Belmont Stakes

Grammy Nominee Daughtry and Country Music Duo Maddie & Tae to Perform at the 2016 Belmont Stakes

Jaime Villegas

By Jaime Villegas

February 15, 2016

American_Pharoah8_credit_adam_mooshian_david_alcosser2.jpgTonight is music’s biggest night with the presentation of The 58th Annual Grammy Awards! To honor this event we’ll take a look at the all-star talent that will headline the entertainment with performances at the 2016 Belmont Stakes! What better way to celebrate America’s most prestigious music award ceremony than by highlighting some of the most acclaimed artists and uplifting the up-and-coming generation of talent.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced last week that multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated recording artist Daughtry will headline the entertainment lineup for the 2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which will include a special performance from the smash hit Broadway musical BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical as well as a previously announced performance from Country music stars Maddie & Tae.  The weekend will be highlighted by the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million dollar Belmont Stakes, the oldest and most challenging leg of horse racing’s vaunted “Triple Crown”.

The Saturday Line-up


Led by lead singer Chris Daughtry (American Idol season five alum), Daughtry has scored four No. 1 hits (“It’s Not Over," “Home,” “Feels Like Tonight,” and “No Surprise”), garnered four Grammy nominations, won four American Music Awards, sold over 8 million albums, 18 million singles worldwide and sold out concerts around the world. The popular band will perform a short set between the Grade 1 Manhattan and the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11. Immediately following the conclusion of the day’s live racing schedule, Daughtry will lead a special, post-race concert near Belmont’s winner’s circle.


Fans will also enjoy a trackside performance by the highly-acclaimed Broadway hit Beautiful on Belmont Stakes Day. Beautiful is the winner of two Tony Awards and the Grammy Award Winner for “Best Musical Theatre Album” of 2015. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.  The show is still playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it’s now in its third smash year.

The Black Knights

This line-up also features a special performance from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, who will perform the National Anthem on Saturday, and later conduct a special musical tribute to the men and women of the USMA just prior to the running of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile, later that afternoon.

The Friday Line-up

Maddie & Tae

The second day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will feature 6 stakes races, including two graded stakes.  The day will conclude with a special Belmont Stakes Eve concert which will be led by the popular female Country Music duo Maddie & Tae. Nominated for “Vocal Duo of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music Awards, the recording artists journeyed to the top of the charts for their hit “Girl in a Country Song” and are known for a strong, growing and highly-passionate fan base.

Be a Part of History at the 2016 Belmont Stakes!

Don’t miss your chance to witness the next Triple Crown™ winner as he or she earns this prestigious title!  Explore all available package options today, and reserve your spot at the 2016 Belmont Stakes to ensure your presence at this historic event! Tickets for the three-day mega-event are available through, which begins on Thursday, June 9, 2016, and concludes on Saturday, June 11, 2016. 

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