Watch: Mary J. Blige Dazzles The Derby With the U.S. National Anthem

As fans know, Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige was tapped to perform the U.S. National Anthem today at this years annual showdown at the Kentucky Derby. Beaming in a royal red, the singer undoubtedly hope to disprove the naysayers who graded her last stab at the historic number with great mixed review.

Spectators were glued to the Derby to have one question answered: not what’s in the chicken wraps Could Blige best her NBA All-Star performance?

One of few urban acts to ever grace the Kentucky Derby stage, see Mary unwrap a fresh, soulful spin on the historic number below and you tell us :

Yes, she nailed it!  The arrangement, though similar to NBA showing in parts, was still a much much better display of her vocal skill and control. Bravo Mary!

Tidbit:  See yesterday’s soundcheck before today’s big showing:

(source:  Kentucky Derby)

Your thoughts?




  1. May 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    Rashaan says:

    GREAT JOB MARY!!!!!!!! Very soulful but extremely classy!!!!!!!

  2. May 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    Darshelle Jones says:

    Excellect range control.

  3. May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    Whitney RIP says:

    Outstanding rendition !

  4. May 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    toohotfortv says:

    umm… it was aight.

  5. May 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm
    millhouse says:

    Ummm… Was I the only one who heard her go flat on the most important note of the song?!?! -__- it was all good till the end when she fuckd it up…. SMH … Those white people at the Durby seemed to Love it tough…

    except for….

    @ the 1:45 mark look at the soldiers expression when Mary goes for the high note, and look at the lady behind him holding her chest and cringing. lol

  6. May 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    The Queen slayed! Enough said.

  7. May 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    Beyonce's Kryptonite says:

    Mary J. Blige gets a standing O from me.

  8. May 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    bhjewelrydesigns says:

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  9. May 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    MONINJBHJV says:

    THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. May 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    Storm says:

    @millhouse —
    @ the 1:45 mark look at the soldiers expression when Mary goes for the high note, and look at the lady behind him holding her chest and cringing. lol

    You probably never serviced in the military… I am retired. Did 21 plus years (I serviced in Iraq, Kuwait and Panama). It doesn’t matter who would’ve song the Nation Anthem… As a Soldier we DO NOT smile or grin or LOL when the National Anthem is performed or played.. That’s our call of’s our secret code and proper protocol.. Enough said. ***Freaken’ AWESOME JOB… You Nailed MJB!!! Thank you for keeping it classy and traditional….!!!!!! U SO ROCK OUT LOUD!!!!

  11. May 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    Eyebrow says:

    What’s in the new chicken wrap?

  12. May 6, 2012 at 12:00 am
    Teamkimbitch says:

    Hey Shug Avery

  13. May 6, 2012 at 12:38 am
    Brooklynn says:

    She did great. I loved it. I’d like to see your fav get in front of 150,000+ with no music, no pre-recorded vocals, no background vocals and do the same. I think not. The Queen reigns supreme.

  14. May 6, 2012 at 1:34 am
    JER says:

    uht uhn. UHT UHNNN. I AM NOT HERE FOR MARY J BLIGESES to f*** up the national anthem AGAIN. This is the 2nd time she caught sqawking away

  15. May 6, 2012 at 1:49 am
    wuz in dem chicken raps? says:

    crispy chicken!! Wrapped up in a…flour tortilla!!!!

  16. May 6, 2012 at 2:07 am
    wuz in dem chicken raps? says:

    mary will never beez as classy as queen bey bey! LMAO @ this mess!!

  17. May 6, 2012 at 3:09 am
    JuanR says:


  18. May 6, 2012 at 3:27 am
    Deji says:

    Listen to Afrodisiac by Teni! She’s the new Sade!

  19. May 6, 2012 at 5:18 am
    @NajSinger says:

    Did anyone else notice that the announcer said she’d sing “A” National Anthem and not “Our” National Anthem as is commonly said before a performer sings the US National Anthem? #LowKeyDisrespect

  20. May 6, 2012 at 6:33 am
    Mr.Geezy says:

    I feel Mary held her own.

