And though she said she hasn’t yet tried the Derby’s traditional drink of choice, the Mint Julep, Kelly plans to pour one up on Saturday. She’s already a “Star-Spangled Banner” veteran, with performances at a number of NFL games, as well as an ace at singing the notoriously tricky anthem while following COVID-19 protocols at such previous events as last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony.
“I’m so grateful to even be getting asked to do these things through COVID,” Kelly said, noting that she has no problem following whatever protocols are necessary to keep herself and others safe. “It doesn’t throw me off too much as far as mental preparation and getting ready for the performance because I’m just so happy to be there.”
The Kentucky Derby will air on NBC at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.