Jordin Sparks to sing National Anthem at Indy 500

Jordin Sparks arrives at the 2015 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Grammy-nominated singer Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem before the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, IMS officials announced Tuesday.

Sparks’ career first took off in 2007, when she became the youngest person to win “American Idol” at the age of 17. She’s set to release her third album this summer.

“The opportunity to sing at the world’s largest one-day sporting event is the thrill of a lifetime,” Sparks told the IMS. “I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Sparks has also pursued careers in acting and Broadway, most recently starring along-side the late Whitney Houston in “Sparkle” in 2012.

Other notable performers who have sung the National Anthem before the 500 include LeAnn Rimes, Kelly Clarkson, Seal, Julianne Hough, Jessica Simpson, Steven Tyler and Jewel.

The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 24 at 12:15 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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