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Josh Groban to sing national anthem at the Kentucky Derby

FILE - In this March 9, 2015, file photo, singer Josh Groban attends the 2015 Silver Circle Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Groban has been selected to sing the national anthem at the annual Kentucky Derby, to be held May 2, 2015, at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this March 9, 2015, file photo, singer Josh Groban attends the 2015 Silver Circle Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Groban has been selected to sing the national anthem at the annual Kentucky Derby, to be held May 2, 2015, at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

For Josh Groban, the second time will be the charm at the Kentucky Derby.

The multiplatinum-selling Groban has been selected to sing the national anthem at the annual thoroughbred race, to be held May 2 at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. It is an upgrade for Groban; the last time he attended the event, he was a spectator.

The classically inspired crooner will become the seventh person to sing the national anthem at the Derby; the tradition started in 2009.

The race is the first in the Triple Crown; the next will be the Preakness Stakes on May 16, followed by the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

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