This year's Melbourne Cup race-runners will have more competition for the spotlight, with pop star Taylor Swift set to headline the event.

The Victorian Racing Club has announced the global superstar will perform two songs ahead of the race that stops the nation at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, November 5.

VRC chief executive Neil Wilson said he was thrilled to welcome the "world's most celebrated star" to the event.

"To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the world's biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal," Wilson said.

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