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Mary J. Blige will sing national anthem at Derby

Read more: Ashton Kutcher tops list of Barnstable Brown Gala celebrities. After presenting the Star-Spangled Banner in a country and pop voice the past few years, the Kentucky Derby will take a soulful turn before this year’s Run for the … Continue reading

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Appreciation: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Whitney Houston made children of the 1980s do something we weren’t used to: listen to a voice. Whether you were into hair metal bands, European-influenced new wave or the emerging hip hop genre, Reagan-era music was more about styles than … Continue reading

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Derby keeping national anthem country

For the second straight year, the Kentucky Derby is going to have a celebrity sing the Star-Spangled Banner, and like the inaugural turn last year, a country star will have the honors. Lexington and Louisville NBC affiliates (WLEX and WAVE, … Continue reading

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LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at the Kentucky Derby

Big-time sporting events have long had star musicians perform The Star-Spangled Banner with sometimes spectacular (Jennifer Hudson) and other times less-than-sterling (Roseanne) results. The Kentucky Derby, however, has avoided that trend, instead hanging its colorful hat on the annual sing … Continue reading

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