It may have been a rainy, dreary day for the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 4), but that did not dampen the spirits of Jennifer Nettles, who performed a stunning rendition of the National Anthem.
Attending her first Kentucky Derby ever, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was decked out in a purple tulle covered dress, with the perfect Derby fascinator. Her hat, which was pink, sat tall atop her head complete with an oversized rose, leaves and wispies protruding in classic Derby style.
Jennifer took to Instagram to show off her Derby look prior to singing the National Anthem at the start of the race.
“It’s almost time!!!! Singing the National Anthem at @kentuckyderby today!!! What a treat. I don’t know, is my fascinator big enough?,” she wrote.
Speaking to the Lexington Herald Ledger on the red carpet, the “Unlove You” singer shared a hint of how she was going to approach the “Star Spangled Banner” for the big day.
“I’m going to approach it they way I always have done it, which is, I like to add a little bit of style to it but I’m not super flowery about it,” she said. “People like to sing along to it so you gotta keep it pretty structured.”
Jennifer did just that as she belted out the familiar tune in front of an estimated 160,000 Derby attendants.
The 44-year-old isn’t the only country artist to sing the anthem for the Derby. LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina and Lady Antebellum have also been honored with the task.
A job well done, Jennifer.
— 🌷 Wendy Goforth 🌷 (@Purpletenn) May 4, 2019