LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at Indy 500

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LeAnn Rimes performs onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
LeAnn Rimes performs onstage at the American Country Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
Actor and singer Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car owner Michael Andretti looks on during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Marco Andretti talks with his father Michael following a test session in preparation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch is seen following a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch sits in his car in between practices during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch talks with crew members following a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Marco Andretti on track during a test session in preparation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Kurt Busch practices a pit stop during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Country music star Brantley Gilbert watches Indy Car drive Sage Karam during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Sage Karam looks on during rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 5: Indy Car driver Sage Karam practices on track during a rookie orientation for the May 25 Indianapolis 500 mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 19: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet celebrates after winning the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship at the Auto Club Speedway on October 19, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 19: Will Power of Australia, driver of the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet leads at the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship at the Auto Club Speedway on October 19, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 19: Sebastien Bourdais of France, driver of the #7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara races side by side with Charlie Kimball driver of the #83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda during the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship at the Auto Club Speedway on October 19, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 19: The car of Justin Wilson of England driver of the #19 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara Honda gets towed after a crash during the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship at the Auto Club Speedway on October 19, 2013 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Will Power, of Australia, takes a turn during testing for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race on the new road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, takes a turn during testing for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race on the new road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Graham Rahal takes a turn during testing for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race on the new road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sebastien Bourdais, of France, takes a turn during testing for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race on the new road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Race driver Kurt Busch practices at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Rookie Orientation Program in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Busch will try to be the first driver in a decade to compete in IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Cup's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The front tire on the car of race driver Kurt Busch is shown during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Rookie Orientation Program in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Busch will try to be the first driver in a decade to compete in IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Cup's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Race driver Kurt Busch climbs into his car during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Rookie Orientation Program in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Busch will try to be the first driver in a decade to compete in IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 and Sprint Cup's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Race car driver Kurt Busch speeds into the first turn during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Rookie Orientation Program in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Busch will try to be the first driver in a decade to compete in IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 auto races and Sprint Cup's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Jim Nabors during 90th Running of The Indianapolis 500 - The Indy 500 All Star Festival Parade in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Jim Nabors waves before singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" beforethe Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Country music star LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem before the start of this year's Indianapolis 500.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the selection Thursday. Rimes said in a statement that it is an honor to be picked to sing the anthem at the race's 98th running on May 25.

Rimes had her first national hit in 1996 when she was 13 years old and has since won multiple Grammy Awards.

This year's pre-race festivities will be highlighted by what actor Jim Nabors says will be his final singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the track. The 83-year-old Nabors has performed the song nearly every year since 1972.

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