If the Maryland Jockey Club's track record for picking Preakness Day entertainment stays true to form, then there are more good things ahead for 17-year-old singer Lorde.
Lorde is scheduled to headline the infield entertainment during InfieldFest at the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course May 17.
Lorde is in good company as a headliner at Preakness.
Last year, the Maryland Jockey Club brought in rap artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who went on to win four Grammy Awards in January, including Best New Artist. In 2012, Maroon 5 was at Pimlico in May, and the album the band released the next month went to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. And in 2011, the MJC signed a young fellow named Bruno Mars for the Preakness. You may have seen him during the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 2.
But Lorde probably doesn't qualify as a so-called find for Preakness talent scouts. She already won a Grammy in January for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her No. 1 single "Royals."
A New Zealand native, Lorde was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut album, "Pure Heroine," and was on the January cover of Rolling Stone.
"Preakness InfieldFest enters its sixth year, now positioned as the region's biggest, best and most unique party with first-class music and top-notch racing throughout the day," Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said in a statement. "Lorde's popularity is rising at a staggering rate from radio spins, to social media to online plays and views. Her appeal cuts across multiple fan demographics and reflects the cutting edge talent fans have come to expect at InfieldFest."
While Lorde will be on the main stage at InfieldFest, there will be live music on a second stage, presented by Jägermeister. Those performers will be announced later. As has been the practice at InfieldFest, other activities are being planned.
* Through Feb. 7: Infield tickets will be reduced to $50, with a MUG Club package of $70 through midnight Feb. 7.
* Feb. 8-April 30: After Feb. 7, tickets will go up to $60 (infield ticket) and $80 (MUG Club) through April.
* Beginning May 1: Prices increase to $70 (infield ticket) and $90 (MUG Club).
The MUG Club allows customers refills on beer in designated mugs (must be 21).
Seating information and ticket reservations are available at preakness.com. Tickets can be bought by calling the Preakness sales office (877-206-8042) or by clicking here.
Additional information can be found on facebook.com/InfieldFest and twitter.com/PreaknessStakes.