Mary J. Blige to sing at the Kentucky Derby

Mary J. Blige performs onstage at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammys Party on Feb. 9, 2012, in Hollywood, Calif.

(CBS/AP) R&B songstress Mary J. Blige may have to go shopping for a fancy new hat.

The multiple Grammy winner is set to sing the national anthem at this year's Kentucky Derby.

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A statement from Churchill Downs on Monday says Blige, who has been called the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul," will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Louisville track around 5:10 p.m. on May 5, shortly before the running of the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Blige, 41, has received nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards since her debut album "What's the 411" in 1992 that had two No. 1 hits: "You Remind Me" and "Real Love." A sometimes actress, Blige has appeared on "30 Rock," "Entourage" and in some Tyler Perry movies, and will be seen this summer in "Rock of Ages."


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