By: Tanner Watkins
May 15, 2019 | 12:30 PM
The talent taking part in the Indianapolis 500’s pre-race schedule is coming together – Jim Corneilson will be back for a third year singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” while Kelly Clarkson has been confirmed to perform the National Anthem. The Clarkson announcement was made today by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This is the second consecutive time that Clarkson has performed the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500, and third such occurrence overall after making her IMS debut in 2011.
Clarkson is a three-time Grammy Award winner and is currently a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” which will have their season finale on Tuesday, May 21 – just days before the 103rd Indy 500. The coup in getting Clarkson back to the Speedway on race day plus other celebrities signed in recent weeks has kept the momentum rolling for Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles.
“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,” 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.'”
Clarkson, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, first rose to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” She has grown to become one of the most popular artists of any era, with 18 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles.
Clarkson also is the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts.
The 103rd Indianapolis 500 will be run on Sunday, May 26 with a green flag scheduled for approximately 12:20 PM Eastern. The race will be shown on NBC for the first time in its history, with pre-race coverage beginning at 11:00 AM Eastern.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.
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