Watch Carrie Underwood’s song “The Champion” featuring Ludacris open the Super Bowl 52 pre-show for NBC.
The clip features Carrie center stage belting out the sports anthem and includes football stars from yesterday and today. It’s a stirring way to kick off the big game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles taking place in Minneapolis (Feb 4).
Instead of airing a variation of the Sunday Night Football theme as the network has done in the past, executive producer Fred Gaudelli told NBC that he asked the American Idol season 4 winner to write a brand new song.
“I think it’s going to become a sports anthem,” he said to Variety about the song co-written by Carrie, Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris. “It’s going to be one of those songs that you see cut to highlights for the next 25 years.” Carrie specifically asked Ludacris to collaborate on the event song produced by Jim Jonsin.
“My husband loved it,” Carrie said of her husband, NHL hockey player, Mike Fisher. “He would listen to it before playoff games. He was like ‘I want everyone to hear it!’ and I had to tell him, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t play it in the locker room. I’m sorry.’ But that was a good indicator that we were on the right track.”
Watch it here.