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Harry Connick Jr. Performs National Anthem at Kentucky Derby: Watch

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Harry Connick Jr. sings the national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Ky.

Harry Connick Jr. kicked off the Kentucky Derby with a performance of the National Anthem on Saturday (May 6).

The singer (also known for his stint as an American Idol judge) delivered an understated version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the piano at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The event was broadcast live on NBC.

“Every time I get a chance to sing the national anthem it reminds me of how lucky we are to live in this country," Connick Jr. told Today in an interview earlier in the day. "To be able to sing it at the Kentucky Derby is a very proud moment for me."

Watch his performance below.