Carrie Underwood will open Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4 with a video for her new song, “The Champion,” which also features vocals from rapper Ludacris.
Carrie, who has opened Sunday Night Football since 2013, co-penned the anthemic tune with Ludacris, Brett James and Chris DeStefano.
“I love being the voice of Sunday Night Football because I grew up watching football . . . from birth,” says Carrie. “I’m from Oklahoma—we’re a football state. It’s just a part of the country that everybody has their teams and there’s such an energy about it. We would drive down to Dallas and watch the Cowboys play whenever we could. There’s just something about being at a live sporting event or watching it on TV. You have your favorites. They have their rivals. There’s an excitement to it that really, it’s unlike anything else, so being a small part of that is absolutely amazing. Being a part of the Super Bowl is especially amazing because that’s just the biggest of the big. It’s been so wonderful working with everybody at SNF, and I count myself very lucky and very blessed that I get to be a small part of something that I’ve loved my whole life.”
NBC will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which will begin on Feb. 9.
Watch the lyric video for “The Champion” below.
photo by Jason Simanek