A Kentuckian set the stage for Tuesday night's NBA Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marlana VanHoose, a 19-year-old blind musician from Denver, Ky., sang the national anthem before Game 6 in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
VanHoose became a viral video sensation after singing The Star Spangled Banner at a University of Kentucky women's basketball game in 2012 and has gone on to perform at sporting events and gospel shows across the nation. She also belted out an impressive national anthem at Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign launch event in April.
VanHoose has been blind since birth and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She is known for a powerful singing voice that belies her physical stature.
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VanHoose was excited for the opportunity to sing Tuesday night, saying on her Facebook page:
"Yay!!!! First there was Rascal Flatts, then Usher, then Me, Marlana VanHoose. These are the singers that sung for the NBA Finals for Cleveland. WooHoo!!! I get to sing for Game 6 for the NBA Finals for the Clevelaaaand Cavalieeeeeers!!!!!!!!"
According to her website, VanHoose is scheduled to ride aboard a float during Lexington's Independence Day parade.