  21. May 6, 2012 at 8:09 am
    IMO says:

    Awful, as per usual! Gosh, may she never sing this EVER again! Heard child birth in more tune

  22. May 6, 2012 at 8:56 am
    mobwife says:


    MJB sang the hell out of that song! Now that’s how you deliver the U.S. National Anthem! This is the THIRD BEST rendition I’ve ever eard after Whitney Houston followed by Marvin Gaye!

  23. May 6, 2012 at 9:03 am
    mobwife says:

    PETA, I wonder why breeding is acceptable when it’s horses for say the KY Derby? Oh right, I forgot…..LOL 🙂 –>fanatical, fringe, racist organization

  24. May 6, 2012 at 10:05 am
    Anne says:

    Good job Mary!

  25. May 6, 2012 at 10:07 am
    Anne says:

    Nice, soulful rendition but not feeling the dress and hat.

  26. May 6, 2012 at 10:08 am
    Anne says:

    or gloves.

  27. May 6, 2012 at 10:21 am
    JohnVidal (RIPWhitney-true great) says:

    Her voice is not for this. Just that

  28. May 6, 2012 at 11:09 am
    VA STAND UP!! says:

    I’m sorry but she didn’t sound that good at all to me. I don’t see this as any better than her last trainwreck performance of this song. The National Anthem is a tough song to say and not everyone can handle it. This just isn’t a good song for Mary to sing. In fact she wasn’t even ‘singing’ she was screaming. There was nothing ‘soulful’ about this performance it was just painful to watch. And to think this was just her sound check. Eek!

  29. May 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    BOOBOO says:


  30. May 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm
    Deveal2014 says:

    Loved it !!!!!Love her

  31. May 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    Tru Voice says:

    She did the best she could do. Take that how you want.

  32. May 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm
    godblessedone says:

    Mary J did an excellent Job… she the best……..been a fan since day one…..Haters aint nothing but amirers…….God Bless u Mary J…. do u baby…..Stop hating people .let me see u sing…. Give back ……married…. role model….. where is your recording contract…… Hello…. haters…….let’s just support each other……. that was a beautiful……love me some Mary J……you go girl…….. it dosen’t matter if you good or bad people going to talk about u anyhow…… so it like whatever…..Mary j …. is still the best in the game…. if u worred about what people say about u all the time u will go crazy…. president obama is a good man … that talk about hime too… sad…. when u are a hater on others …. u are a unhappy person… yourself……
    people even talked about jesus….. and God ….and jesus and God are amazing…. the best……. Good…….. it werid the more u messed up and this world the more people accept u and like u but if u doing the right things and positve then something is wrong with u…. I’m on God side for life and Mary J…. she a good person …….blessings to everyone…….

  33. May 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm
    Johnb says:

    Y’all love to hate on Mary ! Smh and she is way to classy ! Y’all must have been watching a different video 0.0 and why do you have to compare her to beyonce beyonce is trash compared to Mary ! Beyonce can’t do what Mary has done ! Mary came in the game and made a whole new genre ! Beyonce came in r&b and sold out for more record sells she can’t do r&b she is too pop now ! She needs to get back with kelly she knows r&b but Mary did her thing ! Mary is the queen !!!

  34. May 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    Boopi says:


    Much better Mary YASSSS!! She seems to do better under pressure.

  35. May 7, 2012 at 1:15 am
    ass says:


    stay delusional! Bey bey eats mary live on her worse day. I love mary, but she falling off. Oop! 🙂

  36. May 7, 2012 at 1:21 am
    ass says:

    just kidding! Mary did a decent job. I don’t know why beyonce was brought up. Lmao! Some people need attention.

  37. May 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm
    Anne says:

    Guess Im the only one who thinks the outfit is hideous.

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