For the last five seasons, Country singer Carrie Underwood has opened NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” This year, she will be accompanied by the Atlanta rapper Ludacris for a performance of their new single, “The Champion,” a song that was co-written by the pair for the opening of the Super Bowl LII airing on Feb. 4.
Though it seems odd that such an unlikely pair would collaborate, nobody is complaining. In fact, fans are already finding inspiration in the song, which is exactly what its purpose was intended to do. Underwood also had the help of songwriters Brett James, and Chris DeStefano, to create the hit, however, it was the country music superstar’s idea to feature Ludacris to construct something fresh and unexpected.
Recently, the song and the accompanying lyric video was released. The song immediately opens up in an upbeat, sanguine tone. Similar to other songs by Underwood, her vocals are powerful but moving. The beat definitely resembles a glorifying anthem. As Ludacris’s rapping skyrockets through with some words of wisdom. A perfect chant for all those seeking some motivation.
“When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” Underwood said in a press statement. “We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome. There’s a champion in every single one of us!”
But the song didn’t just come into play out of the blue, it was urged by Sunday Night Football‘s executive producer, Fred Gaudelli. It was uncovered last year that Gaudelli had confronted Underwood to write something new to spice up the year. Specifically something, just for the intention of the Super Bowl that can be passed down for generations.
“It’s going to be very dramatic, very slow, superhero-like action,” Gaudelli said in an interview with Variety. “We’re going to merge all of these very realistic worlds with these very surreal worlds. It’s very symbolic of ‘Sunday Night Football’ — it’s football, but it’s football on performance-enhancing drugs.”
With that being said, the song will also be heard in NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. As for now, the songstress is staying busy in the studio with an upcoming album in the works.
WATCH: CARRIE UNDERWOOD FT. LUDACRIS – “THE CHAMPION”