It's one of the biggest events in American sports, so it only makes sense that the Indianapolis 500 will bring out one of America's most versatile singers. It was announced today that country star LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies at the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"To sing the national anthem at one of the most prestigious racing events is truly an honor," said Rimes. "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."
In 1996, LeAnn burst upon the country music scene with the Bill Mack-written "Blue." The success of the song, which peaked at No. 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, lifted the then-14-year-old Texan to become the youngest person to ever win a Grammy Award. Rimes has gone on to post hits with songs like "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)," "I Need You," and "Something's Gotta Give." She has sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
Rimes had a hand in penning every song on her 2007 release "Family," which received two Grammy nominations. Her album, "Spitfire," her most personal to date, was released on June 4, 2013 and was immediately a critics' favorite. It debuted at No. 9 on Billboard's Top Country Album chart and number four on iTunes.
In June 2014 Rimes will release an album of dance remixes entitled, "Dance Like You Don't Give A ….". She is also the star of the upcoming VH1 show, "LeAnn & Eddie," set to premiere in July.