Disney “Princess” to Sing National Anthem at Sunday’s Ford 400

With NASCAR’s elite dreaming of taking the checkered flag at the Sprint Cup Series Championship finale this Sunday, it’s fitting that a “Dreamgirl” will be on hand at Homestead-Miami Speedway to first perform the national anthem. Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose—voice of lead-character Tiana in Disney’s upcoming film “The Princess and the Frog”—will honor America prior to the Ford 400.

“I am honored to be part of an amazing and longstanding American pastime,” said Rose.

“I can’t wait to hear her sing the anthem,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. “To have a star of the big screen and Broadway—and now a Disney princess—join us for NASCAR’s Championship- weekend says amazing things about the allure of appearing on motorsports’ biggest stage at THE Championship Track.”

Rose shared a Grammy® nomination—alongside Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Hudson— for the soundtrack of “Dreamgirls.” She also was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® and two NAACP Image Awards, and performed the Grammy-nominated original “Patience” with Knowles and Hudson at the 79th Academy Awards®.

Classically trained at the San Francisco American Conservatory Theater, Rose pursued her drama career in New York City and wasted little time transitioning to the stage in the Broadway production of “Footloose.” Other recent roles include HBO’s “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Film audiences will reunite with Rose this month when she lends her voice to Princess Tiana in Disney’s animated comedy “The Princess and the Frog.”

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