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Carrie Underwood will open NBC’s Tremendous Bowl LII Feb. four with a video for “The Champion.” Underwood, who has been the voice of NBC’s Sunday Night time Soccer for the final 5 seasons, co-wrote the tune with Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Ludacris, who additionally raps on the tune.
The music video was filmed final yr, earlier than Underwood’s accident that resulted in over 40 facial stitches, and the tune premiered on-line Friday. “Once we had been writing ‘The Champion,’ our essential focus was to have fun athletes on the high of their recreation, however we additionally needed the tune to resonate with individuals of their on a regular basis lives. We hope the lyrics will encourage individuals to push themselves past their limits to beat something they’re making an attempt to perform or overcome,” Underwood mentioned in an announcement. “There is a champion in each single one among us!”
“I’m invincible, unbreakable / Unstoppable, unshakeable / They knock me down / I stand up once more / I’m the champion / You are gon’ know my title / You’ll be able to’t damage me now / I can not really feel the ache,” she sings within the refrain. “I used to be made for this / I used to be born to win / I’m the champion.”
In an announcement to E! Information, Ludacris mentioned, “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carrie for this inspirational tune.” Fred Gaudelli, govt producer of NBC Sunday Night time Soccer and the Tremendous Bowl LII presentation, added, “Once we met with Carrie final yr to debate the Tremendous Bowl open, we every introduced concepts. Carrie offered first. After she spoke, we checked out one another and mentioned, ‘That is the one.’ Afterward, our Olympics producers listened to ‘The Champion’ and determined that it might be an ideal complement for our Winter Video games protection. We’re excited to focus on ‘The Champion’ in two occasions on the worldwide stage in February.” The competitors will kick off on Thursday, Feb. eight, a day earlier than the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9. The Winter Video games will run by means of Sunday, Feb. 25, the day of the Closing Ceremony.
(E! and NBC are each members of the NBCUniversal household.)