of Churchill Downs Racetrack, expressed, “Wynonna Judd is a multigenerational talent who has helped shape country music over the years, and a Kentucky native, making her the perfect artist to set the stage for this once-in-a-lifetime Kentucky Derby.”

In a news release, Wynonna expressed her pride in representing her home state:

“The Kentucky Derby is something I look forward to every year, and being able to perform this year makes the momentous event even more special.”

During a special interview with PEOPLE, Wynonna delved deeper into the importance of performing the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby. The opportunity to sing at this prestigious event holds a special place in her heart, as she fondly remembers the days spent watching horse racing with her family.

“I grew up going to Keeneland,” Wynonna recalled of the track in Lexington, Kentucky. “Standing on the backside as they come around and hearing the thunderous sound of the hooves hitting the dirt, I was just always overcome with emotion. I still think about it. I think to this day, besides having my children, it’s one of the greatest memories of my life. My sweet Papa was there every single year, and he took me.”

Fans applauded Wynonna’s performance at the Kentucky Derby, praising her exceptional vocals.

Experience the unforgettable moment of Wynonna’s National Anthem performance at the historic 150th Kentucky Derby below!

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